November 6, 2018

Postcards from Port of Spain


What do I love most about Port of Spain, Trinidad? It's a toss up between:

The delicious food

There are so many cuisines to choose from! I enjoyed Korean, Chinese, Indo Caribbean, French/Asian fusion and to-die-for roti and doubles, all within 4 days....and they were all really, really tasty meals.



Great friends old and new warm people, and feeling welcomed

One of my oldest friends, Danielle, always welcomes me with open arms when I visit Trinidad and I'm always so grateful for her hospitality. On the flip side, I finally met Krystal, aka The Kay Times, a Trinidadian blogger who I've been following for years, but had never met in real life! We hit it off immediately, as if we had known each other for years.



The celebration of various cultures and religions

It really is a melting pot! My Global Shaper sister from another mister, Anissa, took me to Divali Nagar, a large, annual Duwali celebration just outside of Port of Spain. Hinduism is one of the major religions in Trinidad, so there were festivities taking place across the island. Divali Nagar is a big festival pop up 'village' of sorts, and there were lots of food stalls, as well as stall selling everything from clothing to doors. We had beautiful henna done and snacked on some delicious smoothies. It's amazing to think that most Trinbagonians (Trinidadian/Tobagonian) would have grown up with exposure to a wide range of religions and religious festivals.



Authenticity

I kept trying to put my finger on what it is that I'm drawn to specifically in Trinidad, this feeling that I've experienced every time I've been, and I think it's the authenticity. Since Trinidad is not dependent on tourism, it feels like everything you see/do/experience is unapologetically Trini, designed with various definitions of Trinis in mind, but also open to having anyone join in (such as Carnival). It's a really refreshing experience, especially in the Caribbean, as so many islands struggle with being as authentic for the sake of tourism.

These are just some personal observations that I've made in the few times that I've been to Trinidad, and I have yet to visit Tobago, but I can't wait to visit our twin island neighbours again soon!

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