August 15, 2017
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My trip to Guyana

Oh Guyana, What an adventure.

As I already said in this post, I was a little skeptical about visiting Guyana. It was never on my list of places to go and having heard some not so pleasant things from people who visited over the years, I just didn't feel it. In fact, had it not been for Danny being there for work, I probably would never have seen it. But I'm so so glad that I went, and would even recommend that people visit, if they have an open mind about the world around them, and know that no two lands are the same.

A little backstory about Guyana. It's the only English speaking country in South America but is also a part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). So technically its considered to be both in South America and the Caribbean. While its a large country (by Caribbean standards), only a small portion of it is developed and inhabited i.e lots of forestry to go around. Still, its a country rich in resources (gold and oil mainly) even though a large portion of its population live below the poverty line.


I only spent five days in Guyana and much of that was spent exploring. Its not a 'tourist' country, but I didn't mind, I like to explore as a non-tourist anyway. That's the way you really see the country for what it is. And Guyana, well, you can say the country is a work in progress. And to me, thats quite fine. I generally don't like the term third world and rarely use it. There's one world and we all live in it. If we really think about it, all countries were once a work in progress...

It's the progress part that's important, and that's certainly present here. That said, its hard not to imagine the beauty that Guyana could be if its resources were used to develop the nation just a bit more.


Even though I live in the Caribbean, at times, it felt like I took a step back to a time that was simpler, yet harder all at once. It wasn't uncommon to see policemen on motor cycles, horses and donkeys grazing at the side of the road and children walking the streets less than dressed.

That isn't to say that there weren't upscale areas as well as absolutely stunning buildings and architecture. There were. Especially religious buildings. Guys, there were so many old churches, temples, and mosques, I couldn't keep up.


And everywhere you went there was so much history that I wish I knew more about, that I want to know more about and that the researcher in me will take time to find out.


I'll say this, at this point I've been to countries with many different cultures around the world ~ India, Australia, Europe etc. As I travel, more and more, I'm learning to appreciate each country for what it is and the people who live in each country for who they are. There is beauty and chaos in each place I've been to and Guyana was no different.


I haven't seen all that I want to of this country, and as Danny will have to go back soon, I'm sure to visit again soon also. I can't wait.

In another post at some point Ill share some of the more notable sites to see in Guyana and I'm dedicating an entire post to this winery in the forest that I went to. It was an adventure to say the least. Stay tuned.

Have a great Tuesday guys!!

26 comments:

  1. I had no desire to visit desire before this but your description and pictures are so beautiful! Reminds me of a simper time in south trinidad

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  3. I really hope you do go back! Guyana has never been at the top of my list, & is really only on my list because ALL of the countries are on my list ha. Those pictures are amazing though & experiencing something non-typical is definitely my thing. Fun little history fact: even though third world is used as a term for developing countries, it started out because "third world" meant they hadn't allied with the US or the Soviets so they were in a third category or a third world.

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  4. looks gorgeous! Jamaica is like that - many live below the poverty line but they make do. Guyana looks beautiful.

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    1. Hey Kathy, are you Jamaican? I am. I'd love to connect.

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  5. I don't really know anything at all about this country, but I really enjoyed getting to see it for the first time through your eyes. Your pictures really are gorgeous, and I could totally see the potential if they invested a little! Churches are always my favorite buildings to see in new cities, they are always the most interesting architecturally.

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  6. Absolutely amazing! So glad you got to experience this beautiful country, and how fun that it's a part of both the Caribbean and South America <3
    Green Fashionista

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  7. What a great experience especially learning all the history! Looking forward to hearing about your winery experience...who would have thought there was a winery in Guyana!!! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  8. Quite interesting and good photos too - thanks for sharing as most of us have little knowledge of this country.

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    1. Hi Debra! You're welcome. Love that I could share the knowledge so many countries out there that are not explored. I hope to at least shed light on some of them :)

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  9. "As I travel, more and more, I'm learning to appreciate each country for what it is and the people who live in each country for who they are. There is beauty and chaos in each place I've been to and Guyana was no different." How beautifully said! I totally agree. I recently tweeted this quote: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” That's also something I strongly agree with. I think people are so quick to jump to conclusions about a certain place because they saw it in a movie or on tv. But you don't actually understand a place or its people until you've experienced it for yourself. That's why travel is sooo important! <3 Guyana looks like a magical place full of bright pops of color. I was a Linguistics major in college, so that little fact about Guyana being the only English speaking country in South America was interesting! Thanks for that! :)

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  10. I know absolutely nothing about Guyana but I'm eager to learn more. It looks so varied, with some areas built up and others looking rather derelict, but that's anywhere you go isn't it? I'm going to read up on more of the history.

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  11. The rich history of the people and country is so interesting! Glad you'll be able to visit again! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

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  12. I would love to visit Guyana. I hear you about countries putting more effort into their country's infrastructure could make such a big difference. There have been times when I visited a few developing countries and felt the same " like I took a step back to a time that was simpler, yet harder all at once."

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  13. Beautiful pictures, Kay and this post makes me nostalgic because I grew up seeing that duality in Jamaica where wealth and poverty coexist. I look forward to the rest of your posts and learning more about this country.

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    1. Thanks friend and Yes it does feel like an older time in my country as well.

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  15. I love how you phrased that - definitely a country that is a work in progress - and a quite pretty one at that!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  16. There absolutely is beauty and chaos everywhere.

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  17. What an amazing trip to be able to take- it is always so humbling for me to travel to foreign countries and see how unique each one is. Love that you are able to experience it and have so much respect for each culture. Have a great day Kay!

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  18. I loved looking at your photos and learning more about Guyana. I don't think I've ever read a travel post about it, so this was all new and interesting. Had no idea that it was considered a part of the Caribbean, too.

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