Holi!

Trip Start Feb 08, 2013
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Trip End May 16, 2013


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Due to the Holi-day & in order to catch the first of only two ferries into Guyana we met the truck for a 3am departure; was surprisingly in good spirits despite the early hour. Once on the truck everyone went back to sleep. I awoke again at 7am as we arrived at the ferry terminal.

The first ferry was at 9am, so after a short wait we all got off the truck for tickets, passport control, & an exit stamp. What little I had left of Surinamese dollars was exchanged with one of the money changers patrolling the border. After more than an hour all formalities had been completed, into the truck documentation. We boarded the ferry by foot with the dozens of locals.

It was only a short journey across to the other side, maybe 30 mins. Many people, as usual, were fascinated by our truck. Onboard I spoke with an older gentleman who worked for the UN in the Guianas & NY. Sounded like a great job flying all over the world weekly.

Entering Guyana we had more paperwork at customs. As is the normal the truck paperwork took the most time; this time they briefly searched the vehicle. Given the early start it felt like it took forever, everyone just wanted to get back on the truck for a nap!

On the road to Georgetown we saw lots of people celebrating the Indian Holi festival - finally found it! A number of times coloured water was thrown at the windows; most entering my window! Large numbers of youths drove around the streets on the back of trucks with water weapons in hand. One truck, attention distracted with us, was stealthily attacked by another; they got drenched - hilarious. Many of the local's skin were stained with the different coloured powder. It was amazing to watch the sheer enjoyment of the whole community.

Even though all the Guianas are small, each has its own unique feel. The houses lining the road were primarily built on stilts as most of the country is at or below water level.

Once in Georgetown we went to our guesthouse; located next to the local Magistrates court (& overlooking the detention cells filled with loud-mouthed criminals). Once assigned rooms a few of us went in search of an ATM. Georgetown has a reputation for violence after dark so we were quick to go whilst it was still light; although I felt protected with 6ft+ adult males by my side!

Due to the public Holi-day most of the places were closed, however we managed to find a place not too far from our guesthouse for a drink, 'Jerries bar'. All but 2 of us then went for some Chinese for dinner. First we went to the tables up stairs, a little too posh. The takeaway area downstairs was more to everyone's liking. Shared a chow mien, sweet & sour chicken, & beef in a black bean sauce with fried rice - yum!

Bed was then gratefully welcomed after a very long day...
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