Road Travel in Suriname

Video Transcript

SME 1: "If you're driving, there are, I don't even want to say divots, there are potholes. I mean you need a four by four or you're driving literally just five miles per hour because it's just holes. It's really, it's fascinating. You know, living here [in the U.S.] where everything is taken care of, it's just fascinating that it's like that [in Suriname]. And nice neighborhoods, all of a sudden the roads are just nonexistent, it was just dirt. Just dirt. And then you have paved roads, and then dirt, and paved roads.

"I find that all over the Caribbean, really all over, once I leave the United States, basically, traffic is just mayhem. People don't follow rules, you can park on sidewalks. I guess that's kind of interesting. People just park on the sidewalk in front of the store. So if you wanna pull up to whatever store, you just drive onto the sidewalk and park there. I don't understand the driving rules there, but you just go with it."

SME 2: "A lot of small cars. A lot of little roads. As far as people traveling around a lot, [it] seems like [there are] a lot of long roads and then there [are] no roads. Once you first travel from the airport, once you get downtown or to the major city, it just opens up into this combustion of little cars, a lot of little motorcycles and a lot of foot traffic. That's kind of how my first impression was."

In this video, a native Surinamese and a retired Air Force master sergeant detail travel and transportation.