It's been a while since I have posted on this site, but now that I am in Guyana, it seems like a good time to restart.
First, where is Guyana? I actually wasn't sure when I got my post, except that I knew my African geography pretty well, and I knew it wasn't there.
Guyana is in northern South America, bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is geographically part of South America, and has some outstanding rainforest (or so I have heard), it is culturally and economically much more closely tied to the Caribbean. In fact, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) is headquartered right here in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.
The weather here is about 75 - 85 degrees all year. There are rainy seasons and dry seasons, but unlike in Ghana where the dry season meant no rain at all for months, the dry season here means it only rains every few days. Georgetown is 6 feet below sea level (we blame the Dutch) so flooding is a problem, but the city is working on improving the infrastructure. Despite the the nice weather, the beaches aren't particularly picturesque, because the ocean water is brown from the silt brought from the rainforests to the coast by the many rivers.
Getting here by plane isn't too bad, but there are few direct flights. Most flights to Georgetown stop over in Trinidad. Sounds to us like a good excuse for all of you to book a vacation combining the Guyanese rainforest and the Caribbean beaches!
I have worked in economic policy and research in Washington, D.C. and Ghana. My husband and I recently moved to Guyana, where I am working for the Ministry of Finance. I like riding motorcycle, outdoor sports, foreign currencies, capybaras, and having opinions.