With 96.4% forest Suriname, my home country, the greenest country on the planet. It's the land of my parents, where I grew up and went to school. The country I left to pursue an education.
My dad's passing brought me back in the midst of a pandemic. Deeply saddened and afraid to be uprooted, my time here turns out to be more of a rediscovering journey of my roots, the country and its people.
Here is a bit of an impression.
Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname is an historic sight. With wooden buildings from the Presidential Palace to churches and even a synagogue that all date back to colonial times.
Pampelmuse - A smoothie from Acai and pampelmuse
Suriname is the land of the fruit. If I don't start with a smoothie or coconut water in the morning I have some type of fruit. A colorful delicious way to start the day.
I am trying to walk at least 10 km a day to stay fit but also just to enjoy the surroundings and this is some of what I see.
Besides noni, coconut and palm trees you will also see things like sopropo (bitter lemon) growing like weed on the street side.
The arts and crafts are one of a kind. All handmade, no two items are the same. This is a stand from indigenous people at Waka Pasi in the center of Paramaribo. From handmade baskets and traditional flutes to jewelry made from seeds and wood.
Bryan is one of the few indigenous people from his village who still makes the baskets and other stuff. He is lives in a village named Columbia about a two hour drive from the city together with other Caraiben families.
The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul located in the center of Paramaribo is the second biggest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere.
You will also see Mosques and Temples in the city. A large part of the population is Hindu but also Muslim.
Domburg a former sugar plantation lies along side the Suriname river. Beautiful houses and establishments offer a great wide view.
From gluten free yucca bread to fresh fish, you don't have to get bored with food when you are in Suriname.