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Trinidad is a place that you should visit. It has natural beauty, different cultures, music and Carnival. My first Carnival was 2002 and it is an experience that I will never forget.

It was jouvert morning in Woodbrook. The steel band was belting out the big Andre Tanker hit “Ben Lion”. It is quite a beautiful song that sounds even better on pan. We moved along with the crowd all the way up to Frederick St. danccing to Gimme me bly, Trinidad and Coal Pot among other popular tunes.

The powder paint and blue devils were a totally new experience for me. The blue devils infact are really creepy in the jouvert morning sunrise.

I have returned to Carnival on 4 occasions but none have been better than my first.


January 14, 2009 - Posted by | Travel


  1. whats up with the photo, i don’t believe Trinidad still looks like that. use a current picture please.

    Comment by cherrise | January 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Actually this is downtown Port of Spain. It really needs a paint job. I love it though because of the people and the whole atmosphere. There are nicer buildings in Port of Spain but this gives the true feeling of Trinidad.
      Do you want to see some Carnival photos?

      Comment by kagedbird | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. I love Triniidad. It is so exciting. I was only there for a few months but still have friends that I made there when I visited. That picture is exactly like what downtown Trinidad does look like. The best thing about Trinidad I would say is that they out class the rest of the Caribbean Islands with
    the friendliness of it’s people. You do not have to know a soul when you visit and you will leave having met some of the nicest people on the planet.

    Comment by shawubble | January 16, 2009 | Reply

    • You could meet a Trinidadian today and get along with him/her like if you knew him/her for your whole life.

      Comment by kagedbird | January 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. Trinidad’s carnival is ” The Greatest Show On Earth”. The word great is often refer to as of extraordinary powers and this is very true of Trinidad’s Carnival.
    Trinidad’s Carnival stemmed from French and Afrikan traditions.Today it portraits a mixture of modern fast pace rhythms woven in with historical events and characters such as my favorite the “Pierrot” ..oh how I love to hear is rhymes as it bellows above the sweet melody of the steel drum.
    The flavor of carnival remains untouched as the delicate mixture of what is old and new leaves only exotic tingles for your taste buds. Oh it is merely impossible to taste without your olfactory reminiscing the curried fragrances of our callaloo nation.

    Above all the senses that carnival enchants … it is what I see that touches me the most. Aware of the fact that the only thing one is certain of is change and this change is what we all must believe in. The youth of Trinidad’s must rise to the occasion .. and oh yes they have !!!!.

    As the competitions for Carnival 2009 kicks off … The Synergy Soca Star astonished me the most . Here on the stage at the semi final round I witnessed a young male of Asian descent standing on the stage dressed in full samurai gear from head to toe screaming in all too funny Asian accent ” My wine is better than your wine ”

    It is only here in sweet T&T do cultures so rich and sacred blend so well … ONLY on Jouvert morning here in Sweet T&T do the caste system disappear … where the rich man cannot be distinguished from the poor ..

    For one morning each year unity is NOT the wish of the hopeful, NOT the goal of the idealist and NOT the dream of the romantic. Yet it is NOT folly to the realist and definitely NOT a lie to the innocent.”

    Comment by Jaded | January 20, 2009 | Reply

    • I like how you have captured the history and symbolism of carnival.
      socially carnival also brings together all groups in Trinidad. These and other factors make Trinidad Carnival the greatest show on earth. I tell my friends to experience it for themselves. Other carnivals in the region are pretenders. They are based on show held in a carnival village for a week. You have summed it up correctly: Carnival is Jouvert!

      Comment by kagedbird | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. I quote from a verse of local Reggae Artist single ” The summit has come” and almost gone. In beloved home land many sacrifices have been made and as the weekend goes forth more are being made for the preparation and hostingof The fifth summit of the americas. To provide the safety and personal requirements need for each delegate. As the event hits off it has proven to me that the world can only critque .. nothing good can come from the mouths of individuals looking at something for the first time.International press decribed Port Of Spain as “a sleepy backwater, boasting low-rise candy-coloured buildings nestled between verdant hills and the Caribbean”. This writer must be blind to miss the rainbow colour and striking personality of our people and choose to decribe buildings and enfrustructure above all.

    Comment by Jaded | April 18, 2009 | Reply

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