Pothole Nation

Folks have been grumbling about the ongoing collapse of infrastructure across Trinidad. It is becoming apparent that years of neglect has led to an acute problem of failing roads, sidewalks and drainage. It is, perhaps, a side effect of the "fiscal prudence” the current government has applied because of falling energy revenues. However, there is a big difference between telling public servants to walk with their own toilet paper and leaving the nation's infrastructure to…

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Diary of a cruise ship tourist in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad's capital city of Port of Spain.

Diary of a cruise ship tourist in Trinidad and Tobago

Our final stop on this fantastic cruise was the island of Trinidad. Honestly, I hadn't heard much about this Caribbean country before we made port. However, our cruise director said it was a multi-cultural society with lots to see and experience. I figured this could be interesting because Trinidad sounded quite different from the other Caribbean islands I have visited. Caribbean Princess at port, waiting to disgorge itself of unsuspecting tourists. Still, even with its…

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How We Broke Maracas

The days of the week in Trinidad are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Maracas. Maracas Bay is much more than a mere beach. It’s a part of our national identity. On an island not known for beaches of the talcum-sand variety more common to other Caribbean islands, including Tobago, Maracas comes closest to that ideal. This beach on the North Coast is special. Hemmed in by verdant mountains with a bay…

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The Lost Potential of the Caroni Swamp

Hmm, tourist arrivals in Trinidad and Tobago are falling steadily, but what the hell could be causing that? This somehow has the ring of a doctor struggling to diagnose chicken pox. Why on earth wouldn't tourists want to come here? It's not like destination shoppers have a world of choice at their fingertips, right? Wrong. With a simple keystroke, a traveller can book the vacation of their dreams or the adventure of a lifetime. People are…

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Letter to Retrenched Petrotrin Workers

Dear Former Workers of Petrotrin, The gas flares have gone dark. Those work-worn safety boots have been slipped off aching feet for the last time. A house and home, a wife, a husband and children with their ambitions: an entire life built by sweat, risk and dedication is all thrown into question with one final cheque and a shove out the door. You don't know who we are, but we lived an experience eerily similar…

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