A month or two back I was in mosquito infested Lethem GUYANA
, a dusty sleepy speck of a border town with Brazil, sipping a locally brewed Banks beer, in the searing savannah heat there.
I did ask them about Demerara and yes they confirm that TODAY it is a region, (within Gerogetown basically as I recall) but THEN it was actually a locale - that clearly had a PO - the unique stamp has that cancel as you can see above!!
I've been lucky to have visited all the other 12 countries in South America ... most several times, but had NEVER made it to Guyana for some reason.
So this Boxing Day, after spending a Christmas Day on the Amazon fishing for Piranha fish, we snuck in via public bus over a remote border crossing.
From the wild west north-east tip of Brazil to get a passport stamp for country 13 in South America, from a Customs Officer whose name badge (I swear!) said PUGSLEY!
I suspect many collectors would have had no idea that Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and French Guinea are all totally Northern Hemisphere
All 4 border Brazil of course, which is party in that Hemisphere, and all 5 countries speak 5 quite different major European languages.
That would be a great trivia night question, as many people assume Spanish is the only
language spoken in South America!
Indeed I'd guess Spanish is the minority primary language spoken on this continent.
To be only a few miles from Brazil, and surrounded by dark, dread-locked, ganja puffing locals, speaking only thickly accented Caribbean English is pretty neat.
Unique in South America they all drive RH drive vehicles - all on the left hand of the road as in Australia and the UK.
And the "Frontier News" has a photo of politicians promising to tar the main road "soon" - next to a barely clothed very bosomy local lady!
PUGSLEY's signautre -- I swear!