A Guided Tour of Suriname’s St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo

Leadlights of the St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo, Suriname (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

I stood in front of the largest wooden structure in the Caribbean, Latin America, the Western Hemisphere or the world, depending on whom I talked to. Verifiable facts are that the St Peter and Paul cathedral is 161 feet long, 54 feet wide, 48 feet … [Read more...]

A Bird-Watching Boat Trip to Suriname’s Bigi Pan Natural Reserve

Bird watching in Suriname's largest lagoon: Bigi Pan (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

Herons skim the water, their white bodies reflecting in the inky-black water smooth as glass. Green kingfishers nosedive from branches and resurface with a thrashing fish, roseate spoonbills scratch around in shallow waters, and jacanas do what Jesus … [Read more...]

A Boat Trip through Suriname’s History with Author Cynthia McLeod

Boat trip on the Sweet Merodia in Suriname (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

A teenager holds a baby caiman in her hands, a young boy feels its rough skin. There is nothing to fear as the reptile's jaws have been tied for the occasion. We admire sweet water turtles, decipher dilapidated gravestones and buy dried shrimp. I … [Read more...]