Another wet carnival!

Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 06, 2011

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 64 March 8th continued - After the crazy drive to Saint Laurent du Maroni, I made it in one piece within 3 hours of leaving Cayenne. Tried one hotel, they were full, so went to hotel Star, and stayed in a kind of dormitory style room, but it had a TV and I got there just in time for Barcelona v Arsenal with French commentary. I was tipping it down outside, so no chance to explore the border town.

Arsenal game was pretty poor after Van Persie got sent off, the French commentators kept calling the ref 'stupide!! stupide!!'!

Braved the rain to go find some food, but wait, another carnival, in the pouring rain, but this one looked a little more dangerous. People were getting chased down the street, cars were screaming on by and I was still wearing swimming shorts and a popper top, no chance of wearing more than that in the wet. After wandering down a few dark streets, as the restaurants recommended were all closed, I found a Chinese place, it was locked. I knocked on the door a few times, and normally I would do the British thing and walk off within a few seconds, but I stayed, even after a kid inside waved his finger at me saying no entry! I'm hungry, I'm coming in!!

Owner opened the door, and I had some wonderfully warm Chinese soup followed by curried beef with rice and even some ice cream and a couple of beers! The place was busy and I had to share my table with an older couple, they had deep fried chicken and fries????

Walked through the monsoon to get back to my room, packed my bag ready and gave my camera another go, man, it's still not working! Sob Sob!

Miles walked 1.63
Temp 26C 80F

Day 65 March 9th - I had to get up at 6am for the 7am Ferry to Albina on the Suriname side of the river. Woke at 625am, dressed and asked for a taxi at reception guy shrugged his shoulders, think he rang his mum and said no taxis, but I could walk it. 2kms in 30 minutes, sounds easy, but I'm lugging my stuff. So I just got on with it and walked, luckily within ten minutes I was there, some dudes were telling me they had an awesome canoe for crossing the river. I refused those, sure I read something about it being illegal, picked up an exit police stamp from French Guiana and walked onto the boat, with around 8 cars. Imagine the Cowes floating bridge, same size but not chains, ride was 20 minutes and still, it was raining!! Soon, I'll be stepping off into Suriname, old Dutch Guiana!

Sorry, no pictures of the place or the food I ate or the transport, I was still giving the camera a chance!!

So French Guiana, I spent almost six days here, longer than any other place except Rio. I loved the food, I loved the beach, and I partly enjoyed the rainforest. However, I did not enjoy the pouring rain, the only thing that made it French was the language (kind of) and the food. People were not as helpful or polite or kind, so France in essence. I feel proud to have braved other people's doubts and entered the Guianas. They are a logistical nightmare, but I can now say I've been to French Guiana, would I go back again, not in the near future, but I would like to experience the country in the hotter months.

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Pete on

Who needs a camera when u can borrow pictures from google images!

Toni on

I thought you had ordered a new camera?

mum and andy on

hope you are ok,miss the photos,pete and kim say hi from the iow,easton sleeping all night and feeling a bit better,he is a cute little guy. good luck with rest of trip,we love you lots.xx

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