Since we arrived to Trinidad, our friend Dana has joined us. The three of us got a fair taste of Trinidad in the past 12 days. The carnival is coming up on Feb 11th and the heat is on for some of the best steel drummers in the world. The practice for the bands take place at different pen yards around the country. The Carnival in Trinidad is one of the oldest and the second largest after Brazil. It’s an important event for celebrating life to Trinidadians. Today, Friday we are attending a Fete party to the carnival held at the main cricket stadium in St. James. We are looking forward to “winding” along with the “Soca” music. We have been fortunate to connect with a few locals such as our new friend Eron. He has been very hospitable and kind to us, driving us around to the best areas and taking us to great restaurants. Eron is a DJ at the local radio station and tonight before we all go the Inferno Fete party, we will be spending time at the radio station while he is working.
This island is occupied by colorful people from different ethnicities. Trinidadians could be black or white and from East Indian decent, Latin Americans, or and Chinese. Since they have been here for centuries there are interracial mix in between all, which makes Trinidad a unique place in the world.
Cost of living is very low here. The crew and I rented a car for $15 a day and a full tank of fuel for $12. We drove on the mountains on the northern Trinidad, which are extremely scenic. There are some amazing beaches such as Marcas Beach, considered to be of the best and most famous here. By Maracas Beach we indulged ourself with the traditional “Bake n Shark” sandwich, very tasty.
|Another view of Pitch Lake
|Katherine polishing hatches
View the complete photo album of Trinidad here
Love from Trinidad