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Hotel: Guesthouse Albergo Alberga, Paramaribo, Suriname, 15 Euro
We spent this morning walking around Paramaribo. After the long day yesterday in the car/bus we were eager to stretch our legs. Breakfast at the Albergo was 3 Euro, for either toast and cheese or a fried egg. We passed the Hof van Justie and the palace again, past the unpronouncable Onafhankelijksplein (Independence Square) and down to the Waterkant, the row of buildings fronting the Suriname river. We found a tour company and inquired about options to Brownsberg park. Like in Georgetown, this was slow season and there weren't any  tours going out. We had hoped to spend the night out in Brownsberg park, but this requires booking the lodges beforehand in town, but it was the weekend and the STINASU park was closed.

Mosque+Synagogue, Paramarigo, Suriname
We then went down to the Maroon market, which had an assortment of traditional crafts, spices, and bush meat. We saw a smoked monkey arm for sale! The market was huge, with two buildings and alleys winding behind. We then wandered up Jodenbreestraat, to a paradoxical sight of a synagogue next to a mosque! Suriname has quite a mixed culture society, they are proud of their heritage and the different ethic groups seem to get along well.
Paramaribo has the uber-present McDonalds and KFCs, we stopped at Micky D's for a milkshake as it was beginning to get warm. We then went over to the Avis office to see about renting a car for the next day; their office closed at noon but we wouldn't need the car till the next morning. We filled out the paperwork and arranged for our rental to not start until that evening; that meant we would only need a single day! Back to our guesthouse, buying a bottle of  rum along the way, where we told them we would need two more nights.
Spent the afternoon wandering some more about Paramaribo, having a roti for lunch. The Zeelandia fort was closed (on Saturday?), so we were only able to get photos from the outside. We saw many more Dutch girls today, very few Dutch guys. They must come here for their eco-experience, or to hook up with a local guy. We saw several walking around with local boys! That night we went back to the restaurant strip and ran into Diane again, the woman we had met waiting for the ferry. She was headed off to one of the beaches, it is currently turtle nesting season. There were several discos going tonight but we were pretty tired still from the long day yesterday and walking around that we just went back to the Albergo and crashed. 

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