At the Bigi Spikri parade in Amsterdam this year - an important part of Keti Koti. Keti Koti (Sranantongo: "the chain is cut" or "the chain is broken") is an annual celebration on July 1 that marks Emancipation Day in Suriname. It marks the date when slavery was abolished in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles in 1863. (However, enslaved people in Suriname would not be fully free until 1873, after a mandatory 10-year transition period during which time they were required to work on the plantations for minimal pay) Bigi Spikri is an annual colorful parade in festive and traditional clothing. The ritual traditionally comes from Paramaribo, where every year a festive parade of dressed-up people would walk past the store windows of the city. The store windows served as large mirrors in which they admired themselves.
I don't really talk much about living out of a van, but holy hell, these past couple weeks have been something else. We've had two flat tires deep inside Glacier National Park, a headlight switch die after sunset while photographing ghost towns, a hard line to the power steering pump crack outside of West Yellowstone, and the latch to our poptop disintegrate forcing us to drive 70 miles with our roof ratchet strapped shut. To top it off, our van is going in for a complete transmission rebuild tomorrow. At least we're staying in one of my favorite towns in the country.