So I have arrived. The flights were long and uneventful, especially the transfer at Amsterdam Schiphol, but I am at least here. It’s a stark contrast to the UK here, with temperatures of 30C all year round (much nicer than the 6C I left behind)! Upon stepping off the plane, I was greeted with a smell I’d only encountered once before, in London. It was the smell of the rainforest (hardly a big surprise given that the airport was in the Amazon!). (In London the same smell may be found inside the Palm House at Kew Gardens in case you’re wondering why there’s a rainforest smell in London).
Paramaribo is a rather quaint capital city. There are no high rise buildings to be seen anywhere, and many of the houses are built in the style of Dutch houses. Palm trees are found everywhere, and there are (what I assume to be) tropical birds singing. Unfortunately, given that I’m working here rather than holidaying, I won’t get to see much of the city, but such is life. Something is better than nothing though of course!
Today is fairly quiet aside from a couple of meetings (in reality this equates a casual chat with various people), but tomorrow the work is likely to ramp up some more.