Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2020 Travel the World - Week 26

I started a Travel the World Series last year. (It should be noted that I did a similar thing in 2018, only it was the 50 states.) For 50 weeks in 2019, I visited a different country (virtually) and shared facts about that country. I then selected one tidbit of information about that week's country as inspiration for a card. Fifty weeks; fifty countries... BUT there are 195 countries in the world so that was just a little over 25% of them. Of course I couldn't stop, so this year I'm continuing with fifty more countries, one per week.

This week's country is...


Guyana is located on the northern mainland of South America and is considered part of the Caribbean region, as culturally it is more Caribbean

Seventy percent of the country is uninhabited.

About three-quarter of Guyana is forested. Some parts of the rainforests in Guyana are almost inaccessible by humans.

Guyana is the only country in South America to have English as its official language.

An impressive 80% of Guyana is made up of tropical rain forest.

Guyana has approximately 8000 species of plants, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls, which at 741ft is the largest single-drop water fall in the world! To put that into perspective, Kaieteur is roughly 5 times taller than the famous Niagara Falls, which has a 167ft drop. 

Guyana is home to one of the largest gold mines in the world. The Omai Gold Mine is in the north-west of the country and is estimated to contain about 3.7 million ounces of gold.

Agriculturally, Guyana produces rice, wheat, vegetable oils and beef (and of course sugar).

The majority of the food is produced locally including vegetables, fruits, cooking oils, sugar, fish, meat, rum, and rice.

The national flower is the Victoria Water Lilly, which was named after Queen Victoria.

The national animal is the jaguar. 

The giant otter and the harpy eagle are the two rarest species found in Guyana.

Guyana's national sport is cricket.

For those living on the coast, farming and fishing is the main source of income.

The cost of living is very high in Guyana.

Minibusses are the cheapest mode of transportation throughout Guyana.

There are no railways in Guyana – neither international nor domestic services. Moreover, there are no roads links between Guyana and Venezuela.

According to the WHO, Guyana is ranked second in suicides per capita worldwide after Sri Lanka.

Arranged marriages are common among the Hindu and Muslim population of the country. Women are responsible for the upbringing of the children as the children are generally abandoned by their fathers.

Guyana only has one university in the country, which was founded in 1963 and is very expensive to attend.

In the recent years, more women than men in Guyana are attending university. Women are now playing a vital role in doing various jobs such as vendors, nurses, teachers, civil servants, market vendors, farmers, and clerks as well.

Guyana is famous for locally made beautiful craft which includes paintings, wallets, sun hats, costume jewelry and many other items. The country also boasts some exceptional gold jewelry.

I decided to let this Guyana fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Guyana has 285 miles of coastline.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: from my Bin of Leftovers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Real Red and Summer Sun CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Michael's Enamel Dots and a Beach Ball Brad from an unknown vendor


Aracelli Merla said...

Amazing information, Jeanette. Thank you for sharing. I love your card with its brilliant colors.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

cute. The shoreline is a good idea for this country

kiwimeskreations said...

Another fabulously informative and enjoyable litany Jeanette. Love the bold colours in the layering of this wonderful seaside card
Stay safe

Lynn McAuley said...

Your card has me wishing I was somewhere on a beach!!