Travel Blogs from Guyana

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Arrival in Frienship!, Friendship, Guyana travel blog

Arrival in Frienship!

A travel blog entry by jaime.hurlbut

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Today we (Tiffany and I) finally arrived in Friendship, the village in which we'll be teaching. The end of orientation was both exciting and sad -- it's exciting to get to our schools, but sad to leave all of the people we've met and made bonds with ...

Jah Man...arrival in Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Jah Man...arrival in Guyana

A travel blog entry by leobeck

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... that I will be assisted by four youth volunteers from the Guyana Red Cross and other youth groups as well as employees from the Guyana National Blood Transfusion Service (the Blood Bank), as well as the Blood Safety Officer from the Guyana CDC. We have a ...

Receptions, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Receptions

A travel blog entry by guanohappens

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... with trip to Kaieteur Falls in the "hinterlands" as the interior is referred to here. Last night reception with Guyana Nurses Association--same story, different continent. One of the nurses performed a skit that was basically a conversation ...

Almost October, Friendship, Guyana travel blog

Almost October

A travel blog entry by jaime.hurlbut

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As the first month of teaching at Friendship comes to a close, I can honestly say that it is still going very well and that I do love teaching the students here. However, I have never been so exhausted in my entire life, and I cannot even begin to ...

Flying the falls, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Flying the falls

A travel blog entry by holident

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Today was the flight to Kaieteur Falls; the 4th most impressive in the world (after Victoria, Iguacu & Niagara). Being Good Friday & the flight pickup not until 11am I returned to bed after breakfast. The drive to the airport took an hour. Once there ...

An English speaking country - how strange!, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

An English speaking country - how strange!

A travel blog entry by elliotandcarla

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We arrived quite late to Georgetown and checked into a cute guesthouse called Rima before heading over the road for a quick beer before bed (always got to try the local beers as soon as possible). We met the owner of the bar and he gave us a quick ...

Birthday in Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Birthday in Guyana

A travel blog entry by pattiwhite

... , for karaoke night, then some friends came back to our place and just chilled there until way too late. Saturday I celebrated my birthday Guyana style. I just hung out with Annika and Jackie during the day, it was low key day, and it was great. The ...

The Zoo, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

The Zoo

A travel blog entry by leobeck

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I went to the zoo the other day. It is a small zoo attached to the botanical gardens-the same place where I saw the manatees. The majority of the animals are birds: parrots, macaws, cranes, and even a few eagles (you can see the photo of me with a very ...

Weekend adventures, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Weekend adventures

A travel blog entry by leobeck

... at the zoo.....we'll see. The other noteworthy event from dinner was that I didn't understand about half of what went on. I know I said Guyana is an English speaking country, which it is. But, here in da Caribbean ma, we be talkin lik dis an rel fas ma ...

Jonestown!--ok, not there yet, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Jonestown!--ok, not there yet

A travel blog entry by leobeck

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It has been about two weeks and I am officially known around town as White Rasta.  Ok, so I might be exaggerating a little.  Things are going well and I am gearing up for a week in a smaller town.  New Amsterdam is the capital of the ...

Week 1 of Orientation over!, Bartica, Guyana travel blog

Week 1 of Orientation over!

A travel blog entry by jaime.hurlbut

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... because we've learned that a big problem in the country is that the majority of people who get a University education end up leaving Guyana for the U.S. or someplace else, kind of like a big brain drain. So I was so encouraged to hear this guy be ...

Election, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Election

A travel blog entry by benmaas

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On Monday August elections were held in Guyana. I was posted as an international observer with OAS for polling stations up the coast from Georgetown. It was a very interesting experience. Elections are held every 5 years and there is much political ...

Research, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Research

A travel blog entry by mishkabobala

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... during my internship with Red Thread last summer shows that there are many barriers to achieving gender equality in Guyana. These include extremely high proportions of domestic and gender based violence, poor quality and inconsistent access to medical ...

Sprawling Dilapidation, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Sprawling Dilapidation

A travel blog entry by atlpilot36

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Eclectic Mom and Pop type sprawl is the best way to describe the shopping scene in Guyana. Tiny stores crushed under the weight of 2 or 3 stories above them line the trash fouled streets.  Whether it is the Fatt Dong Chinese Restaurant or the ...

Raisin Rice with Pineapple, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Raisin Rice with Pineapple

A travel blog entry by mishkabobala

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Today Esther and I held a fundraiser selling hot dogs at the sea wall although we were supposed to do it in front of the Republic Bank (the confirmation of which came through the day before, however once we opened the envelope at the end of the day to ...

Into the badlands of Georgetown, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Into the badlands of Georgetown

A travel blog entry by olimoss

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... We were eventually towed out by a passing minibus before driving on to the edge of the mighty and fast-flowing Essequibo river. The word 'Guyana' is apparently an Amerindian term meaning 'land of many waters', and it is easy to see why as any map shows an ...

Emancipation Day, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Emancipation Day

A travel blog entry by mishkabobala

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... 't posted about such topics, nor updated my blog much more generally, it is probably obvious that I haven't done much traveling throughout Guyana, or even spent much time engaging in cultural activities. This is on account of two things: lack of time and ...

Georgetown - Fried Chicken and Cesspools, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Georgetown - Fried Chicken and Cesspools

A travel blog entry by atlpilot36

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Getting here was an adventure and being here is even more of one.  How does Atlanta-Pittsburgh-JFK-Georgetown, Guyana sound?  Yeah, sometimes you have to transer in hell to find tropical paradise.  Well actually, let me reserve comment on ...

Time Flies!, Friendship, Guyana travel blog

Time Flies!

A travel blog entry by jaime.hurlbut

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... *On November 5th I went to this a big Reggae/Soca party at the National Park, which was a blast. Pretty much everyone in Guyana is an amazing dancer. I'm pretty sure they start dancing in the womb. You'll see little 5 year old boys dancing better ...

Thanksgiving in Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Thanksgiving in Guyana

A travel blog entry by pattiwhite

... it was an awesome night, everyone was happy to be able to have a taste of home. I am happy I was able to get that weekend to rest and recoop, the week has only just begun here, there seems to be a very valid reasons to party every night in ...

Another week gone, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Another week gone

A travel blog entry by pattiwhite

The week was pretty slow, I am trying to recall what I did, and the only thing that is coming to memory is my weekly Wednesday bar trip with Jackie. Last week was a fish shop. It was really nice, didn't smell like fish, not so crowded and we were able ...

People we meet along the way, Linden, New Amsterdam and Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

People we meet along the way

A travel blog entry by leobeck

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In my brief time here in Guyana, I have run into a few characters and interesting situations.  Please allow me just a few lines to describe my encounters and those Guyanese whose paths have crossed with mine.   Due to my appearance, I ...

Kaieteur Falls, Kaieteur Falls, Guyana travel blog

Kaieteur Falls

A travel blog entry by benmaas

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Day trip to Kaieteur Falls with all the Canadian interns in Georgetown.  It is supposedly the worlds tallest 'single drop' waterfall in the world.  A quick google search will reveal the the tourism authority made up that statistic.  But ...

keepin' on keepin' on, Friendship, Guyana travel blog

keepin' on keepin' on

A travel blog entry by jaime.hurlbut

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Good day, good day! I just wanted to post a quick one saying that things are going very well and seem to get even better each week. I'm really beginning to love teaching here in Friendship, and although the students are a handful sometimes, overall it is ...

Red Thread and Mother's March, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Red Thread and Mother's March

A travel blog entry by mishkabobala

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... more conducive to learning, it took us the whole afternoon and the next day.  On Wednesday three women from the Guyana Book Foundation (the organization which donated the books, tables and chairs at the Red Thread library)  came to visit to ...

My Apartment, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

My Apartment

A travel blog entry by benmaas

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Thought I would put up some pictures of where I am living. Rent is fairly high in Georgetown, especially for foreigners. I have a suite in a decent sized house. It has air conditioning which is great. Electricity is very expensive but I got the ...

Sorry for going AWOL, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Sorry for going AWOL

A travel blog entry by mishkabobala

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... of the last month (seriously, it has been that long?!). May started off busy, with a talk held at the University of Guyana regarding the labour movement, the role of unions in Guyana's social and political history and how working class organizing has ...

End of Term 2!, Friendship, Guyana travel blog

End of Term 2!

A travel blog entry by jaime.hurlbut

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... it's almost the last term already...very scary how fast time flies sometimes. As I get more comfortable living and teaching in Guyana, the time just goes faster and faster.  I am definitely enjoying each minute though, and have learned and gained so ...

Georgetown it is, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Georgetown it is

A travel blog entry by mishkabobala

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... perpetuate the disadvantage of the most marginalized classes. As such, Red Thread remains one of the most radical women's organizations in Guyana and perhaps the Caribbean.  It has been in operation for over 20 years and with successes such as seeing ...

Iguana Story, Friendship, Guyana travel blog

Iguana Story

A travel blog entry by jaime.hurlbut

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I'm actually going to take this time and space to tell a story that happened about a month ago, but that I haven't had time to write about until now. It was around the end of August, and it was a pretty normal Saturday--I went running, showered, made ...

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