chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

L1011 parked at the beach?!

chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

Oil rigs everywhere off the coast

chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

Lighthouse, not sure if it’s real

chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

Vickram

chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

Cruisin’

chaguaramas, st. george, trinidad

Local modes of transporation

Chaguaramas is what happens when you drive as far west and north as you can go in Trinidad. If you go too far north, there will be a friendly man with a machine gun with instructions on how to turn around, kind of like in Esquimalt. It took me about a day to learn how to say Chaguaramas properly, also the amount of time it takes a foreigner to correctly pronounce Esquimalt.

concord road, san juan, trinidad

concord road, san juan, trinidad

concord road, san juan, trinidad

last time I was there..

concord road, san juan, trinidad

hand-made bricks

concord road, san juan, trinidad

front of yard

concord road, san juan, trinidad

front of yard

concord road, san juan, trinidad

having a laugh

concord road, san juan, trinidad

cactus fruit. not sure if it was edible.

concord road, san juan, trinidad

man on the street

concord road, san juan, trinidad

krishen with all the good tiles

concord road, san juan, trinidad

water chalice

concord road, san juan, trinidad

vickram reading

concord road, san juan, trinidad

after a small storm

concord road, san juan, trinidad

towards the end of concord road

concord road, san juan, trinidad

water used to drip on a potted plant that would sit here

concord road, san juan, trinidad

the house

This house on Concord Road was where my mom grew up, and is the place where we went for some of our most fortunate summers in our youth. It’s a pretty special place that has seen a lot over the years. There used to be a store in the front where the neighbours would shop and my mother and her siblings would work, as well as my grandparents. This house was a local hub for small business and family alike. Currently my Auntie Bahn and Uncle Dinesh live there, with their two sons Adi and Vikram. We stayed there for the first several nights.
Perhaps the most surreal thing, other than being there, was being there and talking to my friends over Adium via wireless broadband internet and my laptop. A mixing of two worlds that had not previously co-existed for me. I will admit that I was pretty excited to be there with new technology – what can I say? I am a nerd. A lot has progressed in Trinidad, including the tech, so that was cool to see. Also I had been pining to go to Trinidad with a dSLR for several years, as those closest to me can attest.
San Juan is in the outskirts of Port of Spain – close but not exactly the same town, though well connected by roads. To the north is the beautiful Maracas Beach and the mountain ranges. To the south is San Fernando.

traveling to trinidad

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YVR – Vancouver International Airport

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Mom in YVR

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Dad in YVR

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Krishen in POS (Port of Spain)

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POS – Port of Spain International Airport

victoria, vancouver, houston, port of spain.
some notes:

  • travel time: 20 hours
  • “random” searches: 1 (houston)
  • compliments on penguin + polar bear shirt: 1 (from the random search officer in houston)
  • lady gaga impersonators: 1
  • bret michaels impersonators: 1
  • dinner in vancouver: good
  • breakfast in houston: terrible
  • fire alarms: 1 (houston)
  • gate switch: 1 (houston)
  • baggage lost: all (houston)
  • baggage recovered: all – 2 day wait
  • vancouver to houston airline: continental – bad service
  • houston to trinidad airline: continental – great service