May 15, 2006
May 24, 2006
We made the flight with plenty of time for a duty-free rum run at the airport store. Demerara rum is the best in the world! I wanted to also haul back a 5 # bag of real Demerara sugar, but I got "turista" on my last day and couldn't make it to the market. A colleague gave me a couple of baggies of sugar from her bag, though. Just means I have to go back on a Demerara sugar run-what a shame! Lucky I got a little taste of Kumuni Creek to ensure my return!
Up at 1:50 a.m. to be out the guest house door at 2:30. Good old Otis, our reliable minivan driver, there for us on time. His friend with a van for the luggage, however, arrived an hour later after being awakened by Otis. Now an hour late to the airport, and with VERY FEW flights out of Guyana per day, we were pulled over at a checkpoint manned by Guyanese soldiers wielding AK-47s. I wanted a picture, but the other passengers vetoed that idea! Once Otis cleared his documents with the soldier, we proceeded on. In hindsight, I probably should have been more afraid, as all it would take is for just one of our nursing students to be carrying drugs for all of us to be hauled in. At the time I blithely thought, "Well, whatever it is they are looking for, we ain't got!" Sheesh.