INSPIRATIONAL TRIP on way TO SURINAM AND BACK
Searching for a flight to Suriname is difficult in summer months. You will hear ‘All Full’ across the bureau of the Travel agencies including Mao Asam travel agency in Curacao. Yes via Miami full, via Trinidad and Tobago as well. ‘Let’s try this one- let’s try that’; so much patience! Until finally, hoping for the calling out ‘ got it’. Finally got closer on ‘the line’ while stretching the neck. One message exalted above the rest of messages and resonated through all Full Flight Companies all together. Then the announcement, without hesitation. “The Fly All Ways Suriname Company started a new schedule on the 25th flying Suriname – Curacao/ Curacao- Surinam. I thought silently and impatiently, ” Book then”.
It was my luck again on one of those days. Who could resist. And this flight starts on my wishful date, the 25th of June. That date is to be remembered. Starting off after checking in at the airport, I checked out this new installed clean cabin and furniture. There was no claim for the outside neither; It was as good as measurable a standard airplane as usual the size that one will trust upon. Getting on board, the passengers were being guided and seated, all procedures in place. After all hens on deck, precautions and taking off and high on air, the relaxing moment of peace went in charge. After us taking care of head and feet, we got surprised with colorful packages snacks and beverage while flying high in the sly to get to Suriname.
A few weeks of stay and having a great time and enjoying occupying with my Arts obligations and presenting my New release Prose Book in a come together, time had arrived to fly again with Fly-All-Ways. Too soon but time to go HOME. Much to my surprise a big crowd were there, aligned to check in. Who are they and looking so familiar ? Coming closer it was nothing more than youngsters and leaders from the Bonaire Karate Club to my surprise. They’d visited Suriname for a 3 days Karate competition event. These Bonaire kids in their outfit got my blushing attention cause I knew most their parents through my peddling back and forth from Curacao to Bonaire in the 80’s and 90’s. Catching their smiling faces and family names, I kept asking to
more releasing news. While standing in the queue, waiting to check in I came to know how many medals they ended up with and of course a GOLD CUP. 15 medals and One Gold Cup and greatly Happy for the Group and Bonaire Karate Club.
Running to another queue while waving goodbye to this group I bumped into other groups that competed as well.
Some chit started with the group from Trinidad and Tobago. So, I said carefully. ‘I saw the Bonaire group, how much yours in medals and cups’. ‘More than 10 and one bigger Gold Cup, in total 7. And second place’. Who is the number one, I asked? SURINAM. Oh Fantastic, I cried out loud, still answering quickly, ‘you of course second. ‘And Curacao Third and Bonaire 4th’ place’. So Trinidad and Tobago the big Second’; ‘Congratulations’.
This in swift of time, I wondered instantly at how I got inspired by this country Suriname; In total 4 times coming here. First for Carifesta in 2013 for Folklore, Visual Arts and Literature Group, then Javanese Batik studies at Sana Budaya Center 2014 and Creole African design studies afterwards and meeting Sculpture Artists inclusive organizational skills with Surinamese Art centers 2015 where I reviewed both encounters. I enjoyed the heavy rain falls every year I’ve been there. And after a morning rain, a lovely sun came up. GOOD food ! Also I’m loving the Sranan language. So I promised I will get through this language at 4th encounter launching a new book like now what I did being here.
On board a total quietness again. Every one caught up in their own world for a total relaxation. Everyone seemed tired but satisfied. The flight was like cool-aid restful with refreshment and snacks.
Ahh, TOO LATE for a snapshot.. Coming at airport a crowd waiting outside with a big applaud. Pabien Korsou and also for Suriname for big accomplishment.
Asyla ten Holt