I am so grateful for them coming to visit me and glad they got a taste of my life in Guyana. It was interesting for me to realize how settled I am and how this is my life, as I forgot to explain the currency to mom when we went to the market. And seeing their faces as they were crammed into a minibus surrounded by school kids in uniforms and them not understanding a word being spoken or having no idea where they were headed. But they managed just fine and did great walking around Linden. It was a lot of fun showing them around and introducing them to people.
It was definitely a jammed pack week; we did and saw a lot. We went all around Linden, traveled to Georgetown, took a small plane to Kaieteur, experienced a long bus ride to Iwokrama (note to fellow PCVs do not take a sleeping pill on the bus ride to Iwokrama/Lethem), enjoyed the beauty of the rain forest, cooked and ate a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and valued each other’s company. I loved that they really got a glimpse into the average life in Guyana; this was not just a touristy vacation for them. They met locals, saw the schools and health centers, experienced the crazy transportation, dealt with people harassing them, and of course there was no escaping the heat, although the weather was quite cooler while they were here.
I’m so glad I got to experience Kaieteur and Iwokrama with them. For me, it was great seeing more of Guyana and for them they got to experience the jungle/rain forest and the peace and quiet of being in remote areas.
I’m just so touched that they came to see me and it was so nice being with them. I miss them a lot already but I know we will see each other again soon and we’ll always cherish their trip to Guyana.
Thank you again for every thing mom, Dan & papa—love you!!
Enjoying snack before walking to the fall