More cowbell!!

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Well after writing up the last entry i ventured out that

evening to a well known and popular bar called 'smokey and buntys'.. it

turned into a big street party when the parang group started playing

and singing.. i also noticed a girl at the back playing what i thought

was the cowbell instrument which i mentioned last blog, on their break

i approached the girl to enquire what the name of it was and she

replied 'it's a cowbell'.. so for the rest of the night i drunkenly was

telling fellow limers 'i've got to hear more cowbell' but obviously no

one had seen the sketch so it was my little private joke for the night

again..

so also since i last updated i've been busy touring this island, i

rented a jeep for the week and i've managed to get to all the corners

of the island to see hummingbirds, mud volcanos, a lake full of tar, a

hindu temple built in the sea and spent christmas/birthday on a remote

northern beach...

if anyone wants to come to trinidad and wants to rent a car, i'd

definatly try to grab a 4x4 jeep, the roads are crazily pot holed and

have big ridges and crevasses along the roads especially down south..

which also keeps you aware and alert on the roads as the trinis will

not hesitate to swerve on your side of the road to make their ride a

little smoother, and you can't get mad at the as they will look at you

as if your mad.. i think the have a total disregard for road rules all

the time anyway, i've also taken a bit on myself.. especially on the

highways where it is more of a race track than a motorway.. if you look

at my video on tmy other blog of how i weaved my way to work in my car,

well that is pretty much a regular thing here.. so i feel i can go with

the best of them, but as for drinking and driving, under taking on the

hard shoulder and running red lights which seems quite normal aswell i'll leave that to the trinis..

My favoruite road has to be from a small town called Rio Clara

southerly to a beach village called guayguaye.. on the tourist map i

have it looks like a main road, LOL it's a country dirttrack that runs

through an oil refinery, i thought i got lost when i was driving around

massive oil containers, a terrorists paradise.. halfway i was having

fun dodging bumps and speeding over humback hills.. the second half has

a smooth bitumen surface where you can safely put you foot down, but

you must hope you don't crash as there is a small gas pipe running

along the road with you.. as i pass through the security entrance at

the other side it's a short drive to the beach of the tiny village.

i've met some more crazy trinis aswell, i think they are attracted to

me.. one guy which i imagine was a crack head hustler came up to me and

entertained me for ten minutes flicking his lit cigarette from resting

on his shoe and catching it perfectly in his lips.. he could

catch it with the burning end in his mouth aswell and as soon as you

think he messed up the trick, he rotates it perfecly out again and

carries on smoking it.. he wanted some money but i didn't really want

to feed his crack habit so gave him a beer and off he went

happy..

I met a nice rastafarian at the pub, i couldn't understand a word he

said apart the words 'rasta fari' and 'heile salasie'.. i mentioned to

him that i saw mengistu was in the papers the other day about his trial

and that led to another half hour of jibberish.. the guy was cool

though, at first i thought he'll be hassling me for a drink but he was

kind enough to get me a beer..

when i went to pitch lake which to the trinis is the 8th wonder of the

world i managed to get myself going with an unofficial guide, he wanted

ten times as much as the regular tour and probably lasts half as long

but i got away with paying him 67tt which is only twice as much as the

official guides.. he was interesting and showed me around the lake and

pointed out the interesting sights, i walked on the lake bare footed..

and it took a couple of showers to scrub of the black stains on the

bottom of my feet.. As you're driving in or out of the local area

around the pitch lake the roads are amazingly crazy.. some of the roads

have been closed because the fault lines have pushed and lowered the

roads up and down by sometimes a couple of meters, so it's like a fair

ground ride getting over obstacles, also you can see that the loals

have been grabbing some free pitch to haphazardly do up their drive

ways..

Wednesday night i went down to my local, the mas camp pub for the

calypso show but it was sold out, i walked round the corner to the

sweet lime pub which is run by the same company, and sat down for a

drink.. by the end of my first beer this english guy came over and we

started chatting, at first i couldn't make out if he wanted to talk to

me or not.. as he'd ask me a question, i'd start answer it and half way

through he would stop me to talk to the bar man.. i later found out he

runs the place so was busy keeping tabs on his staff.. anyway a couple

mopre of his expat friends came down and he got us in the backdoor to

the calypso show for free along with a couple of free beers.. i stayed

too long that night chatting sh*t to whoever would listen and woke up

the next day feeling totally ruff, by the evening i wasn't feeling any

better so had to call off a birthday party invite which would have been

heavy but if i went i would have probably been moping around with a

hangover..

i've still got a ton of things to do and see in Trinidad but i can feel

Grenada bekoning.. i'll probably stay for new years here (the trinis

call it Ol' years nite) but i'm booked to leave on the 4th.. i still

want to see the laventille area, a night of practising pans at a

panyard and i would like to see caroni swamp and climb cerro del

aripo.. the highest peak in trinidad.. if i do 2 of these i'll feel

happy. The guesthouse i'm staying in is pretty cool, nice location and

has some easygoing girls workng there.. but for the last week i've been

having cold showers every morning.. i told them to sort it out after

i'd worked out that there was no chance of even luke warm water coming

through, by how laid back the trinis are i would bet the next warm

shower i have will be in Grenada.
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