Friday, September 10, 2010
City of Brudderly Love?
Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, was a melting pot of European, Indian, African, and Javanese cultures and the billboards and signs were kaledioscopic in their use of the various languages. The sun beat down upon us as we meandered through the streets, past a cathedral that the Surinamese claim is the largest wooden building in the world and, as an homage to Dutch tolerance, the biggest mosque in the Caribbean sat next to an equally impressive synagogue. Arriving at the main city square, we felt transported to colonial Philadelphia and weren't surprised to learn later that an American architect designed much of the area.
To think we found Wendell chilling out in the post office, charging less than our hostel for what was undoubtedly a much more authentic tour, was pretty satisfying.