I can’t go anywhere and not keep an eye out for beautiful flowers. Trinidad is teeming with them but stopping to take a few photos isn’t always easy. These hibiscus were situated along a busy road and roadways in Trinidad tend to much more narrow than most American roads.
“If you can drive here,” said a local friend, “you can drive anywhere.”
I always thought that was true of New York City but the infamous Eastern Main Road, which begins in Port of Spain and continues East until it gets to the other side of the island, is something else entirely. I will really have to take some photos soon as I couldn’t find any online that truly capture it’s essence.
These hibiscus were on the side of a busy crossroad sans a sidewalk and so I had to snap them quick and get back to the other side, lest I be a casualty.
No, I do not want to drive your car
Not in Trinidad at least.
We are in the midst of shopping for a car. Maxis, taxis, and bumming rides from people gets old although I have to say running around the island in my step-mother-in-law’s minivan is a real treat. She’s a Hindu woman and plays Indian music. I love it so much as it provides a unique and wonderful soundtrack when I’m peering out the window–I almost feel like I’m in a movie sometimes. She watches Indian TV stations as well, at home of course, which I find rather fascinating. I will definitely have to write more about that soon.
I don’t think I will be doing any driving, at least not yet. Driving here takes some significant getting use to as there are techniques and unspoken rules one must acquire. For instance, pulling out or backing out of an establishment on Eastern Main Road always requires cutting off an entire line of cars and you have to be ready and willing to do it, too, or you will be sitting where you are sitting for an eternity.
Honking the horn has multiple meanings here. A short honk or two typically means, thank you. A longer honk, which is much more infrequent, is the one that means something non-positive.
And then there is creative honking, for lack of a better term. Our wonderful dreadlocked friend Robert, who is responsible for the above quote, is an expert at this. In order to say hello to a friend as we pass by he comes up with a short and completely improvised routine. It’s like a quick jingle.
The worst though, is the roundabout near one of the big malls here. I’m always ready to close my eyes tight but local drivers are magicians and get through it fast and easy every time. It’s a true marvel!
Back in America!
I will be heading back to Orlando soon to get my partial hysterectomy done and get rid of these nasty fibroids. I have to say though, since I’ve been here and I’ve been trying my best to relax, get fresh air, and eat a healthy diet, I’ve seen some improvement in my symptoms.
I also have to travel to Idaho soon as my first grandbaby (a boy!) will be coming into the world. So excited but of course worried about my daughter as this is her first time giving birth.
Hope everyone is doing well!