11 Jun Guyana: Off Deh Grid and into Deh Wata
In the meantime Jo rocked Precon in Guyana on her own. This is her story: “In Lethem I Stayed with Navin DeCosta and his lovely wife who hosted me for the night while their tiny and adorable baby girl. from there I caught a ride in with a pickup truck to yupukari where I spent 5 days liming in hammocks with the volunteers, bathing in the pond in the evenings and traveling into Kaicumbay to finalize plans for accommodation and projects for the trip. In Kaicumbay I met with Macintosh a village councilor and Roxanne the headmistress of the School we will be working with. Macintosh generously offered us his home to sleep in for our 3 weeks stay since he recently moved to a ranch a mile or so down the road. He also offered anyone who is willing to walk over horseback riding lessons on the ranch! AMAZING. We have tons of Projects lined up for our stay. The main group project will be organizing the books that have been previously donated into a library and running activities with the staff and the kids to get everyone used to using this new resource. After that I took a 32 hour bus ride that lasted from Wednesday night to Friday morning to get back to Georgetown to check in in with the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and take a spin on the Essequibo River to visit the lovely town of Bartica fishing for catfish and drinking highwine with the local rif raf.”
The next morning the bleary-eyed team woke up at the crack of dawn to catch a mosquito-sized little airplane down south into the interior headlands. After we’d rubbed the sleep out of our eyes we had a breathtaking view of the flooded plains and savannahs and were only slightly disconcerted when the pilot leaned back in his chair, pulled out his Blackberry and started reading the newspaper. Touching down in Karanambu airstrip we took a boat trip through the flooded forest to the otter orphanage, passing giant Amazonian lily blossoms, a LARGE BLACK CAIMAN disapearing into the water and sunbathing river turtles before we were officially welcomed at the landing by the legendary Diane McTurk and Philip the wild giant river otter who was splashing on the lakeshore.