T&T Diaries

Finding My Island…

Finding My Island…

I haven’t written in awhile. That’s not because of laziness. Just me taking some time out to myself and spending some quality time with family before my next few months on the go again living out of a suitcase. I basically hibernated in Trinidad this Winter – a first for me. I survived four months(…)

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Hassles of Travelling with a Trini Passport

Hassles of Travelling with a Trini Passport

I have a little known passport from little known Trinidad & Tobago (T&T). I have survived years of travel with it, but that does not mean it has always been smooth travel. Bhutan Immigration Officer: “This is the first time I’m seeing this passport. (looks up at me) So that’s what your people look like?”(…)

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Using Travel to Inspire – Our Annual Christmas Kids Treat

Using Travel to Inspire – Our Annual Christmas Kids Treat

I sometimes never know where is home when people ask me so I resort to answering “wherever I am.” But for the last three years I have been coming back to Trinidad for Christmas, the only time of year it really truly feels like home for me. There’s a reason I look forward to it(…)

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Carnival Cricket…T&T too sweet!

Carnival Cricket…T&T too sweet!

Cricket is thought of as boring and pointless by many who never grew up with the sport – and I have many foreign friends who question my obsession – but in the British West Indies, it’s in our blood. We love all forms of the sport with a passion nevermind the current West Indian team(…)

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A Legacy for Granny – Praan Prathistaa Ceremony

This post is very close to home for me, sharing not just a bit of Trinidad’s multi-ethnic culture, but my Hindu heritage and family.  I do travel a lot, but when it comes to family, I find myself on a plane back to Trinidad as much as I can to celebrate religious and other functions with them. Granny’s wish for(…)

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Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later

Everyone knows I have a special love for Boston. I have friends who run the Boston Marathon annually; one even ran in the early stages of her pregnancy. I have friends who ran it in 2013. It’s heart wrenching when you know persons who were injured in the bombing but learn from their strengths to forgive, find some resolution and look to(…)

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When a stone becomes famous in Trinidad…

Two weeks ago news surfaced about a stone in a small village in South Trinidad being in the form of a Hindu God. News quickly spread to Hindu Trinis around the world (in true Trini fashion) as my Aunt from Toronto emailed me to ask about it. Well now I was curious too, afterall I am quite enjoying(…)

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Sun, sea and yoga…post Carnival unwind!

It was a last minute plan but let’s be honest…last minute plans turn out to be the best! My friend had invited me to a yoga retreat in Balandra, on the north eastern coast of Trinidad, a good 2-3 hour drive from home. It’s an area of Trinidad I have not been to in almost 10(…)

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There’s more to Trini Carnival than Feathers & Bikinis!

In all the years I’ve lived abroad, when someone would ask me what is Trini Carnival like, I’d light up explaining the whole season of vivacious fetes, Panorama and Soca competitions, Dimanche Gras, Kiddie’s Carnival, J‘ouvert and pretty mas. Well yes I just confused them into thinking they would have to move to Trinidad for a couple months(…)

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Faces of Trinidad Carnival 2k14

Carnival season in Trinidad is a special time. We may be a little island unknown to most of the world, but we celebrate Carnival on such a grand scale we have dubbed it the “best” in the world. Afterall it is ours! Trinis look forward to Carnival season every year whether they are playing “pretty mas” or not; heck many(…)

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