|The crowds and the stage in the National Park|
Today is Emancipation Day (celebrating the abolition of slavery fully passed on the 1st August 1836) and we have been celebrating in true Guyanese style! We went to Berle’s office at a prompt 2pm expecting to meet Schemel and Oshelle, two people we know from Guides, and of course left about 3pm! We were joined by Barry and Claire, a couple working for the church in Guyana, from New Zealand. When we arrived at the National Park it was busy and boiling hot! We had a wander along the rows of stalls selling food, jewellery, toys and some with information about the original Guyanese villages and African culture. (Before you say, I know we are in South America but due to the slave trade – our bad – there is lots of African culture here and that is what they were celebrating!) There was also some African material and clothes to buy and lots of amazing creations on display! Quite a lot of people watching ensued as we finished purchasing and headed to the stands to watch dancing, martial arts and singing displayed on a stage. We tried lots of Guyanese food – cassava pone wrapped in a leaf, a pink and white cake type thing with coconut involved, sweet and salty plantain chips (amazing) and candyfloss! (Not sure if that’s traditional, but we ate it anyway!)
|Some of our favourite outfits|
As we baked under the equatorial sun even the Guyanese were feeling the heat and we copied their brilliant idea of hiding under an umbrella from the sun. The displays on the stage were great and really entertaining but we sadly had to leave as it would be soon time for sun setting and it’s better to be safe at home before that happens. We have been busy since then planning and taking in washing and making dinner! Tomorrow we are back to training and hopefully the girls will learn some first aid skills… watch this space!
Lots of GOLD love
A very warm Team Guyana 2012
|The team feeling hot but happy!|
P.S. Hope all the other teams are having as great a time as us on project – can’t wait to hear all the adventures and we’re enjoying reading the blogs!