Sunday, June 29, 2014

I Can See South America From My Boat

June 24, 2014

Said in my best Sarah Palin voice!  Hee hee.  But seriously, we did see South America as we sailed into the Boco De Monos cut between western tip of Trinidad and the Trinidadian island of Monos. I didn't realize just how close Venezuela was.  Gulp!   FYI - Currently Venezuela is a no go zone for cruisers because it is not safe.  Hopefully that will change in the near future as many of our seasoned cruising friends have wonderful tales of the days gone past when it was safe to cruise Venezuela.
The crushing guide says Trinidad is more like South America than the Caribbean.  We have only been here one day but we can already see why.  It has a different look, feel, pulse, etc.....  One interesting discovery is the huge India population here.  Actually, I guess they are Trinidadian but with India heritage. This can be traced back to the days just after the slavery trade was abolished. Indentured servants from India were brought in to work.  This gives current day Trinidad a big dose of Indian culture that is reflected in the people, religion, foods and language.

Stay tuned for more as we start to explore this diverse and interesting country.   

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on another safe passage! I follow one cruiser's blog who always stays in Grenada for the hurricane season and so far he's been lucky, but you are smart to go even farther south. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more about Trinidad!