When we arrived in Trinidad in early November, the plan was to order solar panels and take them back to Grenada to sort them out. A week or two maximum, right? Well - not quite.
The gods of all things marine laugh at time frames.
The solar panel shipment was delayed to the end of November, earliest, and with time to think about it, Geoff decided to stay and install the panels right there in Trinidad – if there was any problem, we’d have quick and easy access to help.
Port of Spain is a big city by anybody’s standards. Twenty percent of Trinidad’s 1.5 million people live in and around this cosmopolitan capital.
Independence Square is a huge boulevard that runs the length of downtown Port of Spain.
The narrow aisles were packed with locals in late November. Apparently it’s customary in Trinidad to change out all the curtains and cushions and linens –
and on Christmas Eve we’re told.
And then there's Samaroo's, THE store for everything Carnival.
Carnival is serious business in the Caribbean and Trinidad claims the best celebration. Samaroo’s is the biggest and most famous source for all costume-making needs.
We checked out some cultural sights as well. The new Performing Arts Centre had opened only the month before.
And the library in Port of Spain is a beautiful building, architecturally interesting and inviting.
The main rotunda takes you up through the multiple levels, each with its own section – Children’s, Young People’s, Adult section, and the Reference Library.
And just when we felt we could be in any big North American city, we came round a corner and saw this -
But the serious market is on Saturday morning on the outskirts of Port of Spain - it’s the biggest we’ve seen anywhere in the islands and it’s not a tourist destination. This is where the locals come to find good deals on good produce.
This sign greeted us as we entered the first of two huge buildings that house the market.
The first building was crammed with vendor after vendor selling veggies and fruit.