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Paramaribo-Suriname

Posted by Irwinsyah pada Maret 9, 2011

Paramaribo, the 17th-century capital of Suriname, is graced with attractive Dutch, French, Spanish and British colonial architecture. Imposing brick buildings overlook grassy squares and wooden houses crowd narrow streets. Towering palms shade some areas and mangroves still hug the riverside. Mosques and synagogues sit side by side, while Javanese vendors peddle satay and Dutch-speaking Creoles guzzle beer at sidewalk cafes. Central Paramaribo’s focus is the Onafhankelijksplein (Unity Square), fronting the Presidential Palace. Immediately behind the palace is the Palmentuin, an attractive park with tall palms inhabited by tropical birds. To the east is Fort Zeelandia, a 17-century riverside fortification used for the detention and torture of political prisoners after the coup of 1980. The main market is found on the riverside boulevard, Waterkrant, and ferries for Meerzog, on the other side of the river, leave from nearby. Suriname is reachable by plane from Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Curacao (Dutch Antilles), Miami (Florida, USA), Port of Spain (Trinidad), Cayenne (French Guiana) and sporadically from some cities in Brasil (e.g. Belem). Reservations for these flights should be made as early as possible since they are quite popular! Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana) is a small Republic on the Northeast coast of South America. The people are a multi-cultural blend and the land has many beautiful natural resources that make it unique. It is not unusual to see monkeys traversing the trees and boa constrictors crossing the various roads that are traveled daily. The Amazonian interior is unspoiled and sparsely inhabited. The official language of Suriname is Dutch. A reasonable number of people also speak English. Surinamese children are taught English in primary school starting in the seventh grade. The lingua franca in Suriname is Sranan Tongo. This is a creole language spoken by almost everyone. Suriname’s national anthem is written in Sranan Tongo.

from: Baramaribo.com

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Jakarta Cost of Living

Posted by Irwinsyah pada Maret 9, 2011

ide, it has now pegged against the US dollar. As a result, costs are not as low in dollar terms as they were a two years ago, but they still represent value for your dollar. Jakarta is the most expensive city in the Indonesia with costs outside major centres being significantly lower.

Travellers cheques and cash, preferably US dollars are the favored currency in Jakarta. Credit cards are accepted by higher end hotels, restaurants and shops, but not for day-to-day expenses. In major centres, you can always find a bank that can advance cash on a Visa or MasterCard. Credit card advances at ATM’s are possible, but somewhat limited.

Tipping is not a normal practice but is usually expected for special service. Someone who carries your bag or guides you around a tourist attraction will most likely expect a tip. Jakarta taxi drivers expect you to round the fare up to the next 1000 rupiah. Hotel porters usually get a few thousand rupiah per bag.

Everyday purchases normally require bargaining. Tourism has taken a drastic downturn in most parts of the archipelago and, despite price hikes, many hotel rooms are liable to be discounted.

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