The thing that I love most about Guyana is the simple, unadorned lives that its people lead. I've been seriously considering becoming a permanent resident of the country after I retire from my job at Stony Brook University (still at least 15 years away). For me, in many ways, I see life there being as it should be. For example, Guyanese people eat very healthy foods and put a lot of care and effort into the cooking process. Preparing a meal is a family affair with everyone getting involved. The adults can be found peeling and chopping the vegetables while the kids make bicycle trips to get ingredients. Everyone gathers around the fireside as the pots sizzle and steam. It's a beautiful sight; far and away superior to the fast-food culture that I am used to in the United States. Their markets are the best that I've ever seen. I love walking through aisles and aisles of the freshest fish, meats, and vegetables. Being that I am somewhat of a seafood enthusiast, I really liked trying all of the different kinds of fish that I found down there -- Gilbaca, Curass, Bangamari, Hassa. I also got to try cashew fruit (sorta like an apple with a very mild flavor). Of course, there's nothing quite as refreshing as sipping coconut water out of a husk that has just been hacked open by a vendor with a machete. None of the foods in Guyana are ever processed, refined, or pumped with growth hormones and preservatives for the sake of profit. Chicken in Guyana tastes quite different from chicken in the United States. It's fresher. Better. More natural. In America, these foods would be labelled "organic" and marked up to a ridiculous price. In Guyana, it's simply food. Exactly as it should be.
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin."