Suriname & Me (or What I Did this Summer)

Last month I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Suriname. I was honoured to represent Barbados as a writer at CARIFESTA XI.

CARIFESTA is the premier festival of Caribbean arts and culture. Held every two (or so!) years, this festival is a time for artists of all kinds – visual, literary, dance, theatre, culinary – to showcase their talents and to represent the unique (yet so similar!) cultures of the islands and territories of the Caribbean.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to meet and share experiences. I made many wonderful and spirit filled friends from Suriname and all over the Caribbean region during the week-long event.

Following are some of my favourite snapshots (blurred ones and all!) from the trip:

My reason for being in Suriname

My reason for being in Suriname

The Barbados Booth at CARIFESTA XI Book Fair.

The Barbados Booth at CARIFESTA XI Book Fair.

Part of the Barbados contingent to CARIFESTA XI on route to the Opening Ceremony

Part of the Barbados contingent to CARIFESTA XI on route to the Opening Ceremony

Spoke about my experience in publishing, specifically epublishing. Loved it and, judging from response afterwards, so did participants.

Spoke about my experience in publishing, specifically epublishing. Loved it and, judging from response afterwards, so did participants.

One of my new friends.... the engaging Sheila Payne from Curacao.

One of my new friends…. the engaging Sheila Payne from Curacao.

Felt Jah-blessed to encounter Rastafari one night in the beautiful Palm Gardens.

Felt Jah-blessed to encounter Rastafari one night in the beautiful Palm Gardens.

This is a statue of "The Mother and her Five Children". The five children are the five cultures of Suriname: Creole, East Indian, Chinese, Javanese and Native American... The mother, of course, is Suriname. She was "dressed up" especially for CARIFESTA.

This is a statue of “The Mother and her Five Children”. The five children are the five cultures of Suriname: Creole, East Indian, Chinese, Javanese and Native American… The mother, of course, is Suriname. She was “dressed up” especially for CARIFESTA.

This was the view from my room at Eco Resort Inn. That's the Suriname River in the background.

This was the view from my room at Eco Resort Inn. That’s the Suriname River in the background.

That's me doing my best frog impersonation.... lol

That’s me doing my best frog impersonation…. lol

I took this picture at dusk as we returned by bus from the Maroon village of Moengo to Paramaribo. What does it look like to you?

I took this picture at dusk as we returned by bus from the Maroon village of Moengo to Paramaribo. What does it look like to you?

The final Parbo in Parbo!

The final Parbo in Parbo!

Taken at dusk during the Closing Ceremony for CARIFESTA XI. It seemed to bid a dramatic farewell...

Taken at dusk during the Closing Ceremony for CARIFESTA XI. It seemed to bid a dramatic farewell…

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Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, Cruising to Love and the soon-to-be-released Fantasy Fulfilled. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop. Her latest novella is To Protect & Serve.

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Caribbean Passion is the Caribbean's first line of Romance novellas. We specialise in capturing the essence and passion of the Caribbean and our people. This is hot Romance for busy readers who have limited time to escape via a book. Want to learn more? Visit me at http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nailah
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