WHAMMM! Kkrrrrttt krrt ttetterrretetttttt!
and all this 300,000 times. The silence of Overbridge was completely
drowned out by Henk's firecrackers. New Year's Eve we were guests at
Henk's and Toos'.
Henk Lie Kie Sang is
a Chinese fellow and Chinese have a thing with firecrackers. At midnight
he revealed an enormous carton box
which had been sitting in a cupboard for a couple of years (!) and
two men were needed to carry it to the waterfront. The string of
300,000 firecrackers was expertly unreeled and after 15 minutes of
infernal noise all potential evil spirits were chased away and in the
regained silence of the jungle we could finally toast to the new year.
To be absolutely safe
(spirits) Henk also sprayed home and garden with two liters of beer.
It was not until 4AM
that we tumbled into our beds, while we had to be ready at 9.30 the
following morning to paddle into the creek just South of Overbridge!
Henk did not come along, as you can expect lots of evil spirits in a
dark creek like that. Or was he just concocting an excuse after a tough
The creek is only
navigable when the tide is high, as many
fallen trees lie across. It was a wonderful start of the new year,
through the reflecting water
in the sunlight filtered by a
high roof of foliage between ferns, palm trees and giant jungle trees
with their fairy-tale-like roots.
We paddled quite far and until we found the creek was completely blocked. A
good opportunity to step ashore
with the icebox, sit on a self-made bench and have a cold drink.
To get in the mood for
our coming sailing season in the Caribbean, we also visited two former
lightships (just dumped in the Suriname river, that's how things work here)...
It was a marvellous day
on the water and 2013 could not have started better for us.