I recently came back from my 2 week trip to my home country, Guyana. Although I ‘ve lived there for 10 years as child I feel like it wasn’t until recently that I am truly seeing the country. While in Guyana I’ve explored town, and other places of the city but it was my journey to Parika that left an impression on me. I’ve been living in New York city for 10 years now so seeing the quaint area of Parika gave me a indescribable peace and serenity within myself. I recorded and took pictures of my visit for you guys to see. I hope you like it.
To get to Parika is quite the journey. You must cross the Demerara river which leads into an hour drive. At the Parika market, there is a dock where you have access to the Atlantic Ocean and can travel to many surrounding islands. Although the area leading toward Parika isn’t very populated, the market seems to be the social hotspot. There you can find east Indian, black and Asian people. As you continue to travel through the area you will happen upon a hidden beach that only local Guyanese know of. Although to many seeing brown water may be weird, to me it meant I was home.
Although I believe the Christmas spirit is the same world wide, Christmas In Guyana has so many differences compared to my experience in New York.
Say goodbye to the winter wonderland. In Guyana it is always hot, so there’s no snowmen and no hopping out your bed in a Christmas themed onesie. The hot chocolate and cookies on Christmas morning seems pointless.Yet all these points seem minuscule when you realize that due to the weather fireplaces are obsolete, therefore, there’s no chimney for Santa. Way to ruin a child’s fantasy. Also due to the weather it’s impossible to even have an authentic tree for Christmas, since they don’t grow in Guyana’s tropical climate.
The food is a huge culture shock. Pepper pot, garlic pork and black cake are traditional Christmas food’s in Guyana. There are also pickled onions which most people are disgusted by, but I savor the thought. That’s a long way from gingerbread houses,cookies, cupcakes and hot chocolate. Although I do miss the sweet taste of candy canes hanging from the Christmas tree, I appreciate the opportunity to eat the food I grew up eating for Christmas as kid in Guyana.
This has to be the most mind boggling of all culture shocks. It isn’t necessarily a Christmas, but a New Years tradition. In New York there’s the famous new year’s countdown in times square, where celebrities preform and everyone, including tourists and locals gather to take part. Those who can’t attend can watch on T.V. However in Guyana things are a little different. In Guyana there are many religions but Christianity and Islam are dominant. Therefore, many people attend church to welcome New Years. GASP! yes I said Church. Usually my mom attends when we visit, however I prefer to start the new years with a drink in hand and family around. One can even say that this New York tradition is here to stay!
I’ll be leaving for Guyana on Saturday the 19th, so my last post will be Carry on essentials. I will try my best to get pictures of my trip for everyone to see where I learned the ways of the world .
|Guyana(Gay.anna)| Hidden away in the right pocket of South America, is my home country Guyana. It is undeveloped compared to America, but the undiscovered wonders of the country is what makes it mysterious, exotic and cultural. Much like many other Caribbean countries the mantra of this country is not to worry and be happy. The country has a chill vibe, great food and the people are lively. It’s almost that time of year where my family and I escape to Guyana for Christmas. Here are a few tips to help plan what cosmetics to take when traveling:
Plane regulations :The TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry on states that liquid cosmetics must be in a 3.4oz or less resealable bottle. My necessities for my trip this year are: a Ziploc bag to place all my liquids in, Powder foundation, Mascara, Simple Makeup remover wipes(travel size),face Moisturizer and a face wash (sample size). There are rarely any restrictions concerning non-liquids. The rest of my makeup is placed in my Sonia Kashuk cosmetic bag and left in my suitcase. There are some airlines that maybe more lenient depending on your destination. However, I personally had a few of my things thrown out so I suggest not taking the chance.
Guyana lies on the equator, so it’s always humid and the only season you have to worry about is the rainy season.If you are planning to travel to any Caribbean or West Indian country prepare yourself. I suggest either a powder, a bb cream or waterproof foundation. You can use wax based products for your brows, waterproof eyeliner and mascara so you have a better chance against the heat. Also be aware that since the weather is different your skin may react or feel different compared to how it normally is in a country like America. P.S~Don’t forget the sunscreen.
There are countless societies that inhabit this world and every society will have their societal norms. Due to the hot weather and Guyana’s old time society most a lot of people don’t embrace a full face of makeup and lean towards a more natural look or a simple powdered face with thin eyebrows.I’m not saying let society choose what you wear on your face but educate yourself on what kind of environment you maybe entering. In Guyana, there may be people who constantly ask you what is on your face and you may even be harassed by ignorant old people. On the bright side this kind of society gives you confidence in your bare face, flaws and all.