A June 2004 trip
to Paramaribo by Wyetookay
Quote: A group of us went to work with a church in the capital city of Suriname. We made many friends and got a good feel for the culture.
It changed owners at the end of December 2003, and the new owner has put a lot of money into renovations. The rooms are clean and air-conditioned and have simple furnishings. Good, reliable air-conditioning! Each room has a private toilet, sink, and shower (cold only), as well as a sitting area and TV. No view at all from the rooms. Good security. Laundry service (small fee). Breakfast (with a local flavour) is provided. Other meals are at additonal cost. Apparently he will be hiring a five-star chef in the near future.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2004
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 14, 2004
This is the place for all your "one-stop" tourist shopping needs, especially if you are in a hurry, and don't have time to wander around the center-city shops.
We found out in Miami that our next leg was overbooked and 3 of us (6 in our group) had no seats! Somehow they then got put into first class. That was a miracle!
More delays in Curacao, then finally, our last leg to Parimaribo. We landed at 1:00 AM and guess what?!? Some of our luggage was missing! We had to stand in a line with a third of the people from the plane to register it missing.
Then all 6 of us, our luggage, and 2 locals squeeze into our friends van. An hour and a half later we arrived at our hotel. A shower, Air Co., and a bed, at last!
Once found, they gave us $25.00 US per missing bag and said that they would probably arrive the next day.
We toured around a bit more and grabbed some lunch at KFC. I was really starting to flag in the afternoon due to the heat and humidity as well as lack of sleep from the day before.
Some interesting observations: Hindu families had flags in their yards. The grocery stores had Chineese names. The roads are all in amazingly bad shape.