Guyana

Palm Woof and Arooo!

Having left Kazakhstan, my new home is in tropical Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.Flag of Guyana

garden flora, GeorgetownGuyana’s deepest, darkest rainforest remains almost inaccessible: I’d better not get lost.

Guyana birds: Lineated woodpecker - red crestOriginally colonised by the Netherlands, Guyana was a British colony for over 200 years, gaining independence on 26 May 1966; it remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Coat of arms of Guyana

Guyana is the only South American nation in which English is the official language.

Guyana is the only South American nation in which English is the official language.

 

Guyana palm treesHowever, everybody here knows Guyanese Creole (English-based with Coconut PalmDutch, Arawakan and Caribbean influences).

 

 Next time I have a bath, I hope I won’t be saying ‘dis wata de col col’ (this water is rather chilly).

 

Guyana floraIf I spend too long sniffing in the bushes, I might hear ‘come now now’  (get your little behind here quick) Coconut Palmand, if I eat too much, I’ll have ‘belly wuk’ (an upset tummy). Meanwhile, I’m ‘getting through’.

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Kiskadee

Sited north of the Amazon River and Hibiscuseast of the Orinoco, Guyana is known as the ‘Land of Many Waters’ and is bordered by Suriname, Monkey Brush Brazil, Venezuela and the Atlantic Ocean.

Mangobananas Guyana

Guyana is only a little smaller than the United Kingdom but has less than 800,000 residents: plenty of room for one more. White-chested Emerald Hummingbird

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