Touchdown in Paramaribo

Touchdown in Paramaribo
Paramaribo, Suriname

Paramaribo, Suriname

I had to leave Georgetown on Saturday because Trans Guyana Airlines does not fly on Sunday. The flight was full, 14 people including the pilot.

It was mostly cloudy the entire trip, so the views were not all that spectacular. As we descended through the clouds to land, it did get a little bumpy.

Upon arrival a driver met me. He took me directly to the Marriott Courtyard, my usual abode here.

Shortly after checking in I made arrangements for a walking tour the following day. At about $175 SRD ($55) I was a little nervous, wondering if the tour would really be worth that much money.

Normally when I am here I stay in the hotel for dinner. This time I decided to live on the edge and go into town.

I had the front desk hail a taxi. The car was at the hotel within a minute or two. A few minutes and $20 SRD later I was deposited at De Waag Italian Restaurant. It is downtown very near the Suriname River wall, on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The building was originally used to weigh cargo coming and going at the Paramaribo docks; thus the name, De Waag. At 18:05 I found I was the only customer.

The ambiance was nice. This is a 19th Century building of two stories. It is wood construction covered by white plaster. Breaking the roof-line on the riverside were three dormers; each no doubt providing a commanding view of the river.

I found it interesting that the music being played over their sound system was quite heavy with Rock and Roll selections from the 1950s; enjoyable, but somewhat out of place.

I opted for the shrimp in Creole sauce. The server brought it quickly. The vegetable served with it were thin, long slices of carrot and some very thin green beans. The Creole sauce bathed the vegetables and the shrimp. It had a wonderful, spicy taste, but it was not spicy hot. They served french fries on the side. That was when I was reminded this was a former Dutch colony. The fries were served with mayonnaise. I had certainly heard of that before, but I had never tried it. I was shocked at how good that tasted.

The entire meal came to $35. That included two glasses of Merlot and an espresso. I thought it was very reasonably priced.

After dinner I called for the same driver to come back to the restaurant. Once again he was there within a few minutes.

When I returned to the hotel I stopped at the bar for a nightcap. Since my tour of the rum distillery in Georgetown (see entry number 90, El Dorado Rum, in this blog), I have been drinking the 21 year old El Dorado rum. So that night I decided to try a Surinamese rum. The oldest available was 15 year old Borgoe rum. It was good, but I do not think it compared to the 21 year old El Dorado. It was smooth, but there was a real distinct taste of oak. That seemed to me to verge on bitter. The 21 year is smoother and a little hint of sweetness.

After that it was time for bed. I had to be rested for my hike the next day.

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