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Trip Start Oct 01, 2009
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A minibus and my smelly clothes
At the border crossing in Bonfim/Lethem there was a guy working there called Pugsly; this made me laugh somewhat and I am not sure he was the most happy of people so I did not discuss it with him. He told me to fill out a form and I said can I use his pen........."I am using it", He said
So I looked for mine, which I finally found and when looking up at Pugsly seeing that he had finished with it.....I figured he must have had a few stolen from him and was not prepared to do it again
From Lethem I needed to get a minibus through the jungle which was kind of cool but bloody scary at the same time. The Guyanans do not understand brake! They do understand sleep.....at the wheel and it instils fear into the passangers at the time, whom are mainly Brazilian gold diggers.....there is plenty of gold in Guyana and Brazilian companies. There are also women who go there; they are also gold diggers but of a different variety.
The Jungle road has so many pot holes and bumps that I do not understand how the buses survive.....but they do. The whole journey is a real nightmare, however, as there is a section in the jungle that closes until 4 in the morning, then there is a boat crossing that starts at 6 am, THEN there is a bridge just before Georgetown that is not open until 3 pm in the afternoon. This is part of the reason why I missed my initial flight!!!!
My second flight I left 2 days early from Manaus....this does not help in Guyana - the earlier you are the more they will make you wait around. I was still on the same time scale when leaving the border as I was the first time. This is half due to buses late from boa vista but in the border I arrived at 8 pm and the passport control closed at 6.30 pm, therefore I had to wait in Lethem
We rocked up at the junction, I saw a guyana taxi with "Lucky" on each wing mirror. I knew I was going to get the flight. I asked him "you are lucky?"......he said "Yeah Maaaaaaaaaaaaan"!!! The time approached 1.40 pm and I was standing in the queue. The lady did not tell me I was too late so I plonked my bag on the scale and smiled sweetly! :)
On the plane from Trinidad (a stop over) I had a couple sitting next to me....this was not for long as they felt there was more space at the back
I am home and feel like I have had a wonderful trip. I will keep it in memory until that inevitible metophorical bus comes to mow me down (I just hope not in Guyana) and will cherish every second I have on this planet as now I know more and more of it. I really do hope that I am able to view the rest some day, and will encourage anyone to do the same. It is beautiful and should not be missed!