I just returned from a short trip to Suriname with my father. We tried squeezing in as much as we possibly could in the five days we were there.
On our first day there we randomly walked around Paramaribo but took it easy for the rest of the day. Day two consisted of a lot more of walking around Paramaribo, along Waterkant and the Independence Square to Fort Zeelandia where we took a tour. The next day we went to the markets, the wooden cathedral, the Palm Garden and afterwards we went to the Paramaribo Zoo. Yet another day we took a taxi to the countryside and walked on the grounds of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam. On the last day we visited the recreational center Cola Creek. We flew back early on Friday.
It was a short but very sweet trip. I will definitely return someday for a longer period of time so I can go the binnenland and to eat tons of bamie and roti or drink buckets full of tamarind juice.
I changed all of my posts to private after what had happened at the local airport this week. And the week grew even more emotionally draining with everything that is happening around the world. I feel so, so deeply for the Dutch, all the other nationalities on the flight and for the Palestinians.
So many human lives are lost but the key persons are still holding on to politics. At these moments it is important that we show that we have (at least some semblance of) a moral compass and that we have respect for human lives. I may be naive and ignorant about everything that is going on but it feels so wrong when I see the news reports of pro-Russian separatists obstructing the way while bodies are decomposing or of Israelis cheering when bombs fall in Gaza. The news conferences given by world leaders placing blame on each other and making use of these incidents to further their own interests irk me the wrong way too. It is just irresponsible and they, more than anyone else, should know better. It doesn’t matter who you support we must all admit that the ways we are dealing with these tragedies are wrong on so many levels. We already know (especially those involved in both conflicts) where this absence of respect for human lives will lead, only to more misery.
This is so sad.