All I have to say is that this trip was more than a vacation but a spiritual awakening.
We had the best time truly appreciating the opposite of living in New York City. I love my city as mentioned in Rant II. However, I also love Trinidad.
So what else did I learn from my trip:
- You can go to the top of the mountain…twice.
- Dogs like to bark in unison a whole lot.
- Dogs also like to lay down in the middle of the road regardless of the time of day.
- Trinidad is a major melting pot of Indians, Chinese, Spanish, African, Indigenous, and European just to name a few.
- A dead poisonous snake is scary especially when you watch in horror as you cousin kills it with a cement block.
- We should never complain about the condition of our roadways.
- Chinese and KFC are popular fast food options.
- The East Indian Caribbean Museum offers the best history and articfacts of the South East Asians who arrived in Trinidad in 1845.
- If you visit your cousin’s temple and ashram deep in the forest, don’t wear a sleeveless dress and don’t forget your OFF!
- It is possible to see a mandhir (Hindu temple), a mosque, churches of Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian faiths and a Kingdom Hall within one mile.
- If you feed a chicken that doesn’t belong to you, it does.
- Going to the beach trumps everything.
- “Depression Ahead” has nothing to do with being sad or poor.
- It is simultaneously incredibly difficult and incredibly easy to miss the ferry from Tobago.
- CP time is real (that’s Caribbean People time)
- Not all holy men started that way.
- You can eat fruits off a tree without worry of pesticides.
- The 1.5 mile walk to school and the 1.5 mile walk back home is real. We did the walk my father did to school. I broke a sweat.
- I come from strong stock and deep roots.
- Spending time with my dad is priceless.