One last adventure...

As you probably know by now, we've all made it home safely (and without delays!) from Trinidad. We were a very tired but happy bunch. I know I slept all afternoon...which is probably why I'm sitting here writing this at 1:40AM. Anyway, here's the scoop on our last day in Trinidad:

Our final day in Trinidad started out with yet another pool party, this time accompanied by the mangoes that a few of our girls went out to pick this morning. It was a refreshing way to cool off from a night without air conditioning (and without Wi-Fi, which seemed to be a bigger issue for the girls), but it was short-lived due to some time constraints. We had to be all packed up and ready to go by 11:30AM, moving all of our luggage into one room for holding during the day. We all checked out of our rooms and we boarded our buses for one final trip into downtown Port of Spain.

We arrived at a different local roti restaurant for our lunch. While it wasn't quite as good as our first Roti experience by the side of the highway, it was still yummy and the girls enjoyed getting a second chance at their favorite dining experience of the trip (they voted to have roti for lunch on the last day!). After finishing up our lunches, it was off to do some shopping at Port of Spain's main shopping district. Consisting of a few streets full of stores, as well as multiple little "malls" that were little more than glorified hallways with stores in them through the middle of buildings, the girls got a sense of the local culture. Enjoying some souvenir shops, clothing stores, and fabric shops, the girls managed to find a few gifts for family and friends before returning to the bus.

Our last stop on the tour was at a beautiful mangrove swamp for a peaceful boat ride. Along the ride, we saw all sorts of wild life: tree crabs, Blue Heron, a little alligator, a snake that was sleeping on a branch that went right over our boat (much to the amusement of myself but not of the girls), the Great Egret, and of course the Scarlet Ibis (the national bird of Trinidad)--an amazing, vibrantly red bird that was beautiful to see against the background of the Northern Mountain range. As we sat on the boat in the middle of the swamp, we watched as flocks of the Scarlet Ibis flew in to nest in the trees of an island where they lived. It was quite the amazing sight to see, and a very cool way to end our Trinidad experience.

We got on our buses, headed back to the hotel, and had a nice buffet dinner before heading back to the pool of our annual installment of the paper plate awards. After this, we said our final goodbyes to our tour guides, picked up all of our bags, loaded them onto the truck, and made the bus ride back to the airport. We sang for our bus drivers one last time, and made our way through ticketing and security. With one last chance to spend our $TT, we purchased last-minute snacks at an airport store. We got on our plane and took off ON TIME! We arrived at JFK, got through immigration and customs, and found our bus without issue. We arrived back in Princeton, ahead of schedule and perhaps even more exhausted than when we left.

And so our journey came to an end.

This tour has definitely been one for the books--it got off to a slow and rocky start, but in the end I think the trip may have been stronger due to that rocky start. We had extra time to bond before arriving at our destination, and everyone seemed to be closer through that shared experience of hardships. But as I've said earlier, it was all worth it in the end. Those few days stranded in NYC seem like a distant memory now, having been to Trinidad, experiencing the people, the culture, the music, the vibe--it was an amazing trip with an amazing group of talented ladies!

Hopefully you've enjoyed keeping up with our activities. Thank you for reading!

Until next tour,
-R Dawg