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Anthony Bourdain, so long amigo.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

– Anthony Bourdain, 1956 – 2018

Last Friday was a mixed bag that only got shitter with the news of Anthony’s passing. I don’t know if I should be surprised or not at the impact of his abrupt absence. Parts Unknown was a bright spot in my week, eventually, he became a good friend of the family. He was the Uncle that’s never home for the holidays but sends neat stuff and questionable recipes.

Tony’s energy, his nonchalant poetry, gifted storytelling, dry humour, love for people and hunger for both the next meal and adventure… revived a dormant creature within me, the wild thing who knew I was responsible, I’m to be held accountable for my own wanderings that I must set out.

He was hurting at the hands of his demons, whatever they were and I’m sorry that he felt ending his life was the only choice, more so that I could possibly explain. Was it selfish? You can say that but there are a lot of things, aspects of the man, that will always remain a mystery. And who are we to judge?

Most of all? I regret he won’t get to experience another rainfall, to breathe in another lungful of fresh spring air or to taste a new exotic dish, that he didn’t get to meet new folks and immerse himself headfirst into yet another unknown to map and learn and to share with the rest of the world.

I give my deepest sympathy for his family, friends – most especially Eric Ripert-, and colleagues at CNN … and to the rest of us who he’s touched, however briefly. The world may be poorer without him but he’d given us himself in return, and what a gift that is.

Did you guys have a favourite episode of Parts Unknown, do you remember your first one? What interview or meal intrigued you? A favourite quote? 

I know it’s not easy to confide in another person, however close they are to you and perhaps it’s because they are, it’s crucial we make an honest-to-goodness attempt to give ourselves a chance to move past our own demons, to live a happy life, whatever that looks like to you. In the darkest times, we lack perspective, to see how much we can matter to another human being. I know.

So please. Do the bravest thing you might ever have to do. Ask for help. Here’s a link to some excellent resources a good friend of mine sent to me.

HELPGUIDE.ORG | Are you feeling suicidal?

I hope you safe and thriving.

Devina

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News Week’s 2012 Travel Bucket List

2012 Travel Bucket List: Burma, North Korea and More Destinations (<- click to see all)

Guyana

Martin Harvey / Corbis

Though it sits just north of Brazil, Guyana still has yet to appear on the traveler’s radar–only about 5,000 tourists enter each year, according to Kirk Smock, author of the Bradt travel guide to Guyana and a consultant for the USAID-funded Guyana Sustainable Tourism Initiative. Often it’s just you, the staff, and the sounds of bird calls at the jungle lodges. Ninety percent of the population lives along the developed Atlantic region, which means that 80 percent of the country sees nary a human frolicking among the primary rainforest. Read more here …

Highlights: In the virgin forests, species that are endangered elsewhere reproduce successfully. You can still spot giant anteaters, jaguars, black caimans, and around 820 varieties of birds. (via Newsweek.com)

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Well, it’s nice to see that my home country is ”going places”. I live in along the Atlantic area (or the low coastal plain) and haven’t been to the highland region, where the rainforests are but from the photos I’ve seen makes I itch to take a trip! Photographer’s Paradise folks, I’m telling you. I understand that we’ve got to have wood but I don’t like the idea of lots of people getting into lumbering, though we’ve got policies in place not everyone abides, and if you’ve enough green – if you know what I mean – almost anything’s possible.

There is one international highway, and it is still unpaved, which has kept much of the interior industry (including logging, gold mining, and oil prospecting) from dominating the landscape.

Actually, I see that as a good thing, not development-wise, but it keeps what life is there alive and well and not endangering them. Though the government preaches on protecting wild life, through excessive mining and logging things wouldn’t turn out so swell, especially if more easier access is going to be facilitated …

That waterfall in the picture I believe is Orenduke Falls because Kaieture Falls is a single, straight drop.

I’m not lying when I say that Guyana’s a very beautiful country, we’ve got more to go but we’re getting there, oh I’ve yet so much to discover! You’re all always welcome to visit!

Catch you guys later,

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