A tale of two cities

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

well the last update i was undecided whether to stay in trinidad and head to maracas bay or jump to tobago, so i did both.. first i headed to maracas bay, which is ment to be trinidads famous beach, in the guidebook it says "you'll be greeted with smells of burning brakes" and sure enough as i stepped out the car that's what i could smell.. the way there is brilliant you go up high and higher over the northen range looking back over port of spain, then descend to the beach on the other side.. i stayed at the maracus bay hotel, which is the only option.. it was pretty expensive costing 500tt's a night, but it was on the beach and the view from the balcony overlooking the bay is heavy.. during the weekend i did get enough time on the beach to get a little tanned (red).. the waves are hilarious, the breakers come crashing down and all the locals get right into it trying to bodysurf but most of the time we'd get smashed against the sea floor.. when the wave curls over, from the shore side you can se everyone caught up in the wave pretty clearly so you can regularly hear people laughing when they see someones legs all over the place and upside down knowing the person probably feels like he's in a washing machine.. after the beach it's a must for everyone to get a 'shark n bake'.. after a few beers i kept on getting the name wrong.. 'shake n bark' 'shark n bark' 'bark n shake' and so on.. It's real sociable aferwards and i got talking to countless trinis, i was quite surprised at the difference of friendliness between the bajans and trinis, i got invited to drinks all over trinidad including an invite to chill with 3 fit university students next week after their exams,which i'll have to take up..

in maracas bay i had no hassle at all, the trini locals always tell me how dangerous it is and to be careful.. i must of heard that about 25 times since i've been here.. the lifeguard i was chatting to said 'after dark, i couldn't garuantee your safety'.. which i took on bored and it seems like that rule is for all over trinidad unfortunatly. On monday i picked up the paper and the headline read.. "taxi driver stabbed to death and dumped in street, bringing the murder rate to 350" as i was leaving my taxi driver taking me to the airport, was making jokes saying, "hopefully we can round it off to 400 by the end of the year, do you think 400 is a nice round number kris?" and "well most of the people murdered are men, so it leaves more girls for me!, hey kris?" .. after 4 days of sun, sand, sea and sandfly bites i left for the island of tobago, on the way back up the hill that kills everyones brakes on the way down i saw the maxi taxis flying down about 50mph round blind corners and steep declines, i was quite glad i couldn't find the taxi stand on the friday when i came here.. as i would have been shitting myself on that ride, obvioulsy the trinis on board looked unbothered by alonso in the drivers seat..

So last night i got on the tobago express for 150tt (15pound) for the 10 minute flight over, we literally get to 7000 feet and then start to descend again, i arrived when it was dark, so after all the advice i've heard about after dark i decided to get a taxi for the 12 minute walk to my guesthouse, which is olympian javelin 'throwing distance' from the beach and for 200tt i get a double bed, cooker (i doubt i'll use but..), fridge, kettle, shower, toilet, air-con and cable tv with about 50 english channels on it.. the taxi driver who took me was called kenneth, he also went along with the trini tradition that if i get a taxi, he'll write down his number and tell me to call him if i ever have to go anywhere, this doesn't apply only to taxi drivers but anyone who's had a car and had a small conversation with me will write down their number and write thier name along the top adding 'taxi service' onto the end..

Anyway, i have some photos i want to get uploaded to here before my memory card get lost or stolen so it won't be long before they'll be up.. so i'm off to snorkel the reef, see ya..
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kris on

Re: Hi
thanks for the comment, well that's a lovely offer, there is nothing better than getting shown around by a local.. when i was there i was thinking of coming back for crop over, but i don't want to keep to any dead set plans at the moment.. anyway get in contact by pressing the 'send a message button' under my profile pic.. looking forward to he from you bajan girl.. kris

linktrini on

Hi Kris,

I enjoyed reading your blog. I just came back from Trinidad...had a blast!

kris on

Re: Hi
great you enjoyed the blog and had a great time, i really enjoyed going there.. i take it you have family and friends there.. lucky for some, eh!

hope to be back there within a couple of months to help me cross from venezuala to guyana..

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