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Paramaribo- the Dutch Capital of Suriname

The Mosque and Synagogue peacefully side by side

Arriving in Paramaribo, Suriname from Trinidad was just surreal. For those of you who don’t know where Suriname is, it is at the North Coast of South America, somewhere between Brazil and Venezuela, but even though it is in South America it does not feel much like it.

People here speak Dutch in addition to various Creoile languages, and I heard from someone that Surinamese people are some of the most diverse in the World! And there was clearly a wide span of Ethnics, religions and linguistics in this multicultural town of approximately 250 000 people.

I was picked up at the airport by my gay, nudist, couchsurfing host Lloyd who was quite a character but also super friendly to let me have my own room, cook breakfasts for me in the mornings and drive me around to show me the highlights of the town.

What I thought was quite remarkable was the Neveh Shalom Synagogue and the Keizerstraat Modque that was placed right next to each other. Apparently the Synagogue is filled with sand all over the floor to represent the Jews wandering through the desert. I was not allowed in, but have since seen pictures and it looks pretty awesome.

The Palm Garden where lots of events are happening

A lot of the buildings were quite worn down and built in the same Victorian style as the famous “Long Street” in Cape Town. A lot of them had interesting stories, like the slave house, now used as a redtaurant where they still had the slaves used to weigh the slaves. There were also a lot of big, polished rocks as ships from Europe would come empty, so they needed weight to stabilise the ships and left them there before returning full with goods to Europe.

The slave weight scale was used as a table for pastries

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Next up: Visiting all Carribean Countries in one go!

Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!

Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:

Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami

Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November

Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November

St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November

Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November

Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November

St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec

Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December

Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December

Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January

Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd

I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!