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"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." William Blake


Pulled up by the Police

June 24th, 2009 by sunflowers

On the way to catch the ferry we were pulled up by the police for turning left between 6:30-8:30am. Pretty much everyone missed the road sign. Everyone got away with a warning after one of the women started crying about how unfair it was. I would be pretty happy if this was the only time I was pulled up by the police on this holiday.

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T&T The Video

June 20th, 2009 by sunflowers

Mostly the turtles with a lizard and a bit of goat racing at the end.


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Liming in Tobago

June 20th, 2009 by sunflowers

The word lime is used to describe partying in TnT which we did at the Sunday School in Tobago. Though it is a bit like being back in time as all the songs seem to be islandised remakes. As well as getting in some beach time we went diving, bird watching, watched goat racing, and drove along narrow roads with broken bridges. If you want a Caribbean holiday Trinidad and Tobago is suppose to be relatively cheap (£369 return from the UK and most of the accommodation 35-50US for a double room with aircon and cable) and I highly rate it. The diving off Little Tobago is probably the best coral diving I have done. The seabed was an array of colourful coral which unfortunately we didn’t see when we were snorkeling and I had my camera.

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Turtles and Trinidad

June 15th, 2009 by sunflowers

We spent one week in Trinidad and one week in Tobago. In Trinidad we visited Pitch Lake, one of three bitumen lakes in the world and where they mine 250 tonnes of bitumen a day which is exported and used in making roads all over the world. A mangrove swamp tour to see hundreds of scarlet it Ibises (though it was more like tens as it wasn’t the season for them).

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And one of t he coolest things I have done, we went and watched leatherback turtles come up to shore to lay eggs and little ones hatching only to be eaten by the birds in the morning on their way to the water. Female leatherbacks grow to about 500 pounds and the males can get to be close to a tonne. They migrate to Australia but always come back to lay on the beach they were hatched.

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Cost of the Ferry between Venezuela and Trinidad

June 11th, 2009 by sunflowers

I just arrived in Trinidad where Steve is meeting me for a two week holiday, within a break, within a trip. I know it is a hard life. But necessary for my bike trip as he is bringing over some custom earplugs as my ones are broken and I can’t do the rest of my trip without listening to music as it is a big place. Plus a heated jacket I ordered (it is also going to be colder) and my lovely daytona boots. But he drew the line at a helmet (my one got covered in mud and smells).

The ferry turned out to be much more expensive than the guide books said. $235 (1185B + 80B tax + 75TT) instead of around $100 return. So it used up all my remaining Venezuelan Bolivars and US dollars and I arrived in Trinidad without any money. A taxi driver tried to charge me double what the people I asked on the ferry said a taxi would be so I ended up going back with a women who runs a guest house and was picking up her husband off the ferry.

Btw – this is the code I have for the videos and even though it is set to autostart false it is always playing the videos when I open the browser. Does anyone know how to fix this?

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Puerto La Cruz

June 9th, 2009 by sunflowers

Sharon and I spent out last few days in Venezuela together eating at the Chinese and Arabic restaurants that abound in the coastal city of Puerto La Cruz, finishing off the rum we had and drinking strawberry juice drinks at kebab shop next door. We were suppose to go diving or snorkeling but Sharon didn’t think her back was up to it after hurting herself falling off the horse (she thinks she may have broken her tail bone).

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Videos from Honduras and Costa Rica

June 6th, 2009 by sunflowers

We finally have internet in the foyer of our hotel so I am also putting up the videos that I did in Honduras and Costa Rica and my favourite picture from Guatemala and a couple more from Angel Falls.


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Left at Airport

June 5th, 2009 by sunflowers

After having to get up at 5am we got taken to the airport at midday and then watched everyone else leave on flights. Finally at 3pm a plane showed up to take us back. We missed the last bus and had to take a four hour shared taxi listening to super loud music, driving at 140km/hr in a car with no suspension and crammed between the side and another person in the back. I miss my bike but now worried after seeing how they drive while watching music videos.

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South American Machismo

June 4th, 2009 by sunflowers

Our group was very UN and consisted of a Russian, Greek, Romanian, Irish, British, Venezuelan, Japanese, American and a Kiwi but we were still in South America so it was the guys that had to get out and push the boat up the rapids.

After the trek through the jungle to the view point we had a swim at the base of the falls.

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Spot the Frog

June 3rd, 2009 by sunflowers

When we walked behind the falls in Canaima I spotted a frog and when it jumped away and I tried to find another one all I found was a leaf. Also check out the ant that needed a light.

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