Like forty or fifty years ago
Trip Start Feb 01, 2008
34Trip End May 20, 2008
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It is usual to see lots of people riding in the back of pick up trucks and several kids on one bike with no helmets. The concept of personal responsibility is still alive and well...there is no real concern about people driving without insurance and you sure don't see any life preservers on any of the boats for example. Sewer holes are wide open and rebar is sticking up out of concrete all over the place...I am sure you would have no recourse if you ever got hurt so the onus is on you to beware.
Many, many people are sitting out on benches or on the beach and the pace is very, very slow. Most of them say they are just "chilling". A couple of guys the other day asked us to sit with them...When we asked them what they were doing, their answer was they were just watching the sea turtles come up for air. (Turtles only come up about once every fifteen minutes or so, which tells you something about the way time is viewed here.)
Kids all over the place are playing cricket using a piece of wood as a bat and a bottle full or pebbles as a ball...kids are always in the street, and of course foot ball (soccer) is big.
Not that it is a good thing but no one thinks twice about littering and it is common for drivers to have a "traveller." We saw a man this morning with a bnch of kids in a pick up, and he was stopping for a beer. There is actually a bottle holder built into the driver side door (right hand drive) panel. No one moves too quickly and drinking is a big part of life...there are rum shops every few paces or so.
We are going to Crown Point tomorrow (hoping for a 7 am bus but we will believe that when we see it...). That way we will be closer to the airport for our flight back to Trinidad.