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    • Jun21

      A few days off the boat

      June 21, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      Craig and I hired a car and left the boat for a few days. The first thing we did was get stuck in the mud. 🙈 In Craig’s defence, it was my fault. I suggested that we park in the only shady spot around. Because it rains every day, the shady spots never dry out and are in fact well-concealed swampy spots. Luckily help was driving by, so we were rescued. We had a wonderful (but hot) afternoon in the Peperpot Nature Reserve, visited the open air museum and had two nights of aircon! 😅 We also visited some old plantation sites. In the 1600’s when the Dutch took over, they started plantations to export colonial products like sugar, coffee, and cocoa. They were extremely successful but only because they used slaves and were apparently some of the cruelest slave masters at the time. When slavery was finally abolished in 1863, the plantations folded and there are no working plantations in Suriname anymore.Read more

      Traveler

      Air con sounds good. I wouldn't have been able to leave. Just out of interest, did the Dutch bring the slaves over from Africa? [[No need to reply, I just googled it]]

      7/16/22Reply
      SailingFOB

      What is the answer? 😬

      7/18/22Reply

      good of them to allow girls to pee on the cage [faros]

      7/18/22Reply
      SailingFOB

      Isn’t it just! Or maybe they know that we would never even contemplate it! 😁

      7/18/22Reply
       
    • Jun20

      Food stuff

      June 20, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      I love going to the food markets and seeing what’s different. For starters, the beans (kouseband) in Suriname are about 5 times longer than those at home, and delicious. They chop them finely and cook them with onions. They are served with most rotis, which are usually not rolled, and you eat them with your fingers (often resulting in yellow fingernails 😁). We also found some pampelmousse which are like huge grapefruit, but not quite as tart. The pineapples are also sweeter and look more pointed than our stocky variety. The dragonfruit are startlingly stunning and taste a bit like kiwi fruit. Crisps are seldom made from potatoes but rather from cassava, bananas or breadfruit.
      In general, the cuisine comprises dishes from many different cultures like Indian, African, Indonesian, Chinese and Dutch and it’s quite different from the rest of the continent. Chicken, rice, cassava, shrimps or noodles are found in most dishes - usually spiced with peppers - and it’s all very tasty. There’s not much in the cake department though. I found a cake called bojo, which is made from cassava and coconut (and gluten free if you’re interested). It was full of flavour but looked and tasted very stodgy. I still ate it! 😆 I was also very relieved to find limes for my margaritas! 🤣
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      What a culinary adventure Jane, those ingredients and flavours sound & look deliciously healthy! Xx [FionaAngus]

      7/13/22Reply

      Jealous of the food culture [Norma]

      7/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      One of my best things of travelling is experiencing local food, meals etc yum!!!

      7/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Now you talking

      8/18/22Reply
       
    • Jun17

      Some Surinamese wildlife

      June 17, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

      Well, I haven’t seen a puma or a boa constrictor (small mercies) but there is an abundance and variety of other wildlife here. We have seen some naughty monkeys, leaf cutter ants, hummingbird babies, fast-moving sloths, moths that wear their heart on their wings, toucans, lots of lizards and leguaans, Kisadees (the national bird), river dolphins and turtles! 😊 Craig went on a nighttime boat trip to look for caymans (crocs) but I was unfortunately extremely busy and couldn’t make it. 😜Read more

      Traveler

      Looks amazing!

      6/29/22Reply

      WONDERFULLY EXOTIC! [Wendy Rijksen-Bubb]

      6/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      Who needs snakes when you have leguaans...

      7/12/22Reply
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    • Jun12

      Let’s get slothed!

      June 12, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      If you were, for some reason, to consider the digestion of a sloth, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s quite slow. In fact, they descend from the tree tops just once a week to poop, which is odd considering how vulnerable they are on the ground. There are a few resident sloths at the marina here and one was spotted last Friday dragging itself along the sand. So I have been conducting a sloth stake-out, but sadly must have missed the ablution date. However, this morning, a juvenile sloth fell out of its tree (the height of failure, I should imagine, in the sloth world) but luckily it landed in some water and was fine. We saw it crawling along the ground (and it looked a lot like me after a jug of margaritas 😂) but it was a bit disoriented so one of the marina staff picked it up and put it back in a tree. Thankfully it was a three-toed sloth, as apparently the two-toed variety screech and scratch and bite. We then watched it slowly ascend and disappear into the canopy of leaves and my heart was happy. Seeing a sloth was the number one item on my list for Suriname, mainly because I think that we might actually be related. 😁Read more

      Traveler

      Wow that is soooooooo cool!! I’m sure I’m related to sloths too!! 😁 🦥

      6/12/22Reply

      Remarkable animals. Thanks for the video & info. You make me laugh😂. [Slother- Betty’s Bay]

      6/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      Precious little thing! Love your commentary - so funny. Also have sloth blood in me. 😉👍🏻

      6/13/22Reply
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    • Jun3

      Oh my heart!

      June 3, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

      This tiny green turtle hatchling went racing towards the ocean, flippers flapping, into the surf… and then was gone! No mommy or daddy to look after it! 🥺🥺🥺 Hatchlings engage in a ‘swimming frenzy’ for a day or two to get away from the shallow waters. These little creatures can swim the gauntlet of predators at up to 60m per minute at first. Another interesting fact is that the sex of a turtle is not determined by chromosomes but rather by the temperature outside the turtle egg. Generally, if it incubates over 29 degrees Celsius, it will produce a female, so global warming is causing havoc with the male/female ratios.Read more

      What a gorgeous sighting! [Gabi]

      6/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      Too adorable! is next stop Trinidad and Tobago?

      6/9/22Reply

      Thanks for the details & photos. What an incredible experience. [Neil]

      6/9/22Reply
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    • Jun2

      Turtle mania

      June 2, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      We were on a mission to see some turtles. It involved a one hour drive to Paramaribo and a two hour ferry ride across the Suriname River to a beach called Braamspunt. Along the way we saw some river dolphins, which are not very common. Once at the beach we had to wait for nightfall and then we went searching. We were lucky enough to find a leatherback turtle that had just crawled out of the ocean. We had to wait for about 45 mins white she dug her nesting pit and (surprisingly large) egg chamber. Once turtles start laying their eggs they go into a bit of a trance and then it’s safe to move closer. You may only use a red light to see her - white light is too disruptive. The soft eggs plop gently into the chamber and she usually lays about 100 eggs. Then she uses her back flippers to push the sand back over the nest and cover the eggs. She pats it down and then she’s off - back into the sea. Only about one in a thousand hatchlings will survive.Read more

      Traveler

      What a wonderful experience

      6/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      Always find it so emotional to watch turtles laying eggs and covering them so carefully... 😢

      6/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wow what an incredible thing to experience!!

      6/8/22Reply
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    • May31

      Arriving in Suriname

      May 31, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We arrived in Suriname 56 days after leaving Cape Town. Our last night at sea was a bit hectic: We needed to arrive at the Suriname River mouth at sunrise, but Fob had been flying along so we had quite a few hours to kill. We had to sail away from land and try to slow the boat down and this often resulted in the swells being side-on and causing a LOT of discomfort. In the middle of the night we were radioed by another vessel that instructed us to sail 10nm south because they were doing seismic blasting. 😡 We should have said no! But eventually the sun rose and we started up the river, fighting a 4knt current for a while. Our marina is 30nm up the creek and it took us about 6 hours to get there, but it was wonderful sailing past the lush tropical forests. There is only one other yacht moored here, so it’s wonderfully peaceful.Read more

      Traveler

      Such a cheek 🤣😁

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Magnifique 🎉🎉

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      wow

      6/3/22Reply
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    • Day128

      First Day in Paramaribo

      May 8, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      After quite a fiasco getting to Suriname with a 2 hour delay, and then the whole issue with the hotel I booked online (wrong address, waiting for a cab to the right place, and then being overbilled, requirement to pay in cash, and walking out), followed by walking across town at 1 am to find another hotel that was closed, but got in anyway . . . after all that, I had a nice walk around town, and lunch.Read more

    • Day27

      iPads & gekookte banaan

      June 15, 2017 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Vandaag op school hadden we 3 iPadlessen. Eerst groep 4 en toen twee lessen bij groep 5 (er zijn 2 groepen 5).

      De kids in groep 4 kennen we nu een beetje door de leeslessen. We gingen op de iPad ook lezen oefenen dus ik ging mn kids even helpen. Ze waren heel enthousiast en deden echt heel goed hun best.

      Na de pauze gingen we iPadlessen geven aan groep 5a en 5b. Veel kinderen hebben hier moeite met lezen en rekenen dus in deze klassen hebben we altijd genoeg te doen qua hulp bieden en uitleg geven. De uren vliegen dan om en voor je het weet is het al tijd om naar huis te gaan.

      's Avonds hebben we gekookte banaan gegeten. Dat is echt m'n nieuwe favoriet!! We hadden ook nog een beetje tempeh over en we aten er rijst met ei bij dus echt een topmaaltijd.

      Morgen is het alweer vrijdag: de week vliegt echt om! Na vrijdag zijn we alweer 3 weken in Brownsweg, dus op de helft van de 6 weken werken..

      * Op de foto zie je ons heerlijke eten :) *
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      Tom Breed

      Gekookte banaan, hoe doe je dat?

      6/19/17Reply
      Puck Breed

      Je pakt een kookbanaan met schil, snijdt onder en boven eraf en een snee erin en dan kook je het 15-20 minuten

      6/19/17Reply
      Tom Breed

      Maar wat is dan een kookbanaan

      6/19/17Reply
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    • Day29

      Dolfijnen, brommen & feest!

      June 17, 2017 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Vandaag was echt een hele leuke dag! 's Ochtends ontbeten we met een gekookt banaantje (jum!) om vervolgens te vertrekken naar de steiger. Vanaf daar gingen we met de boot richting de monding van de Atlantische oceaan om dolfijnen te spotten!

      De bootsman (Albert) hadden we al eerder ontmoet bij een feestje van toen we eerder in Mariënburg waren. We waren in totaal met 7 mensen: Don, Gaby, Albert, Tefan, Seggie (familie van Don & Gaby), Hanneke en ik. We namen brommers mee op de boot zodat we later een stukje konden brommen.

      Het was heel gezellig op de boot. We zaten continu te speuren naar dolfijnen maar die waren nog best lastig te vinden. Albert spot heel vaak dolfijnen dus hij wist precies welk golfje wel een dolfijn was en welke niet. Ineens wees hij en jahoor, er was een dolfijn! Het was een beetje onwerkelijk om echt een wilde dolfijn te zien. Helaas was de dolfijn alleen dus zagen we alleen deze af en toe boven komen.
      We gingen een stukje verder varen, op zoek naar andere dolfijnen. Later zagen we er nog eentje maar we konden maar geen groep vinden. Ondertussen waren we al best dicht bij de oceaan en sloeg het weer ook om. We gingen richting ons eindpunt, toen Albert ineens dolfijnen zag. We gingen er heen en zagen ineens heel veel dolfijnen! Er waren er denk ik 8. Ze zwommen samen en kwamen af en toe boven. Een paar sprongen zelfs! Zo hoog dat je ze helemaal zag. Heel bijzonder!!

      Na de dolfijnen gingen we aanleggen bij een steiger. Daar haalde Albert eten voor ons bij een warung: gefrituurde casave: heel lekker! Het begon ineens heel hard te regenen dus bleven we even schuilen bij de steiger. Toen het weer opklaarde maakte we ons klaar om te brommen. Het gebied waar we gingen rijden, waren vroeger plantages. Nu is er heel veel natuur en wat huizen.

      De wegen waren best wel hobbelig en glad door de regen. De omgeving was echt prachtig om te zien en het was heel gezellig op de brommer. Ik zat achterop bij Tefan en hij liet allemaal vogels/vissen en hagedissen zien. Sommige vogels waren knalgeel met zwarte vleugels, heel mooi!

      We maken een superlange tour op de brommer, ik denk wel van een uur of 2 (als het niet langer was). Heel veel mooie dingen gezien!

      Na het brommen zijn we met de boot teruggegaan naar Mariënburg, waar we teruggingen naar het huis van Don & Gaby. Familie van Gaby kwam ons ophalen. Reyes was ook mee en die zei gelijk tegen Hanneke "There's a surprise for you" omdat ze een surprisefeestje hadden gegeven voor Hanneke en het huis heel mooi hadden versierd. Hanneke is maandag namelijk jarig maar we vierden het vandaag alvast.

      Eenmaal thuis liet Reyes gelijk alle versiering en het eten zien. De moeder van Gaby had zoveel eten gemaakt! Ze had alle basis vegetarisch gemaakt omdat ik er was, zo lief! Dingen die normaal met vlees worden gemaakt (pom, pastei, nasi, bami) waren nu dus vega dus kon ik alles proeven.

      Wij dachten dat we gewoon met hetzelfde clubje als op de boot en dan de buren (familie van Gaby) gingen eten maar er kwamen superveel mensen. Ik denk dat er wel 30 mensen waren die allemaal langskwamen om te eten. Sommigen hadden zelfs een cadeautje mee voor Hanneke, te lief!

      Er was ook voor taart gezorgd (een mega slagroomtaart) en we weren ondergedompeld in de Surinaamse traditie. Eerst worden de kaarsjes neergezet en aangestoken, dan gezongen (ook in het Surinaams), dan mag de jarige blazen en de taart snijden en het eerste hapje nemen. En dan... wordt er gesmeerd! Toen kreeg Hanneke dus de taart in haar gezicht, hihi. Haar reflex was heel snel dus Don (die de taart smeerde) kreeg de volle laag terug. Helaas kan ik geen filmpjes toevoegen want het staat op video :)

      De rest van de avond was dus heel gezellig maar op een gegeven moment werd ik wel heel moe van al die mensen, ook omdat we al zo'n drukke dag achter de rug hadden. Maar het was een topdag en Hanneke was heel erg jarig!

      * Op de foto's zie je Han op de brom, het feestje, de boot, 2 vage dolfijntjes en ik op de brom *
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      Stephanie Dogger

      Gaaf zo n verjaardag met al die mensen. Ze zijn wel ontzettend lief voor jullie!!

      6/20/17Reply
      Iris Willekes

      Tof om dolfijnen te zien

      6/21/17Reply
      Samber

      Is wel werken op vakantie he. 😉 Net of je bij de famimlie hoort.

      6/21/17Reply
       

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Republic of Suriname, Suriname, ሱሪናም, Surinam, سورينام, Surinamə, Сурынам, Суринам, Surinami, সুরিনাম, སུ་རི་ནཱམ།, Swrinam, Suriname nutome, Σουρινάμ, Surinamo, سورینام, Surinaam, Suranam, સુરીનામ, סורינם, सूरीनाम, Սուրինամ, Súrínam, スリナム共和国, სურინამი, Surinamu, សូរីណាម, ಸುರಿನಾಮ, 수리남, Surinamia, Surinaamu, Surinamɛ, ຊູລິນາມິ, Surinamas, Surinama, Sorinam, സുറിനാം, सुरिनाम, सुरिनेम, ସୁରିନାମ, Surinäm, Суринами, சூரினாம், సురినామ్, ซูรินาเม, Sulinami, Сурінам, Xu-ri-nam (Suriname), Surinän, סורינאם, Orílẹ́ède Surinami, 苏里南, i-Suriname

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