Being stuck in Seattle for the winter can make one a little depressed. The trip to Suriname was just what the doctor ordered! I don’t particularly enjoy not having conveniences, but the weather alone was marvelous and I forgot about not being able to do what I want when I want. Even to get a KVM working required a fair amount of engineering. The Tech guy comes up with an idea that he can do it with the two laptops, neither of which has a PS2 connection, if he yanks a PS2 component out of a PC and wires it to a 5V phone adapter we can hook it up to a KVM switch and vóila!
The session went well, all the demos worked and there were lots of good questions being asked. Lunch was held in a nice place!
It overlooked the Suriname river and had a nice Caribbean breeze some through. After the sessions were over, it was time to get some work done for the office. I worked the whole night trying to get my test results in. I got a little stressed out and after a few hours, I went to bed. I had to get up the next morning at 4am. I don’t remember if I slept much, as I had a lot on my mind.
I learned to just relax and enjoy, which is hard for me to do. The Bigi Broki Waka helped me as well. I couldn’t run and had to walk; SLOWLY as there were over 6000 people participating.
Actually the 10K run would have been right up my alley, except the doctor has advised me against that for now. I wanted to do the walk distance jogging but the sheer number of people made that impossible. I had all dressed up for the occasion, too:
After the "run", it was time to spend some time relaxing at the pool. I went to the resort’s restaurant and had a coconut, Zurrzak, filet of beef, and some…stuff…don’t know what it was–but it was OK.
In the airport I was looking for my new favorite drink called ZurrZak. It’s white liquid that has a unique taste that I relish. When I got to one of the airport stores, I asked if they had ZurrZak. The said, "Of course!" and handed me this:
ummmmmm…no. I want the drink–I said. They scratched their collective heads and said, "OH…you want ZurrZak!" Ok…maybe my American accent threw them off. "You have to go downstairs to get that." This coming from these guys (Moe, Larry, and Curly-respectively):
All in all, it was a pretty good trip although I caught a lot of flak about it (WAY TOO MUCH)–I’ll live, but it hurt.
At least I can say that I have accomplished one of my goals for 2008 (Visit a country to which I’ve never been). I went to TWO! (Suriname and Trinidad&Tobago).