Trip Start Oct 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 27, 2011

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Flag of Guyana  , Mahaica-Berbice,
Monday, April 4, 2011

Hey all, I am writing again with just a very quick update of my weekend.  For the first time since I arrived, I traveled outside of Georgetown on Sunday.  We went to Berbice which I believed was in the interior because Guyana is broken up into administrative regions somewhat like provinces, and there are two regions with name Berbice (Mahaica Berbice which is Region 5 and East Berbice-Corentyne which is region 6). Most of East Berbice-Corentyne spans across the interior with only a small portion on the coast. Little did I know that the roads don't go very far into interior East Berbice-Corentyne anyway (you would have to fly to get to the interior), and we never actually went to Region 6.  We went to a town called Rosignol which is still in Region 5 (but just barely... cross the bridge over river [which we saw from where we were] and you are in region 6). 

  Region 1      Barima-Waini
  Region 2      Pomeroon-Supenaam
  Region 3      Essequibo Islands-West Demerara
  Region 4      Demerara-Mahaica
  Region 5      Mahaica-Berbice
  Region 6      East Berbice Corentyne
  Region 7      Cuyuni-Mazaruni
  Region 8      Potaro-Siparuni
  Region 9      Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo
  Region 10     Upper Demerara-Berbice\

As a result, I haven't actually been to the interior yet.  We just followed the coastal road through region 5 (as you can see on the Google map included in the blog), so I got to see some of the more rural areas of Guyana. I am including a couple of videos of Rosignol itself and the Mahaica Berbice scenery.  I went down there to get a feel for the community because we were asked by her friend Natasha to help develop some kind of Youth Network there to get the kids off the streets, doing drugs and wasting their potential (Pere has had training in mobilizing youth, youth empowerment and leadership, so I am just along for the ride to see how I can help). This will be a reoccurring thing so I will update about that later.  The biggest obstacle staring my fellow secular friend in the face is that we are doing it through a masjid so we are hoping we will be able to look at it as a community based initiative instead of a faith based initiative.  We shall see.  In the meantime here are the videos!

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Jessimesh on

Have you gone swimming in the ocean at all? What are the beaches like?

mishkabobala on

Actually there really aren't any beaches around this area because Georgetown sits below sea level when the tide is high, therefore there is a sea wall to keep the water from coming into the city. Did you see that picture of us sitting on a wall at night? That was the sea wall and is as close to touching the ocean as I have gotten. The other thing is that the Demerara river flows into the ocean very, very close by, so the water is actually quite muddy and not really that appealing for swimming.... I might go to the west of the country at some point to check out Shell beach sometime... I hope that might be swimming conducive! We shall see!


Guyana is a real nice place!!!

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