Kumuni Creek, Arawak village
Trip Start May 15, 2006
7Trip End May 24, 2006
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Yesterday toured zoo--some lovely habitats but mostly very old and substandard. Amazing that, without lawyers and safety engineers here, many animals, even carnivores, are readily accessible to "play with". My long-suffering straw hat was already on its last legs, and the tayra, fox, ocelot, and jaguarundi had a field day pawing at it and occasionally getting ahold of it, as did the various monkeys. It is now thoroughly shot, but not so bad that I didn't wear it on today's trip! I laugh about taking it back to Target and asking for my money back, saying it only lasted me a week (indeed, in Iowa I found the same hat at Target so now I'm back in business)! I got wonderful shots of a harpy eagle, because I could approach its cage and it was only about two feet away! Would never fly in the US...
Also amazing at the zoo--I took several shots of the hawkheaded parrot, and explained to an observing zoo employee that I have one at home. He said, "Next time you come, you let me know ahead of time and I get heem fo' you", pointing to the cage
Crazy place, but very beautiful outside of Georgetown, which we have all seen enough of despite its colonial tropical charms and crazy minibuses and taxis driving without any working traffic lights in town! Tomorrow the students will follow staff nurses at the public hospital, then we will tour a private hospital, then after lunch our last shopping and a tour of an orphanage.
We set out at 3 a.m. (not a typo) Wednesday for our long day of travel. Whew! Good times but ready for home. Taking an Ambien and turning in early for our last full night's sleep for the next 36-48 hours.