The Green Sea

Guyana is a country which is situated in the northern parts of South America but at the same time it is also part of the Caribbean basin due to its history and culture tightly bound to it. The country’s area is two times bigger than this of Bulgaria but its habitants are less than 1 million (around 700 000). And what is the reason for that? When one flies over Guyana they see one sea … but this sea is green, i.e. this s the jungle, in which the number of residents is much lower than the number of animals living there.

Villages in Guyana’s jungle are really very peculiar and for sure, they’re not like the other ordinary ones we all know. When we think about a village, we have in mind a settlement where there are houses located close to one another. But Guyana’s houses in the jungle are spread out and the distance between each dwelling is really big. Or houses are distant while animals are everywhere.

Like in any typical house in the jungle there isn’t electricity. Houses are small and with roofs of palm leaves. All of them are bobbing wooden buildings at whose staircase lizards (much bigger than ordinary ones) sunbathe blissfully. Houses themselves are very interesting. They have windows buut also holes in the walls which play the role of additional windows.

 As for bathrooms, we could describe them as exotic, as usual. If you wanna take a bath, you might be sure that only one wooden board below the level of your breasts will be the only thing that will hide you from passers-by along the nearby road. Apart from this, if you happen to leave your shampoo outside, in this bathroom, be absolutely sure that it will become a very “delicious meal” for the wild animals around.

Of course, every house in the jungle has a toilet but it’s always a small barrack somewhere there. Moreover, it’s not only your toilet but it’s a dwelling for numerous jungle creatures, reptiles, ants, bugs, insects and so on and so forth, which will be your companions at the moments of privacy and physiological relief.

Locals are Indians some being Makushi people. This tribe and the Caribs were rivals in pre-Columbian era. I will open a bracket here. We all know that the name of the Caribbeans and the homonymous sea derives from the name of an indigenous people known as the Kalinago or Caribs that lived there before the discovery of the New World. Unfortunately, “original Caribs” don’t exist anymore in present times but the whole region has kept the original name up to now. Moreover, one of the flagship beers there is called Carib and its ads are really very attractive and entertaining. Bracket closed. So what happened exactly in these so distant times? The Caribs invaded the settlements of the Makushi people and set them on fire. This brutal act on the Caribs’ side was never forgotten and even the locals from one very small village in Guyana called it Surama or the Burnt BBQ. Since then, this memo has still been alive for Makushi people and nowadays they always say: “We are going to kill one Carib” when they go to drink beer.

I mentioned several times that the jungle is full of a great diversity of animals and insects. There are big and fearful jaguars, parrots, rattlesnakes and other poisonous snakes and lizards, long and big caimans (there are not to many crocodiles) butterflies, etc. There is no doubt that parrots Ara are extremely sweet and pooh in its “colourful dresses”. They always fly in two and when there is a baby parrot, they are three of them (i.e. they cannot be seen alone at all; they always prefer a company). By the way, they look very gracious and beautiful with their vividly coloured plumage. Buuuut … they are awful “drivers”. What I mean is that they are not able to “land”, to “alight” at all but they just crash in to the tree.

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