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We have just returned from a Habitat build in Trinidad. On this trip, I achieved my long awaited objective of visiting 100 countries, based on the rules of The Century Club. Trinidad was number 99 and St Vincent got me to number 100. We left home on March 2nd in order to have dinner with friends in Vancouver and take in the Cavilia Odessey Horse Show-quite an extravaganza. The next day it was off to the airport at 9.00 to check in and have a White Spot breakfast. I was wearing my rather beat up Blundestone boots on this trip so decided to search the airport for a shoe shine kiosk. It appears that many airports in Canada have had their shoe shine programs franchised by Aurora which may or may not be progress. Ten dollars ... read more
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Trinidad coastline
The build


Yeah Man, welcome to Tobago! Can you put Tobago on the map...probably not for most of you. And it has nothing to do with Tobago Cays in Grenadine! Tobago is one of the two island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, the most Southern nation of the Caribbean. Venezuela is actually just next door! Trinidad is home to some 1.2 millions inhabitants....while the smaller Tobago has just 50,000 inhabitants. Trinidad is full of oil and gaz just offshore of the island...Tobago is way more relax and...Caribbean! My British Airways flight did Gatwick, little stop in St Lucia, and finally Port-of-Spain on Trinidad. We arrived 50 minutes late and I missed my short connection on Caribbean Airlines to Tobago. No problem Sir, next flight is only one hour later, here is your boarding pass. Welcome to an island ... read more
It's a turtle life!
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Yes, it's very rasta style around it! Not sure this is the write word thought!


Trinidad and Tobago Chuyen di Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, Grenada, St Vincent va St Lucia. Toi du dinh di den vung Guyana tu lau vi day la vung dat con lai o South America ma toi chua dat chan den. Khong co chuyen bay di tu My den vung nay co le vi it nguoi di nen toi phai di tu My den Trinidad roi tu day di den Guyana. Di den day rat kho va dac. Trong sach ho chi de di den day phai di tu Brazil roi tu Brazil di den day. Toi tim ra duong di re hon duong di do la di tu Trinidad. Di den day dac ma vung nay cung dac do khong kem. Ve may bay di tu Trinidad den Guyana bang tien may bay bay tu ... read more
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Hello Family and Friends We decided it was time to branch out a bit and see some of the island. I met a lady on the beach from Canada who lives here 6 months of the year who recommended an excellent tour guide called "Mr. Piggy"! And the island tour certainly didn't disappoint. It was a great day with Mr. Piggy and our driver Jeremy. We started north along the Caribbean side and as soon as we left the Crown Point area, the landscape became very hilly and lush. Kind of reminded us of Costa Rica. The further we went the more mountaineous it became and the road became steep and windy with breathtaking views along the coast. Much of the interior is protected reserve forest with no road access. The one road that goes around ... read more
Parlatuvier Bay
Englishman's Bay
Typical Fishing Village


I realize its been far too long since I've written anything, mostly due to the chaos of carnival and being busy with my research. I've done so much in the past few weeks hat I'll no doubt forget to write about a lot of things, but I'll do my best to remember! So carnival started with J'ouvet, which is from 2am until at least midday (given that this was the night after insomina fete, our sleeping patterns were really suffering)! We played J'ouvet with a band, which provide a DJ truck, you get unlimited free drinks and follow them round for the night. The idea is that you throw paint/mud/chococlate basically everything around at each other while walking round the roads of Port of Spain. There are THOUSANDS of people doing this and the city is ... read more


Hello Friends and Family! We arrived safe and sound in Tobago last Saturday and all is well! In general, we would have to give Tobago a thumbs up! We chose to stay in the area of Crowne Point in the south western corner of the island. Here is where most of the tourist facilities are and the best beaches. Even though it is geared for tourists it is small, quiet and relaxed with only a handful of tourists. Most of the visitors we have met so far seem to be from Sweden, Germany and the UK with a few from Canada. It is quite a change from Isla which has become very busy with tourists over the years. So for now we are enjoying slow paced days in a beautiful tropical setting. Apparently tourism is not ... read more
Pigeon Point Beach
Reef Coo Beach
Hummingbird just outside our room


The past two weeks have really been getting properly started with my research and, of course, getting ready for carnival. Most week days we spend working - either going out and doing interviews or phoning around and sorting ourselves out. Thats another thng I love about Trinidad - everything is done by phone, no emails/texts. Its refreshing to actually talk to people and get to know them. Last weekend we went out again (standard) and ended up drinking at the main junction by our house at 4am with a guy who works in a shop which is basically a cage and our taxi driver. In hindsight, probably not the safest idea weve ever had, but being drunk and with two pretty big men, it seemed like a great idea! The next day we went to the ... read more
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Thursday February 12th, 2015. Scarborough, Tobago Trinidad and Tobago is an independent nation and Republic within the Commonwealth. Tobago, the smaller of the two islands and 22 miles north east of Trinidad, features lush rainforest and glorious beaches and is surrounded by colourful coral reefs with more than 600 species of fish. Winner of the World Travel Awards 'Best Eco Destination in the World', Tobago has over 6,000 species of plants and animals including one of the highest densities of bird species in the world. It is a nature lover's paradise. Although it is only 26 miles by 7 the island has hundreds of species of birds, plants flowers and wildlife and the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere. The climate is tropical and the island lies just to the south of the Atlantic hurricane ... read more
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23. The Pier at Pigeon Point


Trinidad: Fueling Up and Carnival, 7 Miles Off Venezuela Well, we’re moving onto island time and its 10am before we even head to coffee in the International Café. There are big windows in this area and we are shocked to see a huge tanker ship just feet away from us. We are 7 stories up and we are looking directly at the deck hands on the “Panda”. Yikes! What is going on? Cope wanders outside to the top deck to take photos and see what’s going on. Meantime on our own ship there is a crew emergency training drill, so crewmembers are donning life vests, clearing staterooms and cordoning off some areas of the ship. Cope returns and tells me that the tanker next to us is refueling the Ruby Princess. The Panda ties up to ... read more
Refuling from the Panda
Steel Drum Band on the Dock
Local Bakery for Lunch


For almost forty years when I worked in the hotel and tourism sector, international visitors invariably asked the same question ... Where do you go for vacation if you live on such a beautiful island? the answer is obvious. I go in search of what I don't have here.... Continents, teeming cities, large landscapes, ancient and prehistoric existences and the like. South Africa is 471,845 sq miles vs Tobago's 116. That's four thousand times bigger. Populations compared - 44million in 2002 vs 50,000 is 880 times bigger. it contains renowned prehistoric antiquity, awesome wild life, proud tribes people their cultures and turbulent colonial history, beautiful landscapes and cities teeming with lively action. So Africa here I come for the ride of a lifetime!!!!... read more




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