Well, I’m home, kind of, I won’t be home for about a fortnight, but I’m back in the UK and in reflective mode. I can’t help it! A dozen conflicting thoughts and ideas vie for space in a mind that feels cramped and jet lag numb.
Rather bizarrely, as I perch on the end of my Premier Inn bed, wearing nought but my towel, they shrink more each year too, awaiting the final decision from “she who must be obeyed at all times” as to whether we eat in the pub next door where they have wifi or here where they only say they have wifi. I channel flick, well I don’t have a telly back home, I’m suddenly absorbed and mesmerized by a BBC2 programme covering where we were. I text No 3 son who is elsewhere now to switch the box on.
Rewa, a contributory river to the mighty Rupunini, was our refuge and blight only a week ago. A source of great wonder and learning that we will never forget, and new friendships and maybe the beginning of business relationships, but also the cause of severe diarrhoea and vomiting, the root cause of which remains an issue yet to resolve.
In the program, our intrepid BBC explorers and naturalists were a few hours further up river than we ever got, but it’s still our river none the less and a real reminder of the wonders we enjoyed. Watch it by the way, “land of the lost Jaguar”, or something like that.
We had our own reasons for being in Guyana, but we went to the interior to learn new skills and to explore the place for future business and in the process met some humbling heroes. From the mighty Ian Craddock of bushmasters.com (a fixer, a make it happen guy for Guyana, lover of this wild and wonderful planet, and good egg to boot). To the humble Ken (Cain) our Amerindian guide and story teller and Dennis our boat captain and so many others.
Who knows what will come from our nine weeks and one day in Guyana. I’m in love with it and would go back the week after next, I’ll just have a couple of weeks in the cold wet woods here in Britain.
A week later 10/02/14
I’m in a log cabin in Pickering and enjoying lovely bright weather while the rest of the UK is flooding. Between too much food and drink and much too much time with family and friends I still find moments to reflect on the Guyana jungle and its wonders. I have hours of videos and notes to go through and will be busy all year, it was information overload. The internet is as big a pest here as it was there so there will be a delay in getting stuff on the website but it’s all good stuff.