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As part of my internship I need to do a project that helps the people outside of Suriname get to know this country better. I came up with the idea of doing a video where people outside of Suriname can ask questions (about Suriname) and locals will answer those questions.
I need your help for this video. If you there is anything you’ve always wanted to know about Suriname, the people, the culture,… please send me your question. I would really like it if you would record a video of yourself asking the question but if you’re not up to that you can just send me the question.
Als deel van mijn stage moet ik een draagvlakverbredende opdracht doen. Dit wil zeggen dat ik iets moet doen of maken waardoor de mensen in België (en daarbuiten) meer leren over het land waar ik stage ben gaan doen, Suriname dus. Mijn idee is om een video te maken waarin jullie vragen kunnen stellen aan Surinamers. Als er iets is dat je altijd al hebt willen weten over Suriname is dit je kans. Stuur mij je vraag (liefst in videovorm zodat we jouw prachtige gezicht ook kunnen zien) en ik zal die laten beantwoorden door een Surinamer.
I don’t know what the tradition behind this is, but every year Paramaribo has a 4-day walk (called Vierdaagse) through town. People dress up in colorful costumes and walk (or rather dance) anywhere from 8 to 16km. It was great to see all the different people dressed up in amazing costumes.
See full set on Flickr
The first weekend my parents were in Suriname we headed to Galibi to see the giant sea turtles.
First we drove to Albina, at the Marowijne river and the border with French Guyana. Here we had to take a boat to get to Galibi.
On Galibi we got a tour of the village, including the little zoo where the animals are not locked in cages.
At night we took the boat to another beach to go see the turtles laying eggs. It was really hard to take pictures as we weren’t allowed to use our flashlights.
Turtle eggs dug up by another turtle
We ended up seeing one GIANT sea turtle, 150cm length at least. It was pretty amazing to watch her lay her eggs.
The next day, on our trip back to Albina, we stopped across the river in Saint-Laurent de Maroni. This is French Guyana, officially part of France. The whole feel of this place is very different to Suriname, much more European. Pretty amazing to have this just across the river.
All in all it was a short trip, but it was great to get out of the big city and see the beautiful nature Suriname has to offer.
See full set of photos on Flickr