Then Came the Rain…

Then Came the Rain…

We had all been joking that the dry season never really happened as there has rarely been a day without rain since we arrived in Trinidad. It turned out that we had had a dry season or, at least, a drier season because now that it is rainy season, we are remembering what real rain is like. We are not talking April showers but the kind of rain that makes you question whether a hurricane might be en route. Indeed, it might be as this year is forecasted to be a particularly bad hurricane season. Continue reading “Then Came the Rain…”

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A Year in the Life

A Year in the Life

Castaway arrived one year ago in Trinidad. It was supposed to be a sabbatical – a year of contemplation and recharging of batteries. Somehow, it has not quite worked to plan… but maybe it is the better for it. Continue reading “A Year in the Life”

Mad Dogs and Dutchmen Go Out in the Midday Sun

Mad Dogs and Dutchmen Go Out in the Midday Sun

Folks in Trinidad seem to fall into two categories when it comes to Carnival. Those that play and those that leave the island. This year, at least, Castaway fell into the latter category, and with hindsight given the crime statistics for the week, it seems to have been a wise course of action. Initially, like good European tradition dictates, we intended to use the February school holidays for winter sports. For a number of reasons, slovenly planning among them, that did not work out and so an opportunity was presented to discover another Caribbean island – this time, St Lucia. Continue reading “Mad Dogs and Dutchmen Go Out in the Midday Sun”

Please, Mr Postman!

Please, Mr Postman!

Some readers may know of the Handsome Dutchman’s passion, some might say obsession, for cycling. This obsession was not made clear to Castaway in the early days. Although some glimpses of it existed, my Official Dutch Friend who acts as adviser on all matters Netherlands-related for many years now assured Castaway it was normal and not indicative of anything unusual. Continue reading “Please, Mr Postman!”

Every Day, Holiday…

Every Day, Holiday…

We are back in Trinidad and ready for all that 2018 brings. In particular, 2018 is a bumper year for public holidays with many holidays falling on Fridays or Mondays giving rise to a lot of long weekends. Certainly, no complaints in the Castaway household with it only being around a month until our first planned trip of the year. First, though, school and work resumes including the 0530 wake up calls. Continue reading “Every Day, Holiday…”

Like a Bat Out of…

Like a Bat Out of…

It was another gloriously balmy evening – surprisingly few insects and the temperature just right. Not so cold that we sought out a sweater and warm enough that the breeze reaching our hilltop terrace was still very welcome. Having acquired a gas canister and converted our European inlet for an US one, thanks to some help from Mummy and Daddy Castaway on their recent visit, we were barbecuing for the second time that week. We were thinking of snow-bound Northern hemisphere folks while finishing off a bottle of red wine after dinner. A tough life, but someone has to do it… Continue reading “Like a Bat Out of…”