Liming: (verb) hanging around, usually in a public place with friends, enjoying the scene (Trinidadian).
With my first full day here complete I have a full understanding of the Trinidadian term: Limin’.
Today started off with a trip to the Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club. We got the opportunity to take a speed boat out into the water. Each year Trinidad & Tobago hosts the Great Race a speed boat race between the islands. The boat we used today was the first boat to break 100mph in that race. Needless to say we were flying. We raced the boat around the tip of the island to the point where Trinidad and Venezuela meet. Only separated by about 10 miles, Venezuela is actually closer in distance to Trinidad than Tobago. After a quick glance at the Venezuelan coastline we parked our boat at tucked away beach and the limin’ began.
For the next couple of hours we relaxed at the beach taking in the sun and not quite doing much of anything. Re-energized by a quick nap on the bow of the boat and another dip in the water we set sail back for the yacht club. With the wind in may face and the ocean mist spraying me I completely understood Andy Samberg’s excitement in the SNL Digital Short, I’m on a Boat.
To top off my day of limin’ in the caribbean I got back to the house and relaxed in the hot tub on the balcony overlooking the water. Life is good.
(You know, I’m limin’!)
6am- Flight departed from ATL
8am- Flight arrived in Miami
8-11am- Layover (Listened to “Welcome to Miami” – By Will Smith on repeat)
2:oopm- Arrived in Trinidad
After a brief issue with a discrepancy in the maintenance logs that delayed our plane, we finally left Miami and touched down in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The airport in Port of Spain has a very familiar feel to it. It has a distinctly Caribbean atmosphere. All of the employees seem to move at their own, slow pace but with a very positive attitude that is almost contagious.
While the airport had a relaxed atmosphere, as we made our way into Trinidad the rest of the area was teeming with energy. As the Caribbean’s top producer of oil and gas, it is clear that T&T’s economy is fueled by the large oil industry. The abundance of oil keeps gas prices low, at around $.60/gallon, which provides an easier access to cars. The overflow of cars driving hastily on the wrong side (well, the left side) of the road can be slightly intimidating.
After a surprisingly draining day on and off planes, all I managed to do when we arrived at our home for the week was relax. Located a few minutes outside of Port of Spain, the condo sits on the waterfront with a beautiful view of the bay. The huge balcony overlooking the water was an amazing place for a late afternoon nap in the cool, ocean breeze. As daylight faded away the picturesque view of the lights from nearby Port of Spain provided a great end to my first day in Trinidad & Tobago.
(View from the balcony)
I am officially one week and 4 finals away from the beautiful beaches of Trinidad & Tobago. Only Philosophy, Anthropology, Spanish, and Comparative Literature finals stand in between me and the tropical island destination.
Watching an episode of my new favorite Travel Channel show, “Dhani Tackles the Globe” inspired me to find out more about the sports culture in Trinidad. Dhani Jones, a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, travels the world learning to play the national pastimes from many different countries. One of the most popular sports on the double island nation is cricket. Similar to baseball in concept, only soccer and basketball are more popular sports worldwide.
This sport is highly popular in the West Indies and Brian Lara, regarded as the best player to come out of the region, is a native of Trinidad. Lara happens to be a close friend of my family friends that I will be staying with in T&T. He retired from international play after the 2007 Cricket World Cup, where he served as the captain of the West Indies team. The BBC reported that “he will retire as Test cricket’s leading scorer with 11,953 runs from 131 matches and holds the record for the highest Test score, an unbeaten 400 against England in Antigua in 2004.” With no real knowledge of the game, those stats are foreign to me. But Brian Lara is considered one of the best players of the modern era by many. His late coach, Bob Woolmer, brought it into perspective for me. “Anyone who can score that prolifically has to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time, not just of his era.”
Needless to say I am very excited to have the opportunity to meet such an outstanding athlete and learn a little more about this sport. Countdown to Trinidad: 6 days.
With the second semester of my sophomore year quickly coming to an end my thoughts are shifting towards summer. To kick off my summer break, I will be taking a week long trip to Trinidad & Tobago! Having thoroughly googled EVERYTHING the beautiful island destination has to offer I am ecstatic about my trip. The culture and the traditions there seem to be very rich and unique and I can not wait to delve into them.
This will be my first official blog and I hope to use it to cover the travels I do in the near future. On a side note, it seems appropriate that Trinidad & Tobago is my first destination because the colors of the flag are red and black and the name of my blog is “Dawg Trekker.” Stay tuned! (and Go Dawgs!)