BC: DEPARTED | GUYANA | 25 MAR 2014
FC: GUYANA | ARRIVED 04 MAR 2014 | GUYANA | Bartica & Georgetown and the places in between Venturing into the interior of the county to see the amazing waterfalls of Kaieteur National Park
1: This book was put together with a twofold purpose. First, to share it with my family and friends, so they could see where I had been and what I had done. Second, so that as time moves forward I can look back and remember where I was and what I did. This trip was mostly about getting away from the day to day that was my life and have an adventure that would hopefully be a part of a long list of adventures that I will continue to have. To sum the trip up: it was hot, I was dirty most of the time, everything was harder there than at home and I loved every second of it, even when it was hard and I felt not a little miserable. Thanks to Jeanne, Roman and Sarah for all that you did for me. You are what made this trip worth the effort. And a special thanks to the Bartica Congregation for welcoming me so warmly and making me appreciate even more the world wide brotherhood that Jehovah God has established for all to enjoy.
2: Traveling to Bartica So you've arrived in Georgetown and you are making your way to Bartica. You're told it's just a quick bus or taxi ride to Parika and then you hop a boat to Bartica and then the next thing you know you're lounging on your BFF's veranda. As I traveled via both taxi and bus between Georgetown and Parika I can speak to both experiences. The taxi is the more costly way to travel but it is an enjoyable experience, assuming the taxi driver isn't playing music your ears find distasteful (he was willing to change at my request). The drivers are more than happy to converse and are generous in sharing their opinions of Guyana, its residents and its government. Your first leg of the journey will take you on the East Bank of the Demerara River. You will then cross the Demerara Harbour Bridge. The DHB is a floating bridge that crosses the Demerara River; its length is 1.15 miles across. Parika is located 30 miles from Georgetown and it will take you approximately 1 hour to get there. Should you opt to take the bus to Parika your route will be the same but the time will be longer and the comfort will be less, however the cost will significantly less. Now that you've arrived in Parika you are well on your way to Bartica which is just a distance of 35 miles down the river. You will arrive at the stelling (dock) in Bartica in just about an hour. Outside the boat there is much beauty to see. The tall green trees and the occasional house that dot the river bank are an enjoyable sight to see as the boat whips down the river. Inside the boat it’s another story... If you are in the back of the boat, which are the prime seats, your ride is comfortable and smooth, though you have the two massive engines roaring in your ears. If you are in the front of the boat you have a quieter ride but if the water is choppy your back will feel broken by the end of your journey. You have options when you travel from Georgetown to Bartica and at the end of the day whatever route you take you are happy to be there.
4: Bartica The name comes from an Amerindian word meaning 'red earth' which can be seen all over the town. Bartica is a small town on the east bank of the Essequibo River, at the confluence of the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers with the Essequibo River in Guyana. It is considered the "Gateway to the Interior", meaning that it is a launching point for people who work in the bush (jungle) mining gold and diamonds. Bartica has about 20,000 residences and it has a small town feel. As you walk the streets people get to know you quickly. This is perpetuated by the cultural requirement to greet everyone as you walk down the street. "Good morning." "Good afternoon." "Good night." (Good night is a salutation as well as a farewell) The people are friendly and warm and are quick to ask what you think of their town and of Guyana.
6: ESSEQUIBO RIVER | ESSEQUIBO RIVER | MAZARUNI RIVER | ESSEQUIBO RIVER | MAZARUNI RIVER | GUYANA "LAND OF WATERS" 2005 YEARBOOK PAGES 134-201
7: DEMERARA RIVER | MAZARUNI RIVER | ATLANTIC OCEAN | ATLANTIC OCEAN | DEMERARA RIVER | ATLANTIC OCEAN | DEMERARA RIVER | BARTICA | GEORGETOWN
8: Bartica Congregation as of March 2014 Publishers: 38 (11 unbaptized) Average attendance for the Sunday meeting: 70 Average studies per month: 50 Pioneers: 5 Servants: 1 Elders: 3 | Guyana according to the 2013 Yearbook Population: 739,903 Average Publishers: 2,758 Memorial Attendance: 11,008
11: Field Service When I first heard about the need for Kingdom Preachers in Guyana back in 2008 I couldn't have imagined the extent to what the need was. Now having seen it for myself, I understand. The thirst for Bible knowledge is overwhelming. In Bartica (as in other towns around Guyana) the Bible is generally accepted as a book to follow and those who implement its teachings in their life are bright shining lights in the community. Most of the neighbors enjoy discussing the Bible's hope for the future and it is not uncommon for them to request Bible literature or even a Bible study. My last day in field service we were distributing invitations for the Memorial. When I pointed to the location of the newly built Kingdom Hall on the invitation all that I spoke to knew where it was located without being told. Sitting in on Sarah's Bible studies was the best part of all. Many of these students are progressing quickly and are joining us at the Kingdom Hall. For Sarah and Roman it is normal to have several students at the meeting with them. These students come ready to learn. They want their own copy of the Watchtower magazine for the study on Sunday and some will even comment. It was exhilarating to see these people flocking to Jehovah's house and loving the education program.
12: Jeanne volunteered at the Bartica Nursery School on 7th Avenue as part of her South American Adventure. By the end of week you could see that the children were taken in by her giving spirit. They would sing songs together, color and draw. It was inspiring to see Jeanne put all her energy into engaging the children and they really responded to her enthusiasm.
16: the markets
18: There is no better place to stay when you are away from home then to stay with people you love. Roman and Sarah's home became my home away from home while in Bartica. It's a cozy three bedroom house that provides all one could need. Most days were started and finished on the veranda, talking and listening to the sounds of the neighborhood. Sipping something delicious while watching the sun set after a day of walking in the heat was the best way to end the day.
19: the veranda
20: Everyday there was work to be done. This is life for everyone around the world. In Guyana though, life is hard and the people work very hard. Dry beans need to be cooked, produce needs to washed in bleach solution, laundry is washed by hand and hung out to dry on the line. Then add the compounding issue of having running water come through the pipes only every other day. So, water needs to be stored. The simple task of cleaning the kitchen becomes a little more complicated when there is no running water. One afternoon, on a day when there was no running water the rain come down with tremendous force. Roman had attached a hose to the gutter and after it had been raining a few moments we brought the hose into the kitchen and washed the dishes with pure rain water. It was crystal clear and smelled pure and fresh.
22: The Promenade Gardens Georgetown, Guyana
23: The Sea Wall Atlantic Ocean Georgetown, Guyana | The Sea Wall Atlantic Ocean Georgetown, Guyana | The Sea Wall is a 280 mile seawall that runs along much of Guyana’s coastline, including the entire coastline of the capital city, Georgetown. It protects the coast which is below sea level at high tide. Construction of the Sea Wall began in 1855 after a flood in February of that year inundated the Kingston ward of Georgetown.
24: The Art of Wrapping the Sari 1. Starting at your right, tuck the sari in the waistline of the half-slip and work across the front and back all around the waist. Be sure the material hangs straight and the hemline is even. 2. Take the free end of the sari loosely around you and bring the extra material to the front. 3. Using the end portion of the sari, make a number of even folds lengthwise to form the pallav. 4. Drape the pallav over your left shoulder, down to the calf or lower. Secure the pallav to your choli with a safety pin. 5. Pull the sari around you until it fits snugly in the back and the remaining material is in front. 6. Working from right to left, form even pleats until all the material is used up. Make sure the pleats hang evenly. 7. Fold the entire section of pleats to the left. Tuck the pleats in at the waist, slightly off center to the left. Fasten the pleats to the half- slip with a safety pin. (Awake! 1988) Or just get it tailored like we did...
26: Mora Camp on the Mazaruni River It was about a two mile walk to get to the entrance of the jungle path. Once we got there we hiked for at least another mile until we reached the clearing. We arrived on the Mazaruni River at dusk and were able to watch the sun go down for a few vibrant moments. The gold tones that came from the falling sun and splashed across our faces was captivating and soothing to the mind and soul.
30: nature photo shoot
31: After a bumpy and jarring bus ride out to a part of Bartica that is called Four Mile (it’s called Four Mile because its four miles outside of the main part of town) we arrived to this remote area to be rejuvenated by the red sandy earth beneath our feet, the bright and wide blue sky above our heads and the lush green jungle around us. We were on a hunt to shoot anything that was beautiful. With the howling of baboons in the distance we found birds, butterflies, and bugs that caught our fancy and delighted our cameras.
34: Night Light Whether we were spending the evening at home playing bananagrams and sipping on fresh squeezed juice called swank, having dinner at a Brazilian BBQ, dessert at a new spot in Bartica (Night Cap), in Georgetown at the newest restaurant (Gravity) or stopping at a fantastic Indian restaurant (Maharajah Palace) it was just about being together.
37: The Princess hotel
38: We left from Ogle Airport leaving the big city behind and headed for the interior of the country at 1300 hours. Anticipation was high and excitement was in the air. We boarded our small 12 seat plane that was to take us on the journey. As we looked out the windows and saw Georgetown fading away we sat with bated breath as we flew past dense green jungle. We knew we were getting close to Kaieteur National Park when we saw smaller streams turning into larger ones and even a few teaser falls to “wet” our appetite for what was about to come. | Kaieteur National Park
51: My visit to the Kaieteur National Park is a memory that will always bring a smile to my face. It was wonderful to Be there with Roman and Sarah, my two oldest friends. The feeling of being so far from civilization and truly being far from it is a unique experience. I have found that I enjoy traveling to places that highlight nature rather than the accomplishments of man. Nothing can compare to the natural beauty of what comes up from the soil and in this case what falls from a cliff. Kaieteur is a waterfall on the Potaro River. It is 741 feet high when measured from its plunge over a sandstone and conglomerate cliff to the first break. It then flows over a series of steep cascades that, when included in the measurements, bring the total height to 822 feet. While many falls have greater height, few have the combination of height and water volume, and the falls are among the most powerful waterfalls in the world with an average flow rate of 23,400 cubic feet per second.
53: On any normal day when Sarah and Amber are together they can be found sipping coffee and chatting. In Guyana though, the Coca-Cola is so delicious that it can't be resisted. Is it the pure sugar it's made with? Is it the heat? Is it being in South America? No one can say for sure, but this we know...we can't get enough of that brown, sugary, goodness.