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Living in TnT

What do you see as the in's and out's, ups and downs about living in Trinidad and Tobago.

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I always find the, usually, 2 ½ hour ferry ride from Trinidad to Tobago provides a physical opportunity to step down a gear and unwind from the frenetic Port of Spain pace in preparation for tranquil Tobago. This time was no different. Landing on Tobago you just feel as though you’re on a Caribbean island.  Everything just feels smaller and more manageable. Less frenzied. I realized I was starving! The text I’d sent to a friend living in Tobago in an attempt to locate fish broth turned up nothing, after all, “It’s Sunday in Tobago… “   So my friend...
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Peche Patisserie     “Come, Now!”   The small and intimate Peche Patisserie is so busy on a Saturday and Sunday, now that word has got out, that it is necessary to book in order to guarantee a seat. Being one of the breakfasting patrons when it first opened I feel a bit peeved about this and go there less. However, I live within walking distance of Peche and as my ego recovers I’m discovering that if I telephone when I feel a “Peche” coming on, pretty soon after I’m seated and indulging.    My personal affinity for the patisserie...
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Every time Trinis meet visitors and especially people who are going to be here for a year or longer, the conversation inevitably turns to Carnival and how great it is.  It’s the Greatest Show on Earth don’t ya know. Well I don’t think it’s a show, but it certainly is a really good time and the question is  Should you play or Not. My advice is yes.  Definitely play.  It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you can brag to all of your friends that you were part of it.  Even if you don’t like it. Don’t put it off...
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Growing up in Central Trinidad, meant that the sights, sounds and taste of Divali were all around. Exploding bamboo and the sounds of Indian music floating on the air were usually our first indicators that Divali time was upon us.   (There are some links below to learn more about Diwali.) We were always blessed to have wonderful friends in the area who would invite us to their homes to take part in their Divali traditions. As a child I remember the delight of helping to light deyas at a friends home, loving the tiny clay vessels and the smell of the...
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OK so you know that service is not (yet) our strong suit.  Here are some tips to get better service in TnT. 1.Reward it when you see it Acknowledge any and everyone that does their job with a smile.  People need to know that their job matters and that they make a difference.  Ask the server their name, use it, look them in the eyes etc.  These are simple things that make people feel that you see them as human beings and can make a gigantic difference in the type of service you receive.  Compliment people for simple things like their...
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