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... kilometers to the west. Both Elroy and Worren said the trip would take about an hour.
We had to drive to Parika because that is where the boats depart for Bartica. The roads on the west side of the Demerara were in much better condition than those on our side of the river. Regardless, because of being just two lanes, the traffic, and passing through several villages, the trip most definitely took an hour.
Once in Parika ...
... cross the river on boats and go to school in Brazil. After the falls, the river makes and abrupt turn and begins descending through a series of cataracts until it disappears into the forest.
These falls are not spectacular, but we really enjoyed them a lot. They are broad falls, consisting of three or four tiers and in several sections. None of the drops are particularly high, but the overall impression is beautiful. The rocks that form the riverbed ...
... worshiping her.
Another recurring theme in the motorcade was two elephants. They apparently signify the attainment of spiritual and material prosperity.
Apparently part of the celebration includes sharing candy and/or cookies with others. While I was busy trying to photograph the scene, one of the participants gave Leslie a couple of sweet cookies of some sort. Unfortunately, neither was shared with the author. Regardless, Leslie said they were wonderful!
Today is Columbus Day, so I had the day off. Even in the midst of this stupid Government shutdown I am still working; at least for now.
Since it is an American holiday, all of the Guyanese businesses are open, including the Demerara Distillers Limited. They are much better known as the makers of El Dorado Rum.
A group of seven of us rode a bus that had been arranged by our Community Liaison Officer. We were picked up at about 09:20. About an ...
Making my way back to the Water Street area I found some fishermen off-loading their morning catch. This was just north of the Water Street warehouses, near one of the drainage gates. There were two boats moored there. Up on the bank was a small truck with bins in the rear. The truck was parked by a telephone pole guy-wire. The owner of the truck had secured his scale to that. The fishermen brought their buckets and baskets full of ...