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Grand Anse

Grenada

Windward Islands

West Indies

January 15, 2018

 

Greetings,

On this perennially warm, hilly, flora drenched island, dotted with lakes and surrounded by lovely beaches, where relaxation is the national pastime, can anyone please explain why everyone drives so fast?  

Furiously fast?  Surprising and frightening.

Grand Anse

Grenada

January 17, 2018

 

One of the best features of Grenada is that people love to chat and joke, even if the chatter is self-deprecating.  Quite different from my experience in Asia where amusing insult, irony and sarcasm are unknown.  Here I can have a good laugh with everyone I meet.

(The local brew and funny cigarettes surely contribute to the easy chatter.)

Carnival

St. James District

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago (pop 1.4 million)

West Indies

February 13, 2018

Tuesday - Mardi Gras

 

My guest house called Heart of Carnival is a taxi ride to most of the important Carnival events.  (Unless you count hanging out with the party-goers at the local restaurants and pubs.)

Today, Heart of Carnival is the appropriate name.  Hundreds of marchers and the fleet of trucks with their cargo of enormous sound equipment pass just up the street in this otherwise quiet residential neighborhood.

Barrel-chested men and bikini-clad, feather-festooned, half naked women strut their stuff as they keep pace with the beat of the ever-present piercing music.  

Queen’s Park Savannah

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

Monday

February 12, 2018

 

The Children’s Carnival parades lasted two days.  

Now it’s the time for the Big Kids to show their stuff.

Large groups of masqueraders dance and prance across the stage of the Savannah stadium.  

Individuals strut about in outrageous and gigantic costumes.

To take a break from the festivities I wandered around town to visit the Magnificent Seven and other lovely homes and mansions.

"The morning after the night before" I shared a beer with a few of the very smashed celebrants at the local pub..

Queens Park Savanna

260 acres (110 ha) of level land.  The distance around the perimeter is 2.2 mi (3.5 km).

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

February 10, 2018

 

Day 2 of the Junior Carnival:

Teenagers and Toddlers wait patiently in the tropical sun.

Group leaders adjust costumes and makeup.

Kids march and dance.

Big kids in Big costumes.

Little kids in Little costumes.

Tiny tots in diapers.

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