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Surinamese CHINESE & INDONESIAN Breakfast Markets Tour | Paramaribo, Suriname

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Surinamese CHINESE & INDONESIAN Breakfast Markets Tour | Paramaribo, Suriname

My second day in Suriname was another epic adventure! I started my day with a breakfast tour of the local markets in the capital of Paramaribo, where I tried some super yummy Chinese and Indonesian foods! Join me as I explore more of Paramaribo!

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My buddy and guide Imro from Jenny Tours took me to Independence Park. On Sunday mornings at 6:30, people bring their birds to show them off!

I was super hungry and couldn’t wait to eat! We arrived at the Chinese market, where there were yellow tents selling Chinese street foods. I saw my favorites, pork buns! They also had lots of dumplings. It took me right back to my time in China!

I got a pork bun, a chicken bun, chicken shumai, beef balls, and pork shumai. I started with the pork bun, which I can eat every day in China. It was super juicy and had a nice, flavorful sauce. The pork was really nice and tender and the bun itself was really flaky. It tasted almost the same as the ones in China!

The chicken shumai with soy sauce took me back to Shanghai! The beef ball was gamy and dense. Meanwhile, the pork shumai was tasty and airy. It was my favorite! The only thing that took away from the authenticity was the fact that I was eating it with a fork!

The chicken bun was so good and was filled with chicken and a rich, red-orange sauce. It had more meat than the pork and was the better of the two!

Then we saw some fresh and fried tofu, buns with cream inside, chicken, pork, buns, and even Chinese pizza!

Further along are vendors selling vegetables, including some I had never seen before. There was a type of eggplant that I wasn’t familiar with, some frozen seafood, and roasted duck! There were also sausages, which I couldn’t wait to taste!

The sausage looked like chorizo and was coated in a delicious, Chinese sauce. The wrapper was tough, but the pork inside was tasty and super fatty! I also got 5 fried fish balls on a stick. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was decent. It needed hot sauce!

This Chinese market opens every Sunday at 7 a.m. There are so many things to try! Then I got some sugarcane juice, which was so sweet and refreshing!

From there, Imro took me to the Javanese market, Saoenah Markt. It’s the biggest Indonesian market in Suriname. People from Indonesia immigrated here in the late 19th century.

I found a vendor making Indian vada almost immediately. There were lots of vendors selling greens. I could se stomach and tons of other dishes like fried banana, satay, and small plates.

I got some liver satay in a rich sauce, fried banana with peanut sauce, and a lumpia with spicy ketchup. The liver was so dense and the sauce had a peanut-like flavor. It blew my mind and was the best liver ever! The deep-fried banana was like a plantain and reminded me of a maduro. It was sweet and spicy! The lumpia was stuffed with tasty vegetables. There was some nice egg in it. Everything came to 15 SRD, or just under $2 USD.

Next, I got a coconut and rose milk juice with small jellies on the bottom. It was sweet and refreshing. I was loving the diversity in Surinamese cuisine! Then I met a subscriber named Monica. There were clothing and produce vendors there.

The heat was killing me, though! I suggest getting an ice slushy. Next, we headed to a third market that sells clothing, produce, and wine made from cassava. It contained 2% and was nice and light. It had a rosy taste and was a little bitter and earthy. I loved it!

There were also vendors selling birds like picolets and parakeets. There were also fruits soaking in vinegar, clothing, CDs, and more.

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Surinamese FOOD TOUR of the Kwatta Sunday Market - Indian & Indonesian Food | Paramaribo, Suriname

With another morning Paramaribo, Suriname upon me, I headed out to go on an epic food tour! Join me as I try some of the best Surinamese Indian and Indonesian food at Kwatta Sunday Market!

My day began early on Sunday morning at the Royal Torarica Hotel, a beautiful, 4-star hotel with 105 rooms. This place is like a boutique hotel in the middle of downtown!

Sunday in Paramaribo is Market Day, so I couldn’t wait to do as the locals do. I had visited the Chinese and Indonesian markets the previous Sunday and had loved them, so I couldn’t wait to visit Kwatta Sunday Market! It’s also open on Wednesdays.

I met up with my boy Jan from Jenny Tours, who took me to the market. We passed through the downtown area, where there are tons of 200-300-year-old Dutch wooden buildings, which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

We arrived at the market and passed by a vintage clothing market, some produce, and food. The market is super crowded. We saw some brown beans with rice and chicken, which is the national dish of Suriname! I also saw Indonesian food and Indian food, including jalebi!

There were 8 or 9 food vendors and the variety was huge, between the local, Indian, and Indonesian foods. I tried the brown beans with barbecued chicken and rice first. The beans were a little al dente and really nice. The chicken had a nice glaze on top and reminded me of chicken tandoori and had a nice, charcoal flavor and Chinese flavors. It was so good. It also contained some spicy chilies, which I mixed in. It had an African twist!

I had to cool my mouth down with some dawet, a Javanese drink made with rose, coconut milk, and lemongrass. It had some jellies in it and was really refreshing! It was almost like boba tea.

Then I had some ketan serundeng, which is an Indonesian sticky rice dish with coconut on top. It was amazing! The sticky rice was so sweet, it was basically a dessert! I loved it! It felt very tropical and was so freaking good!

Next was a Jewish cornbread with yuca called bojo. It looked super sweet and looked like a more dense version of flan. It was very sweet and contained cinnamon and a type of condensed syrup. It was really decadent and could have used some ice cream on top!

Then we tried some fried balls with chili, some Indian jalebi, and a flour vada with pepper chutney. The balls were bright red and made from yellow peas. They were super hot! The jalebi is fried dough in a sweet syrup. It’s ridiculously sweet and crunchy. It was a sugar overload! Then I tried the vada, which was very fluffy and airy and soft. The peppers added a lot of spice and it had lots of layers of dough in it! It was more like an elephant ear than an Indian vada. The spicy balls were the best!

From there, we went out to explore the market, where they were selling CDs, bananas, mangoes, papayas, chilies, ginger, eggplant, and more! There are probably a hundred vendors, and all ethnicities were represented.

I tried a fruit with a slimy exterior and a big seed in the middle. I bought a jar of mango chutney. Then we entered the fish market. Everything was really fresh! It was sensory overload with the sights and smells. There were also chicken, shrimp, venison, and more. It was amazing watching the fish butchers work! This was a real, authentic market experience!

There was a barber shop in the middle of the market, as well as a smoked catfish area! Past that is a huge produce section, and outside is second-hand clothing mostly from the Netherlands. Then, I tried some spicy ginger beer. It was pure, potent ginger with lemongrass and sugar. What an epic market tour!

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I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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Authentic SURINAMESE Street Food Breakfast + Central Market Tour | Paramaribo, Suriname

On my first morning in Suriname’s capital of Paramaribo, I headed out bright and early to have an authentic Surinamese street food breakfast. Come along with me as I try some of the local cuisine and go on a tour of the Central Market!

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My buddy and guide, Imro from Jenny Tours, took me to Cafetaria De Smaak to start my day. I was starving and could not wait to eat and explore!

In the restaurant, there were lots of dishes on the menu, including small shrimp, chicken, steak, fish, and potatoes with kidneys. They’re basically different protein salads and they all looked so good!

The breakfast dish has a Dutch name. You usually get some bread and try one dish, but I got a bit of everything: fish, kidney with potatoes, beef, shrimp and veggies, and more. It was like a Surinamese thali! I took a piece of bread and stuffed some shrimp inside.

The shrimp had a light and tasty curry. I couldn’t get enough of it! The salty fish wasn’t too salty but good. I had some super hot coffee with it. The best thing is, this breakfast will only cost you between $1.20 and $3 USD.

Next, I went with the local specialty, which was like a chicken salad with mango. It was mushy and had a nice sweetness to it. Then I went with the beef, which was tender and had a rich sauce. It was super tasty with the bread. Then I went with the minced meat, which was really great and was light on the spices. The potatoes and chicken kidneys were fantastic. I love organ meat!

Then I took everything on the plate and mixed it together. The mix reminded me of something I’d had in Thailand. There were lots of different flavors and textures and was so good! I’d never had anything like it before!

From there, we headed to a local market. I wanted to get a look at local life and maybe get some more food! We passed by lots of restaurants and 5-star hotels. There were also souvenir shops. Because it was 9 a.m. on a Saturday, there weren’t a lot of people around. There was lots of Dutch architecture in the city center.

We headed to the market, where we found a man mending broken shoes. There were a lot of women selling fresh produce like lychee. The women didn’t like being filmed, but they let me film the vegetables. As we continued, I started smelling the fish in the fish market!

We found some dried shrimp and some incredible-looking smoked fish. We got a smoked catfish and sampled some of the meat. It wasn’t my favorite but there weren’t any bones! There were also some crabs hanging on the outside of some barrels. Further on were lots of shrimp and huge catfish roe. There were vendors cleaning crabs as well!

There were also vendors cleaning fish. It smelled really fishy there! I was the only foreigner there, which made it a really immersive experience.

From there, we headed to the meat hall, which has lots of chicken on the right and fish on the left. It felt like I was in a market in Africa! The vegetable area was more like a wet market in Manila. They had lots of vegetables I’d never seen before. My allergies were acting up, so we got something for that!

Then I got a slush pom de citerre, which was like condensed rose milk with coconut. It was refreshing and super hydrating! It cost 6 SRD, or just under $1 USD.

Next, I went on the hunt for some masks. We arrived at ReadyTex, where there were some wooden crafts but no masks. My favorites were the wooden foldable chairs, which were 1,250 SRD, or about $140 USD. I found a nice Suriname soccer jersey and two for my nephews.

The heat was starting to get to me, but at least it wasn’t humid! My hunt for a mask continued.

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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JAVANESE Indonesian Food YOU MUST TRY In Suriname | Paramaribo, Suriname

As my first day in Paramaribo, Suriname wound to a close, my boy Imro took me out to have a Javanese Indonesian dinner that I still can’t stop thinking about before we checked out some Brazilian dancing and Surinamese street food! Come along with me as I continue my exploration of the beautiful melting pot that is Surinamese food!

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To start our evening, Imro took me to a spot called Jakarta Restaurant. It’s one of the best Indonesian restaurants in the city!

I started with a rose milk with coconut, which was so tasty and refreshing. It’s a delicious Indonesian drink!

Next, I had a saoto soup and a second one with a gigantic shrimp in it. I also got a second drink that was similar to the rose milk, but it was green instead of pink. It was like condensed milk with an herbal taste!

I started with the jumbo shrimp, which was fantastic. The saoto soup contained tofu and sprouts and came with a chili sauce and a soy sauce. The soy sauce was dense and a little spicy and the spice hit me a little hard. I added some real spice to the other saoto soup, which contained an egg. The egg was nice and creamy and was so good with the tofu and sprouts!

Then I went out to the buffet and got a plate with a banana leaf. I got some rice, beef with potato and curry, chicken, thin noodles with chicken, satay, bamboo shoots with coconut milk, and eggs with coconut. I had a packed plate and couldn’t wait to dive in!

I started with the chicken satay, which was so tender and juicy. The sauce was unreal! I got satay all the time when I was in Thailand, but this was a little different from the Thai style! Next, I went with the beef with coconut, which was tender and coated in roasted coconut. Then, I tried the chicken, which was cooked so well and was super tender.

The bamboo shoots weren’t so spicy. I tried some with some amazing sticky rice. The beef curry had just the right amount of toughness and was like beef jerky. I was loving the variety of the food! There was also a spicy samba, which was fruity and had a nice kick to it! The lo mein with chicken was also great.

Then I moved on to the coconut shaves with pepper. I tried it with the egg. It wasn’t crazy spicy and had some nice greens in it. Next, I had some fish, which I tried with some glazy soy sauce that took it to the next level!

Then I went to get some tofu with sprouts, rice, and coconut. It was amazing! It was fried tofu drenched in soy sauce. It was crunchy, spicy, and really unique. It was my favorite dish so far!

After that, the owner brought me some huge shrimp, steak, a fried rice called picante, and veggies. The steak was super tender and had a mushroom sauce on it. It was phenomenal and was medium rare.

The vegetables contained broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower and was super moist and tasty. I took the shell off the shrimp. It was a little tough but it was worth it! The shrimp had been barbecued and had amazing flavor.

The picante came with a hot sauce that was like a spicy glaze. Then I tried the rice with a spicy red dish wrapped in a leaf. It was so good, but definitely spicy! I needed more rose milk to calm down the heat in my mouth!

Then we headed back out to see some dancers in the city center. It was like a Brazilian block party. There were vendors selling food, but I was too full to try it. It was still early, so there wasn’t much going on at first. I chilled had had a Brazilian beer called Schin, which was light but not bad. There were lots of people drinking and eating!

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Suriname

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Back in July of 2019, I spent 11 amazing days traveling around the diverse South American country of Suriname. These are the top 10 places you must visit in Suriname!

1. Paramaribo
Suriname’s capital and largest city. It’s a cosmopolitan melting pot where you can find a rich, colonial past and cuisines that range from Chinese to African to Indonesian to Indian to Dutch. You can also find accommodations for every budget!

2. Tamanredjo
A small town between Paramaribo and Albina. Most of its people are Javanese, and you can find incredible Indonesian chicken, fried banana, rice, and beans, at Warung Lenny’s restaurant in town.

3. Galibi
A small village located at the meeting place of the Maroni River and the Atlantic Ocean. There, you can find lots of outstanding seafood and, between February and June, you can find nesting sea turtles!

4. Brownsweg/Ston Eiland
A town about 80 miles south of Paramaribo, near Brownsberg Nature Park and the Brokopondo Reservoir. The reservoir and surrounding forest offers jungle treks, Howler Monkey Island, and fishing for piranha, and you can find Surinamese barbecue in town!

5. Atjoni
A tiny port village that provides transportation to villages along the Upper Surinamese river. Here, you can grab some Indonesian-inspired food at the riverside restaurant and take a boat ride to Isadou Island.

6. Isadou Island
A small river island in the Upper Suriname River that is home to the Isadou Resort. You can also enjoy delicious jungle food, take treks in the forest, take a dip in the river, search for caiman at night, and visit nearby Jaw Jaw village!

7. Browns-Mountain
A 500-meter-tall mountain in Brownsberg Nature Reserve near Brokopondo Reservoir. From its summit, you can enjoy views of the reservoir and hike to two different jungle waterfalls.

8. Palumeu
A tiny village along the Tapanahony River deep in Suriname’s interior. Take a hike through the jungle to Poti Hill, explore the primary and secondary forests, go fishing in the river rapids, and visit the village!

9. Lelydorp
A mostly Javanese village along the main road leading south from Paramaribo. It’s a great place to find unique handicrafts and Indonesian-inspired street food like lumpia, satay, chicken sausage, and boiled vegetables with spicy peanut sauce!

10. Johanna-Margaretha
An area east of Paramaribo near the meeting place of the Suriname and Commewijne Rivers. Watch the pink-bellied dolphins at sunset and have an Indian dinner at the Johanna en Margaretha plantation before heading out into the swamp to look for caimans at night!

And there you have it! Those are the top 10 places you must visit in Suriname. This country is so unbelievably diverse in terms of culture and food, and is also a gorgeous country that is largely untouched and unknown to most. You will love it!

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Indonesian STREET FOOD Tour & Craft Market Shopping | Lelydorp, Suriname

With my time in Suriname slowly coming to a close, I decided to head out to an Indonesian village called Lelydorp outside of Paramaribo! Come along with me as I try some delicious Indonesian street food and go shopping in the local craft market in Suriname!

Ninety-five percent of the people in Lelydorp are Javanese. They first came here about 130 years ago and brought their food and culture with them. The food is off the charts! We were also going to check out the wood market and see them make some pottery!

Lelydorp is on the main street heading out of Paramaribo. I could see supermarkets, banks, food halls, and more. First, we headed to the pottery market. We had to head down a bad road with potholes and mud holes to get there.

The pottery was amazing! The potter starts by burning some tree bark, which he pounds into powder and mixes with clay. Then, he shapes it into cups, vases, mugs, statues, and more. Then, he bakes it. It’s all black!
Next door is his father’s store, where he makes wood creations. There was a caiman stool and a jaguar bench. The caiman had a cool design on it. I love crafts. Then we headed to a see a man who works with wood who only has one arm!

At the wood shop, I got to see the workers make lots of creations like cups, little boats, plates, paddles, and sculptures of caimans and armadillos. There was another guy sanding huge planks of wood. There’s a big mix of things, but they’d be hard to take home because of their size.

It was super hot and I couldn’t wait to eat some delicious Indonesian food. We reached some food vendors. There were six in total. They were selling things like yuca, chicken feet, fried banana, kidneys, saoto soup, noodles, chicken, satay, and more. I went with the chicken satay with soy sauce and peanut dressing.

The satay was so tasty. It took me right back to Asia! The peanut dressing was unbelievable and the chicken was so juicy! The dressing was sweet and nutty and so fantastic! It only cost us $0.80 USD.

From another vendor, we got some refreshing dawet and lumpia with no egg, just veggies. I also got some boiled vegetables with spicy peanut sauce. I could see spinach and sprouts in it. The vegetables were incredible, but it wasn’t spicy. It was moist and had a nice crunch. I was blown away by it! The peanut sauce made it! I couldn’t get enough of it!

Then, I dove into the lumpia. It was filled with vegetables! The peanut dressing was more like a sweet and sour sauce! It was a nice vegetable egg roll. I loved the sweet and savory combination! I washed it down with the dawet.

Next, we ended our meal with some Indo-style sausages. We went with the chicken sausage with sauce. It looked so good! The sausage was creamy inside, like chicken pudding, inside the casing. I could just suck it out! The Indo sauce was a little spicy and so tasty!

I hope you enjoyed coming with me to try Indonesian street food and seeing the craft scene in Lelydorp! If you did, please give this video a thumbs up and leave a comment. Also, please subscribe so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travel/food adventures!

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I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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Mind-Blowing INDIAN THALI in SURINAME at Martin House of Indian Food | Paramaribo, Suriname

After arriving back in Paramaribo, Suriname following my adventures in Palumeu in the country’s interior, I had a hankering for a mind-blowing Indian thali in Suriname! There’s a big Indian population in Suriname, so the food is amazing. I couldn’t wait to dig in! Come along with me as I enjoy some of Paramaribo’s best Indian food!

I linked up with my boy Jan from Jenny Tours, who took me to Martin House of Indian Food for dinner. He says it’s the best Indian food and he actually went to India based on my video recommendations! A lot of people from the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India came to Suriname as indentured servants in the 19th century, and they brought their food with them! I couldn’t wait to eat!

I met the employees inside and had some delicious, hot, and frothy chai with ginger and milk. The restaurant was nice, open-air, and spacious. There were some Buddha statues in the back!

I ordered the non-veg thali with samosas, kachori, chicken tandoor, biryani, fish curry, paneer, roti, and jamun. There were also tamarind chutney and mango chutney. I started with the potato samosa, which also contained cardamom and was sweet! I added some tamarind chutney, which was amazing. Then I tried it with the mango chutney, which gave it a very tropical flavor.

Then I tried the kachori, which was crispy and had raisins on the inside. It looked similar to a Venezuelan arepa but tasted totally different! Then I tried the veg biryani, which has a nice mix of spices and rices. There were carrots, peas, corn, and beans in it.

I went with the fish curry next, which was buttery and crispy on the outside. It had a tomato-based curry and was so tasty! I added some of the curry into the biryani, which was so good! Then, I tried the paneer, which is cottage cheese. It contained peas, which I’d never had before.

The chicken tandoor was delicious and not too spicy. The chicken in Suriname is always so amazing and fresh. It’s so much better than chicken that has been frozen.

Then I grabbed the roti and tried it with the fish curry. The sauce was so good and I loved the contrast with the roti. Then I dove back into the paneer, which you have to eat with the roti! I added the fish curry to the biryani, which was unreal!

For dessert, I had the laddu, which was a delicious, syrupy bread ball. But I was loving the tamarind chutney. I had to tell Martin how outstanding his food was. I asked if he had lassi, and he did, so I went with a mango one!

He also sold other desserts like gulab jamun, burfi, rasgulla, and rasmalai. The mangoes used in the chutney and lassi are grown on a farm nearby. The lassi was like a mango shake! It was sweet, thick, and so refreshing! It was perfect for a hot night like this. You have to come to Martin House of Indian Food when you come to Paramaribo!

I hope you loved coming with me to Martin House of Food for my mind-blowing Indian thali in Suriname! If you did, please give the video a thumbs up and leave me a comment below. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travel/food adventures!

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SURINAMESE Indian Food Will BLOW YOUR MIND! | Paramaribo, Suriname

After an eventful day at Brownsmountain in Suriname, my friend Imro and I headed back to the capital of Paramaribo. Join us as we make the journey from Brownsweg to Paramaribo and enjoy an amazing Surinamese Indian food dinner!

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We started the latest leg of our adventure atop Brownsmountain, the 500-meter-high mountain near the town of Brownsweg. We had quite a bit to do before our drivers could finally take us back to Paramaribo, so it would take several hours. We had to take a crazy, cracked and muddy road to leave the area. There were so many mud holes treacherous areas and we still had at least 2 or 3 hours left in our journey.

We almost got stuck so many times, but after an hour and four minutes, we reached the paved road. We changed our plans and decided to head straight to Paramaribo instead of the additional stops we’d initially planned. We stopped at a store, where I was able to buy some local insect repellent since I was out of OFF! Deep Woods.

We had a 90-minute drive ahead of us. I was starting to see restaurants with 10 minutes left and I was getting hungry! I loved my experience in Brownsweg and Isadao Island in the interior of the country, and I was heading to another location deep within Suriname the next day. We stopped at the Downtown Oasis, the guesthouse I stayed at earlier in my trip, but they were full for the night, so I got a room at the Guesthouse Kiwi instead for $20 for the night.

My boy Imro carried my bags up the stairs to my room, which was very standard. From there, we headed out to the roti shop to get some Indian food. We odered a huge spread, including two different rotis, vada, shrimp curry, an egg, tomato chutney, aloo, liver, green beans, duck, sheep, and liver with kidneys.

The roti was gigantic! I tore a piece and dove into the liver and kidneys, which was outstanding. I loved the dry gravy. The aloo was also nice and al dente. There was a spicy chutney next to it , which was super hot. The duck was also amazing, and the shrimp curry blew my mind! It was out of control! The flavors and spices were amazing and I loved the textures. This meal was like a non-veg thali!
Next, I dove into the vada, which is usually like a potato fritter, but this one was made of flour. I tried it with the spicy, red chutney, which was crazy hot. The green beans were also really tasty.

After a sip of water, I went back to the shrimp curry and liver. Everything was so fresh! The duck had more bones than the sheep, which was really good. The sheep was more gamy. I loved the gravy that came with it, and I was loving eating with my hands. You have to try the Indian food when you come to Suriname. It’s part of the heritage.

Then I tried the vada with mango chutney, which was ridiculously good. It was sweet and fruity. I mixed it with the cayenne chutney, which is way too hot. This was my favorite meal in Suriname so far!

Then I went with the chicken curry, which was super fresh and spicy. Then I grabbed some of the duck sauce in the roti, which was freaking insane!

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UNREAL Surinamese Breakfast in PARAMARIBO + Flying to Palumeu | Suriname

The next leg of my Surinamese adventure was finally upon me! Come along with me as I enjoy an unreal Surinamese breakfast in Paramaribo and then hop on a flight to Palumeu. I couldn’t wait to start this next adventure in Suriname!

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My adventure started in the capital of Suriname, Paramaribo. My boy Imro from Jenny Tours and I started off our day at a local restaurant called Jennely’s Food House that sells at least 25 different breakfast options. Usually, you pick an item that they stuff into a piece of bread, but I wanted to try everything, so I decided not to have too much bread

The food looked like a unique mix of Indian, African, Dutch, and Indonesian, and looked really good. I was so excited to eat!

I got some cucumber, tomato, lettuce, beans, beef, pork, chicken curry, kidneys, and shrimp! I opened my bread and put some shrimp inside. They were nice and small and super tasty. The shrimp were oily and fresh and came in a tomato-based sauce.

Then, I went with the chicken liver. It was dense and so full of flavor! The bread made it super filling. I got some hot, black coffee between bites and then tried some of the pork alone. It was sweet and seemed to have some Chinese influences. The beef was darker and chewier than the liver, but it was hard to eat with the bread.

Next, I tried the pom, which is like a chicken salad with mangoes and vegetable. The sweetness from the mangoes was off the charts! Then I tried some beans, which reminded me of Thailand. Everything had a unique flavor. Then I took the bread and soaked up the remaining sauce on my plate!

Then I grabbed some liver, sprouts, and greens. It was crunchy, sweet, and spicy and was my favorite dish so far! I couldn’t get enough of it! You have to eat at Jennely’s when you come to Paramaribo.

Then, I went inside to talk to the woman working there. I had to tell her how amazing the food was!

From there, we went back to my hotel and grabbed my things. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to Imro, who wouldn’t be coming with me on the next leg of my trip. I packed all my things into a taxi and headed off to the charter airport!

This would be my first time on a chartered plane in several years. It’s an awesome experience because it’s usually just you and the pilot. It’s expensive, but it’s always worth it. I’d be flying to a spot near the Surinamese border with Brazil!

At the airport, I met my guide, Julius, from Met Travel Tours. We’d be flying Gum Air down to Palumeu on an 10-seat charter plane. They weighed me and my luggage and I chilled in the VIP area with other people who’d be flying on the plane.

I boarded the plane and sat in the back. There, I had awesome views out both windows! We took off! I was a little nervous because the turbulence in tiny planes is much worse than larger planes. But I was also excited to get to the jungle! We flew over the Brokopondo Reservoir, gold mines, and the Suriname River.

After 30 minutes, we landed to pick up 4 more passengers. There was a lot of turbulence as we flew through the clouds. I could see the rainforest below as we descended. We landed in a tiny, green airstrip, where four others boarded. We only had 15 more minutes to go!

We flew right over the Suriname River as we took off again, and I could see villages below. It was so beautiful! We descended again fast and landed at another landing strip in the jungle. We were going to have tons of adventures at Palumeu! I couldn’t wait!

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ROADSIDE Surinamese INDONESIAN STREET FOOD + Wild Açaí | Traveling to Albina, Suriname

After spending two incredible days in the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo, I was on the move to my next destination, Albina! Come along with me as my friend and guide Imro takes me east to the border with French Guyana and I try some amazing Surinamese Indonesian street food along the way!

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We started off with a ride through Paramaribo’s downtown area. It’s the oldest and most historical area of town and boasts lots of Dutch architecture. On our left was the Suriname River riverside, which is where the market is. We headed across a huge brige above the river to a different district within Suriname. Its capital is Albina, our next destination!

The roads are really well paved. They were done within the last 9 years. Before that, they were rocky, dirt roads. Because they’re paved, they’re really smooth and cut your travel time by a lot! We passed through the town of Tamarejo, which is 95% Javanese. There, we stopped at a place called Warung Lenny, which sells Javanese street food.

There were at least 20 different things to choose from! I started with some pommesitair juice, which tasted very healthy, almost like aloe vera juice. It was very refreshing! Then I got my feast, including noodles, two rices, beans, sprouts, peanut dressing, a spicy chili sauce, fried banana, and chicken.

The banana with the peanut sauce was delicious! It was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. The sauce was creamy and spicy, while the chili sauce was crazy spicy! I don’t recommend that one. But the peanut sauce was so yummy and made the fried banana feel like a dessert. The Indo food in Suriname was blowing my mind!

The fried chicken was incredibly fresh and so different from chicken that has been frozen. It was juicier, more tender, and the skin was crunchier. I loved it with the peanut sauce!

The noodles were a little peppery and oily and reminded me of buckwheat noodles. They were a little thick and softer than al dente. The sprouts were crunchy and fresh, and the green beans were also super fresh! There were also some smaller green beans and some rice with soy sauce. I added the peanut sauce to the rice. The chunks of peanuts with the greens was phenomenal! I also added some to the veg, which took it to the next level!

I finished up by dumping the rest of the peanut sauce into the rice and veg and mixing it together. The sweetness and spice was an interesting combination I’d never had before and I loved it! This was some of the best food I’d had in Suriname so far!

From there, we headed on. We found a roadside hut where a woman was selling vegetables including eggplant, beans, and a bitter melon. The melon was bitter and crunchy. We moved on and saw lots of bush along the side of the road. We crossed another bridge and stopped at another roadside hut, where I tried a shot of 90 proof alcohol! It’s an aphrodisiac and was super strong! I also drank fresh coconut water and ate some fresh coconut meat!

After riding for a little longer, we stopped again and got some fresh acai puree in plastic bags. It was super thick and earthy and got all over me as I tried to drink it! We drove into a foggy rain storm as we continued deeper into the rainforest. We could barely see anything but it only lasted 2 minutes!

After passing some traditional, residential buildings, shacks, supermarkets, a school, and lots of jungle, we arrived in the small town of Albina! It was along the river, and across from us was French Guyana. From there, we’d take a ferry north to the Atlantic Ocean to reach Galibi.

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I visited Paramaribo, Suriname.

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Surinamese REMOTE VILLAGE TOUR & Trying Their JUNGLE BEER | Palumeu, Suriname

My adventures in Suriname continued along the Tapanahony River in Palumeu, deep in the interior of the country. A whopping 80% of Suriname is covered by rainforest, so a lot of the country, including Palumeu, is virtually untouched!

I was staying at a resort that accommodates 20 people. It’s made up of wooden bungalows with basic amenities, but they have electricity, so I can charge my gear! There are two twin beds with mosquito netting and hammocks on a dock outside.

My latest adventure started with lunch in the open-air dining hall! We had some roti with pumpkin mash, aloo, and chicken. There was also some spicy chili that I added to it! It was delicious together! The pumpkin was a little sweet.

I took some of the chicken off the bone. It was so tasty and juicy. It was simple yet so good and fresh! I was loving the Indian influence in the cuisine. The sauces were a real game-changer and the heat from the chilies cleared my sinuses! I loved mixing everything together!

Next, I headed to the village with my guide Julius from Mets Travel and Tours. He told me it would take 12 days to get here from Albina! We approached the village, where the houses were built on stilts so they don’t flood when it rains. There are about a dozen houses in total. We also saw the local Baptist church, Maranata Jesu Panejan. Most of the people here are Baptist!

Most of the locals were working, so they weren’t around. The few people around were in the shade. We also visited the communal hall, where meetings, celebrations, and feasts are held. People also sleep there if there’s an overflow of people.

My guides were completely covered so they wouldn’t burn. I was told that the villages are near the river because it’s their lifeline. It’s their food and water source. They bathe there and wash their clothes there. I also learned that the Amerindian population mostly lives along the river while the Maroon people are more inland.

I asked if they had anything for sale. They brought out lots of bracelets, some maracas, a knife, and arrow, necklaces, and a a flute! I got some bracelets made of seeds and leaves for my daughters. Then, I went to try a local beer. I could taste the fermentation. It was a little thick and cloudy. It was 3 to 5% alcohol and was super earthy and milky! It was so good and refreshing that I got a second round!

Then, we headed back the resort. I had another charter flight in 50 minutes. Along the way, I met a beautiful parrot! We passed by the local school, which is next to the airstrip. There are a couple hundred airstrips in the interior.

I’d get to sit in the front with the pilot! I was a little nervous because I don’t really like small planes. It was going to be a thrilling adventure. We took off and soared high above the rainforest. It was never-ending dense jungle.

We passed over towns and settlements and eventually landed smoothly back in Paramaribo. It only took 70 minutes and was a pretty good flight, although we had some bumpy moments in some clouds. I was a little freaked out, but now it was time for me to go to my hotel!

Paramaribo is so diverse. Here, you have people from many different ethnicities, including Dutch, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Amerindian, African, and more. It’s a true melting pot! Because of that, the food is incredibly diverse.

I arrived at my hotel, the Royal Torarica Hotel, one of the best in Paramaribo. My room was really modern, sleek, and luxurious. It had high ceilings, a king-sized bed, a couch, flat screen TV, and more. The bathroom reminded me of a 5-star boutique hotel!

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Suriname Airways BUSINESS CLASS Review | Paramaribo to Miami via Aruba

With my time in Suriname officially at its end, it was time for me to make my way back home to Miami. Come along with me as I fly home and give my Surinam Airways business class review along the way!

My day began at my hotel, the Royal Torarica. I had been exploring Suriname for 10 days and the country blew me away! The country is a huge melting pot, with people of Amerindian, Dutch, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, and African descent all living there. The diversity is reflected in the food, which is out of this world!

I had to travel about 60 minutes to the airport, catch my flight to Aruba, go through U.S. customs there and get my bags again, and then continue on to Miami. I’d be reviewing the flight along the way!

I grabbed my bags and paddles and headed downstairs. It was Monday morning. We passed a ton of cars coming into Paramaribo - people heading into town to go to work. I had heard I should get to the airport early. As we continued on, the sun rose completely. I got to the airport in 45 minutes!

I had a quick trip through the business class line. I hoped I wouldn’t have any problems with the box with the paddles. I didn’t, and went through security to the huge sitting area. There was only one gate. I went to the gift shop to get some things for my family and then looked for a business class lounge.

I found it on the second level. There was some food, coffee, and liquor. I chilled and had some coffee. I got on the bus, which took me to the plane. We were probably going to be a little late taking off. There were only 8 seats in business class. It was completely full! It would take about 3 hours to get to Aruba.

For breakfast, I had pom, bread, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. I also got some orange juice! I put the pom inside the bread to make a sandwich. It was great! It’s like a chicken salad made with roux. In business class, they give you a nice blanket, so I took a nap.

We arrived in Aruba. I had a quick connection, so all I had to do was get my luggage, check it back in, go through Immigration, and continue on to Miami. I had just been on the island just a few months earlier with my wife and kids. I went through security and through the main gates, got my bags, went through U.S. customs, and then was cleared to go on to the plane.

They let me into the VIP lounge and got a nice beer for 45 minutes before my flight. Back on the plane, I had the same seat. I also had the window seat next to me since the woman who was next to me wasn’t there. I was super hungry, so I got lunch: fried rice with chicken, bread, Borgoe rum with apple juice, and a chocolate cookie.

It was basically nice, Chinese fried rice and the chicken had some nice flavors. About three hours later, I was back in Miami! What an epic day to end an epic trip! Suriname is so incredible and so different. It needs to be on everyone’s South American itinerary!

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Surinamese SMOKED CATFISH + Galibi Town Tour | Galibi, Suriname

After arriving in the town of Galibi, Suriname the previous day, I woke up bright and early the next morning to have a quick breakfast, head out with my boy Imro to take a tour of the town, and have some delicious smoked catfish! Come along with me as my epic Surinamese adventures continue!

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Galibi is the northeastern-most town in Suriname and is right on the border with French Guyana. I started my morning at the guest house dining hall, where I was enjoying a breakfast of eggs, spicy and salty fish, and a pancake. I also had a strong coffee!

The fish wasn’t too spicy, but it was super salty! The fish mash had onions and chilies in it. Because Suriname used to be ruled by the Dutch, pancakes are eaten there. I put all of my fish into the pancake to see how it would taste. It was amazing! The pancake was a super thin, spicy crepe, and the fish went with it so well! Juicy and phenomenal! It was so good I got another one! The spice was the best part!

Then I met up with Imro. This was his village. He took me to a gift shop, where I found a cool leopard stool for $110 USD. There were also nicklaces, turtle-shaped figurines, pottery, bracelets, and more crafts from the area! I bought a hollowed-out calabash fruit with a turtle carved into it.

We headed back out. There were lots of mango trees. I tried one - it was more citrusy than the ones in Florida! Then we found a calabash tree and palm trees. Imro also showed me a huge, 500-meter fishing net that was being made by a fisherman.

I was getting hungry, so I was ready to eat again! We stopped to try some cashew fruit, which was super sour.

I crossed a wooden plank to get to the dried fish. There was some that was cooking in the smoker. It costs a little under $5 USD for one fish. We tried it with some casaba bread, salt, and peppers. It had a very smoky flavor and was really good, despite the spines! The peppers were the best part. They gave it a nice, intense kick! I love village food. It doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Next, we headed over to the local primary school, but first, we came across the same tarantula in the tree from the previous night.

The downtown area of Galibi consisted of 5 or 6 houses, a church, and a school. Only 800 people live there. There’s a soccer field, a banquet hall, and lots of small houses. School was in session at Sint Antonius School!

There were about 60 kids and 9 teachers there. It was open-air, a terrace, and a Surinamese flag. The kids were shy. They ranged from 4 years old to middle-school-age. The high school is in Albina.

We left the school and came across a hut that shows the species of sea turtles that nest in the area, including the Olive Ridley turtle, the green turtle, and the leatherback.

It was boiling outside! From there, I left the Myrysji Lodge, chatted with the owner, and hopped on a boat. It would take an hour for us to get back to Albina. On the way, we looked for animals in the jungle. We didn’t see anything, though, probably because it was the hottest part of the day.

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Juicy UZBEKISTAN Fried Chicken (Tabaka) at Ugolok + Broadway Street | Tashkent, Uzbekistan

My second day in Tashkent continued with a tour of Broadway Street in the Uzbek capital and a dinner of some incredible Uzbekistan fried chicken tabaka! Join me as I continue exploring this beautiful and fascinating former Soviet city!

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I started out on Broadway Street, the main pedestrian street in Tashkent. You can buy lots of souvenirs and crafts, including artwork. I couldn’t wait to check out this place! It’s where the locals meet and have fun!

There was lots of incredible artwork on sale. The paintings were very affordable. Broadway Street is great to visit later in the day when it’s cooler. It gets really busy! I really liked a couple of the paintings. The one I had my eye on was a beautiful painting of Samarkand and was about 450,000, or about $45 USD. The vendor gave it to me for 400,000! It took him 10 days to paint it.

There were also some antiques like old cameras. There was also some jewelry, silver utensils, and more. A lot of the antiques were from the Soviet era. There were also some Soviet hats!

There were also some really realistic paintings with wooden frames and animal skin as the canvas. They came in all sizes!

There were also people making portraits, as well as street vendors. It only cost $20 to get someone to do a portrait of my daughter. I paid half upfront and he’d drop it off at the hotel for me. We passed more crafts like pottery and plates and some city bikes.

I played a dart game and got 7 out of 10 and got a stuffed pink bunny for my daughter. It only cost me $0.30 to play! There were more games and little shops further along. I could see fast food like burgers and hot dogs. It’s a real family-friendly place.

We saw a monument to Amir Temur in the center of the city. Temur was a Turco-Mongol Persianate conqueror who founded the Timurid Empire in Central Asia. He was the first ruler of the Timurid Dynasty!

Next, we went to go eat the best fried chicken in Uzbekistan at Ugolok, next to the main street. The restaurant is 55 years old, and their recipe is 55 years old. The chicken is organic and is fried in butter instead of oil.

I got a wing and leg. I also had a tomato drink that reminded me of a gazpacho. I also had some bread. The chicken wing was so juicy and tasty. It was a little salty and had a nice flavor. The drumstick had a lot of flesh on it. I could taste how fresh and organic it was. It was really farm to table! It was unreal how stellar it was. Tender, juicy, and moist, exactly how I like it.

Then, I tried it with the bread. There was more lamb and beef here in Uzbekistan, so it’s a bit of a surprise to have some chicken. You have to have this chicken when you visit Tashkent!

From there, I got to watch and follow a marching band in the town square! What an awesome afternoon!

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 76 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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Fishing PIRANHAS for BREAKFAST in the BIGGEST LAKE in Suriname | Stone Island, Suriname

I woke up bright and early the next day at Stone Island, deep within the interior of Suriname. Come along with me as I start another action-packed day by going into town to get some food and then go fishing for piranhas in Suriname’s biggest lake for breakfast!

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My day began at Stone Island’s reservoir, which was formed by a dam in 1964. The area used to be a forested valley, but now the only sign of that valley are the tops of dead trees that rise up out of the water! After getting some sick shots of the lake with my drone, my guide and friend Imro and I headed into town to grab some breakfast.

Suriname is a big mix of several cultures, including Chinese, African, Indonesian, Indian, Dutch, and the indigenous people. It’s an eclectic mix you can’t get anywhere else!

The Stone Island Resort was located about 10 minutes from Brownsweg. I couldn’t wait to see it during the day. We had to follow a dirt road to get there. It’s a tiny town with small houses, huts, and roadside restaurants. We stopped at a Chinese supermarket to see if they had some buns or wontons.

They had chicken, fish, and about 3 different empanandas. They’re fried pastries with meat inside. I got one with chicken, one with shrimp, and one with cheese. It was like a churro with chicken inside. It had some Chinese flavors and was a lot softer than Cuban empanadas like the ones I eat in Miami.

The shrimp one was flaky, more deep-fried, and thinner. The prawns inside were tiny and there weren’t that many of them, but it was fantastic! I loved the spices and pepper. The cheese empanada was thicker and the biggest of them all. It was basically cheese bread. It was a nice, white cheese. I dipped it into my coffee to make it better. The coffee was the best part!

Imro bought some bread, iced coffee, and Nutella at the supermarket. I recommend buying Dutch chocolate there! I bought a coconut drink, which was like pure coconut. It was super refreshing and was like a mix of coconut flesh and coconut milk! Then Imro bought some hooks so we could fish for piranha!

We drove back to Stone Island. The scenery and roads reminded me of Malawi, where I spent 22 days with my wife. We stopped to see some red hand monkeys in the trees. They were deep in the bush and like 40 feet up!

Back at the lake, we went out on a metal pier. Imro cut up a frozen chicken to use as bait. He caught a big piranha with it! I caught one that was nearly a foot long! Next, Imro cleaned it and we took it to the dining hall and kitchen to be fried!

There were tons of bones in it! I waited for it to cool down. The flesh was gamy but good. The skin was crispy and I had to be careful eating it. I almost threw up because of a bone in my throat. It’s the only thing I hate about eating fish.

The meat was really good! There were no bones between the big spines, so it was easy to eat the flesh. I was glad there was a lot of meat! Then we went for the head. Imro told me to go for the cheeks and the brains. The cheek was so good. It was like the deer meat of fish!

Then we headed out on a boat to go to Howler Monkey Island! Searching for wildlife is always hit or miss, but the monkeys are definitely on the island. I saw a lizard before we entered a chicken and duck farm. There’s a big, yellow-foot tortoise there. They’re endangered. I’d never seen one this big! Then we took a boat ride around the island!

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About Me:

My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

P.S. Thank you for watching my videos and subscribing!

南美洲一國家,以客家話作為法定語言,華人遍布,總統有中國血統

Di bagian utara daratan Benua Amerika Selatan, di pesisir selatan samudera Atlantik, berjarak lebih dari 18.000km dari Tiongkok, terdapat sebuah negara dengan luas wilayah 164.000km persegi (sama seperti Provinsi Henan di Tiongkok. Negara ini bernama Suriname, dengan jumlah populasi pada tahun 2013 sebanyak 553.000 jiwa dengan prosentase warga Tionghoa sebanyak 10% dari jumlah populasi. Bahasa resmi Suriname adalah bahasa Belanda, dan bahasa yang legal digunakan adalah bahasa Mandarin dengan pengkhususan Bahasa Hakka, bahkan Tahun Baru Imlek juga sudah menjadi hari libur nasional di Suriname. Hal ini dikarenakan prosentasi masyarakat Tionghoa di Suriname menempati posri yang cukup besar, hingga akhirnya Suriname juga meresmikan bahasa Hakka sebagai bahasa legal di sana dan menjadi salah satu negara dari beberapa negara di dunia yang menjadikan bahasa Hakka sebagai bahasa resminya.

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Jalan Batu Tulis Raya 35, Jakarta.

My trip to Suriname

Here is a video with most of the highlights of our trip to Suriname. The thing I enjoyed the most was visiting my grandmother after 10 years and the trip into the jungle of Suriname with our awesome guide Dion.


Music: Mai Tai - Jeff Kaale
No animals were harmed in this video nor their peace disturbed.

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