Saving and Splurging, in Guyana – Seth Kugel – NY Times

Kaieteur Falls = NYT

View of and near Kaieteur Falls in Guyana. (Seth Kugel for The New York Times)




Saving and Splurging, in Guyana

JUNE 17, 2014 – New York Times – Seth Kugel FRUGAL TRAVELER

Where I come from, we don’t put ice in our Guinness. Or Red Bull. But in the gold-mining frontier town of Bartica, Guyana, I became a (temporary) convert.

Ice-cold beer makes sense in the steamy jungle town, and a little extra alertness can’t hurt in an area where it seems as if half the population is armed. 

That revelation was just one of many surprises I found in Guyana, the offbeat first stop on my offbeat route to the World Cup in Brazil. That trip would take me through Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana, en route to Natal, Brazil. It began with the cheapest one-way ticket I could find to South America, a $334 direct flight from New York to Georgetown, the Guyanese capital. Formerly British Guiana, the country of about 725,000 has a complicated colonial legacy and a largely poor population descended from indigenous peoples, African slaves and Indian laborers.  Continue reading the main story

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  • Ron. Persaud  On 06/19/2014 at 11:47 pm

    Entirely my kind of reading. I visited Bartica twice only; but the author’s experience is almost camaraderic.
    Thanks, Mr. Seth Kugel. I’d like to read your article again … in a hammock … between two mango trees … and sipping a tamarind drink!

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