2011: The Year in Pictures (so far)

28 01 2011

Happy belated New Year!

So far 2011 has been pretty spectacular. On New Years Day my Dad and Bro came for a visit. We spent a day at Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls, an amazing and fantastic experience. Kaieteur is the largest single drop waterfall in the world at 741 ft (this is not to be confused with highest single drop waterfall in the world, the term largest refers to the combination of height and water volume)! The best thing about the falls is that it hasn’t turned into a ridiculous tourist attraction. Since it is so hard to get to the only people there are the ones on the tour with you, so we were able to enjoy the majestic beauty of the falls without dealing with massive crowds. Orinduik Falls is located on the Ireng river that is the border between Guyana and Brazil. It is a much smaller falls, which means that we actually had a chance to go swimming. Our guides showed us how we could receive “massages” from the falls, the water was amazing, but the rocks were incredibly slippery so we had to be careful not to fall on our bumsies as we moved around in the water.

The second week in January was our Close of Service Conference. It was the last official time our group was brought together before our departure in April. It was a combination of overwhelming amounts of information pertaining to ALL the things we must take care of before we are cleared to leave the country, as well as advice about how to network, compile our resume, and appropriate interviewing behavior. The last day of the conference we spent at Baganara Island Resort in the Essequibo River. It was a nice, relaxing way to celebrate all that we have accomplished  with each other, and in true GUY 21 style it was neither mild nor boring.

Even though I only have 3 months left in Guyana, that doesn’t mean that my work is slowing down. As soon as I stepped off the bus in town from our COS Conference I headed to a meeting at the Peace Corps Office in regards to Pre-Sercice Training Planning. I spent the rest of the week working on various aspects of PST Planning, then headed back to site to work on preparing for workshops, meetings with teachers, a possible meeting with the Minister of Education, and handing off my duties to the new incoming VSO arriving in February. The next three months will be extremely busy and I can honestly say that I’m not ready to leave Guyana yet, so I will enjoy every minute I can while I’m still here, and remind myself that there will be cable TV, movie theaters, take-out restaurants, and mosquito free houses waiting for me in the US.

Enjoy the pictures!

View of Kaieteur from the plane.


















Me and de bro at Kaieteur









No rails. Me pointing to the drop.










Orinduik Falls. (foreground: Guyana, background: Brazil)











Zach gets a waterfall massage.










Bedsheet dinner at Baganara. Katie and I shared the honeymoon suite, she wore the sheet, I wore the bedspread.











Peace Corps Guyana 21




























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