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... whilst practising our Caribbean accents...
The British took control of Guyana in 1796. After the abolition of slavery in 1834, Africans unsurprisingly refused to work on plantations for wages and many established their own villages in the bush. Plantations closed or consolidated because of the labour shortage, but the sugar industry was resurrected with the help of an imported work force from Portugal, India and China, drastically transforming the nation's ...
... began to get really rough, we found ourselves at the pier in Parika. We got off the boat and began our walk to our car.
At one of the street intersections, we stopped at the market to buy some fruit. Actually, Leslie had been looking for potatoes for our dinner that evening. Not one of the vendors we checked with had potatoes.
I believe we were all relieved to get into the relatively ...
Finally, we had enough, and we returned for the lodge for a huge, delicious lunch. We had been expecting the usual sandwich fare, but, instead, we had salads, chicken, and various creole foods. Nummy.
Then, we flew home, passing over many gold mining regions. Sometimes, it is impossible to see how the equipment was brought in to mine the gold, as the sites exist away from both roads and rivers, We understand that sometimes what’s needed ...
... everyone looking for the best spot from which to watch. Many children across from us passed the time waiting on the floats by playing a game of jump rope.
Finally, after much waiting and anticipation, the first float arrived. The occasion reminded me of a parade of lights one might see in Anytown, USA, during the Christmas season. The only difference is there were quite a few wide gaps between many of the floats. From that first float to the last, there was ...
... the open vats does not negatively impact the distillation process.
From the vats the wash goes to any of a number of available stills. The first one we were taken to is known as the EHP Wooden Coffey still. EHP stands for Edward Henry Porter. The still was apparently originally from his estate. Coffey is the type of still. That particular still has been in continuous use since 1880. It is constructed with local greenheart wood. It is the only one of ...