Well, I was planning to sit down and write a bit of background on the little bat that we're after down here in Suriname--about the fact that only ten specimens have ever been caught (four by my dad or his teams), about the interesting rarity of this species and the delicate ecosystem of the Guiana Shield--all in preparation for talking with the local officials tomorrow at STINASU and the governmental division Nature Conservation....
We got into Suriname right on time last night, though that was almost two hours earlier than originally scheduled, thanks to the air traffic controllers strike. We were the only plane on the runway, but they still parked us on the far side of the tarmac, so we all trekked across like a string of ants toward the glowing green neon sign: "Johan Adolph Pengel Airport." We caught our shuttle outside of baggage claim and drove toward Paramaribo.
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