Guyana: Going Out With A Bang!


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August 29th 2007
Published: September 5th 2007
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Word spread fast. Somebody told somebody and somebody told Sharon (please pronounce as 'Shay ron') that the world travellers were in Guyana. Sharon was one of Vibert's high-school debating opponents. She told Andrea - her sister - who was now all grown up and the producer/editor/interviewer of her own tv talkshow program. Andrea invited us for an interview. Against a black background in the studio we sat answering questions about the who, what, when, where, why and hows. It was a taped program that would be edited and played later. Feeling pretty special (we had made it to national tv), we set about the final exit events - quick 'goodbyes' to our friends and people who had assisted us, reconfirming our flight and eating some favorites. 😊We caught up with some of Vibert's colleagues from his insurance years in Guyana at the sports club of Hand-In-Hand and then Vibert proceeded to severely thrash all-takers at table tennis.

Our time in Guyana was almost up. In a day, we'd fly to London, England and then bus to Cardiff, Wales. The 5000-mile, 8-hour flight would take us from the region we'd come to love. Guyana was Vibert's country of birth but he
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had never experienced it like this. The awesome grandeur, beauty and diversity of a place so unique moved him beyond words. In quiet reflection he sat, dreaming out loud about what would be possible for his country if its politicians and people could just rise above the age-old, divisive, petty politicking that had strangled and still was strangling the country. His silent fear, but the true reality, is that local Guyanese may never, in their lifetime, be able to see what he had witnessed over the past three weeks. 😞

For her part, Shanna was swept off her feet. She hardly believed that such pristine, astounding places still existed. Her 'pinch-me' expressions and wondering eyes told all who could see that she was in love. And with bitter-sweet feelings, very early one Sunday morning, we waved with tears in our eyes, thru the glass separating us from Mom and Pops. LIAT Airlines was taking us to Barbados for a connecting British Airways flight.

This was it: our exit from the Caribbean. So many memories were created here. How we had criss-crossed these islands and territories! Far in the north, we met in St. Maarten and then finally started this tour way south from Curacao. Over the years we had accumulated much but what we valued above all were the friendships we had cultivated with wonderfully genuine people throughout the length and breadth of the Caribbean and into South America. We thought about family and friends we'd long to see again and about Panic - who had made us so happy. These were the thoughts that dominated even as the wheels of the plane lifted high above the emerald carpet below. A tear slipped down someone's cheek. We hugged.

But soon we were above the clouds and the sun was signalling that it was going to be a bright, sun-shiny day. And our spirits were lifted. And the excitement of a whole new world filled with new adventure and challenges, possibilities and opportunities overwhelmed the sadness. We smiled in sweet anticipation.

"The only thing constant is change".



Special thanks to:
😊 Mom and Dad. We love you dearly
😊 Robert, Petra and Ammiel
😊 And EVERYBODY else who contributed to making this stop the best ever.






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Shelly, Shanna and Vibert
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Kaila, Shanna, Shelly, Robert (Vibert's brother)
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Robert (Vibert's brother) and Vibert square off at Dominoes
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Posing with Mom and Pops
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Vibert coaxing up a manatee
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5th September 2007

Glad you came sad you gone
Hey the internet was down for a while. Im glad to have been part of de trip, Petra and ammiel say thanks. When I see you again things will be different, as both of you will have big bellies hehehe Shanna its was a please meeting you, thank for teaching me dutch "slap that girl" is all I know. Keep in touch luuuuv yaaaaa muuummmwaaaaaa for you not the ugliest son in the family. I dont know what you see in himmm hehehehhehe luvvvvvv RJW
5th September 2007

Sapientia et Doctrina Stabilitas
Your decision to live life to uttermost is one that many people never get a chance to do. Your Guyana experience will undoubtedly prepare you for everyting else. After all, you have both acknowledged that only change is constant. However, while this is true, I wish to also give you some advice as you take Wales by storm, "Sapientia et Doctrina Stabilitas" - Wisdom and Knowledge shall be the stability of thy times. So let your travels build your wisdom and let your acquired knowledge bring stability when all else seems unstable. As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
5th September 2007

I wish you all the very best, most of all good health and God's blessings, looking at your photographs I know you had quite an experience during the past months. Sorry your journey could not take you to Dominica one more time before your final departure, but I know it was just not possible. I pray that we will meet again some day. Vibert, I just want to say that you are a very special person and deep down in my heart, I know that somewhere along the path you are walking right now there is this door with your name written all over it just waiting for your hands to open it. "God Bless You" continue to carry sunshine wherever you go and diffuse happiness around you. Love Always! MERLE.
6th September 2007

Pops and I miss you both!
We were very happy to have both of you with us. we know that you have to go so we can only wish you the best and pray for you every day. We know that anywhere with Jesus you both can safely go. Enjoy the rest of your tour and always look for the good in others. God Bless.
6th September 2007

greetings
Hi Shanna and Vibert, too bad you guys are going so far away, but I will keep enjoying the world thru your eyes. Vibert I have to ask what in heavens name were you doing on our little island coming from such a beautiful country? Meeting Shanna? The pictures alone were awesome. Be safe I'll be waiting for more adventures. Greetings also from Roland Nick and Ginny. Mayra
4th March 2009

Hi Vibert....Wow! you really are having a grand time eh? I knew you had it in you and I have always said that you are ambitious and will one day be on top. Glad to know that you are getting to see places and that you are doing Guyana proud with those pics. Taek care.

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