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    • 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

    • Turtle mania

      June 2, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ ☁️ 27 °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

    • Oh my heart!

      June 3, 2022 in Suriname ⋅ ☁️ 29 °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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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    • 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

    • Day 8

      Traditie in Santigron

      February 20 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

      Mijn lieve oom Ottie had een speciale thee met blessing voor ons op het programma staan. Dit bleek ineens vandaag te zijn 😅

      Aangekomen in Santigron bleek mijn oom Im bij de polikliniek te zijn. Hij had een slangenbeet opgelopen en de cardioloog moest controleren of het gif niet naar zijn hart was verspreid. Gelukkig was dit niet het geval. Eind goed al goed!

      Meanwhile lopen wij door het dorp, naar de rivier en ontmoeten mijn nicht Wendy weer. We zitten bij de oudste van de clan Oom Michel en Oom Jacco in de schaduw met een koel briesje.

      Er wordt verse suikerriet gekapt en Tijmen lust het wel. Alles met je tanden doen is wel even wennen.

      Na zo'n 3 a 4 uurtjes wachten begint oom Im met de bereiding, maakt een pleng offer en geeft zijn blessing. Ottie wordt meteen beëdigd zodat hij het ook voor ons mag bereiden.

      De instructies komen heel nauw maar rond 1800uur rijden we dan eindelijk terug naar Paramaribo. Korte stop voor wat boodschappen en vanavond eten we gewoon noodles met ei (omgerekend €3).

      En om 2100uur is het welletjes en ploffen we op bed.

      Credits voor de laatste 5 foto's gaan uiteraard naar Tijmen de fotograaf 🥰
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    • Day 8

      Koersontwikkeling

      February 20 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      De koersontwikkeling is bizar...

      Zaterdagochtend 17 feb kregen we voor €50 uit de pinautomaat SRD$2000
      Die middag maar SRD$1800
      En vandaag nog maar SRD$1650...

      Pffff 😐

      Maar dat laat de pret niet drukken en voor ontbijt halen we heerlijke broodjes bij Anthony's Corner🥖Read more

    • Day 7

      Het eerste appartement: Paramaribo city

      February 19 in Suriname ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Zo laat de vakantie maar beginnen!

      Redelijk voor de files uit gereden en goed aankomen op het eerste adres. Super praktische en knusse studio met een prachtige tuin🌴
      De tuin blijkt heel zeldzaam te zijn, al helemaal in het centrum, wat erg zonde is natuurlijk.

      We gaan op aanraden (en loopafstand) naar Soep Oso. Leuk restaurantje met, naast heerlijke soepen, een diverse kleine maart met voor ieder wat wils. We smikkelen er op los.

      Eenmaal thuis os het meteen weer naar bed, de buikjes zijn vol en oogjes zwaar.

      Scribi switi
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

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