Out-of-town Daytrippin’

15 Feb

VSO Guyana took us on a mini trip to get away from the office for one day. We headed to Madewini Gardens for a swim in a pool and the blackwater creek (a very literal name). It wasn’t all play – we had to do some learning first on the status of disability in Guyana. VSO programs dedicated to improving the status, and about common vegetables. I know, that last topic doesn’t seem like it belongs but it was a necessary lesson!

Because they don’t call an eggplant an eggplant…they don’t even call it an aubergine. They actually call it a “Boulanger” or a “Baigan”. huh.

A Guyanese saying is that if you eat labba and drink black water while visiting Guyana, you are bound to return.

  • Labba is a small agouti or South American rodent that can be eaten in a dark stew called “pepper pot”
  • “Black water” is the water of muddy streams…it’s self-explanatory, really.

No, I did not drink black water, but I guess I don’t need to since I’ll be living in Guyana for at least a year. I’ll let you know if/when I try labba.

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4 Responses to “Out-of-town Daytrippin’”

  1. Hanna Lee 16. Feb, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    why didn’t you try the black water?!!! did you try the Labba?

  2. Flo 16. Feb, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Labba doesn’t sound good at all. Why would you want to try a rodent ? yucks !

  3. Fars 18. Feb, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    My family calls eggplant baigan too. I love that pic of the boat BTW!

  4. Madeline 23. Feb, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    “Let baigans be baigans.” (not-yet-famous Guyanese proverb)