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Surviving the Jungle

 Four months in, we are back in Georgetown, involved in meetings with partners and committees.One thing we have learned about the local culture, the Guyanese LOVE to talk.They put Jelte in the shade, and that’s saying something!!It’s a great opportunity to connect with tourism interests here in Georgetown as there’s certainly a dearth of them in Lethem.

The past few weeks have been spent visiting a number of communities already identified as needy of training of one sort or another.It’s been a wonderful experience, spending extended lengths of time with the villagers, getting to know the individuals, sharing our skills and learning from them.It’s humbling.One of the attractions of the Rupununi is hard-core survival training.There are only a couple of specialist operators that offer this type of thrill.The logistics attached to these programmes are humungous, as you can imagine.Essentially, individuals are dropped at diverse points in the jungle (all alone - this is a exercise in phy…

Imagine This....

We last posted in early May this year.So, dear friends, we must apologise for this long silence. Our bad!!Here in the tropics – and so near to the equator – it’s tempting to return home after a day’s work, pour a couple of Camparis (available across the border in Bonfim) and languish lazily, suspended in the heavy, humid air.We’re told by Roelof that if not used to the tropics, one needs an extra two hours night-time sleep.Very easily done!We don’t have TV (we’ve decided against it) and so have been catching up on our reading, digital and hard copy (thanks Behi and Eddi for the great supply of books).

Now that the rainy season ishere, the nights are a mixture of heavy, still air and pounding rain, which, in Lethem, always originates from the East, at a 70° angleSo there’s a quick, untidy rush to untangle oneself from the mosquito net to get to the windows in time to avoid a flash flood (only half kidding).The sound of the rain is a lullaby; we sleep so well here, with two floor fans …