New York Times Frugal Traveler Discovers Suriname
Frugal Traveler Seth Kugel takes a “back door route” through Suriname to the the World Cup games in Brazil and finds himself engulfed in an unexpected melange of cultural influences.
The mixture of cultures in Suriname is intoxicating, in part because it’s a different sort of diversity than I’m used to, even in my home borough of Queens, a wildly diverse place. It’s been well over a century since Indians arrived in Suriname as indentured servants, yet at the resort the family spoke a derivation of the Hindustani language. Nelson’s people, living in villages near the resort, still speak Saramakan.
And things only get more dizzying from there: In Suriname, the Indians, as well as the Javanese (as the descendants of Indonesian laborers are known), the Maroons and indigenous groups maintain their own languages. Yet they study in Dutch and communicate with other groups in a common creole officially named Sranan Tongo (or Surinamese tongue) but universally referred to as Taki Taki (from talkie-talkie). I haven’t even gotten into the blacks known as Creoles, the Chinese who seem to own all the supermarkets or the countless Brazilians who have come recently to mine gold, not to mention Dutch who are around for one reason or another, including a guy who sells oliebollen, Dutch doughnuts, for 1.75 Surinamese dollars near the waterfront in Paramaribo.
Read more in the June edition of the New York Times Travel section. And be sure to get in touch with us about our varied offerings across Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana!
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