Fort Nieuw Amsterdam is located at the junction of the Suriname river and the Commewijne river. It was supposed to be a barricade to protect the crops from the river between 1734 to 1747. The materials used to construct the fort were supplied by the Netherlands and built by the slaves.
It was also a former sugar cane plantation. In the second world war, the Americans and the Dutch armies helped defend Suriname from the Germans. The Germans were interested in the supply of aluminum from Suriname.
Suriname maintained the fort and made it an outdoor museum for people to learn about the colonial and slavery period.
Good news for Filipinos! It is visa-free to go to Brazil.
HOW TO GET THERE: We took a flight from Suriname to Brazil that costs us about 350 US to 400 US per person (return). It includes a connecting flight of about 1 to 2 hours to Belem and another one-hour flight to Brasilia.
For Filipinos planning to apply for a Schengen VISA (tourism) in Suriname, VFS Global is the agency that offers their services to help and guide you with the processing and releasing of visas. This means that you don’t need to go to the Dutch Embassy anymore.
Villa Zapakara is a children’s museum that showcases fantastic masterpieces from recycled and improvised materials. MixMax Brasil is the fourth interactive exhibition hosted by Villa Zapakara that will end in 2018. The place was uniquely designed with a touch of Derlon Almeida, a famous Brazilian graffiti artist.
It was a cloudy day driving to Peperpot Nature Park in Commewijne. I was thinking that they should definitely be open on a Wednesday morning. We tried calling the office first (before venturing out on another 15 minute drive), but once again, no one picked up. Still, we took the chance that maybe they are open this time.
Holi Phagwa also known as the Festival of Colors is celebrated every March in Suriname. It marks the victory of good over evil. It is a celebration where people (friends or strangers alike) smeared each other with different colors as a sign of love and belongingness.
In other Hindu tradition, it is a day for leaving the past and conflicts behind. It also signifies the coming of the new season, Spring, and people symbolized it as a start of a new beginning.