Simple Pleasures


I’ll be honest — when I come to Trinidad, sometimes I don’t do very much. Sure, I could use my time to go to the Gasparee Caves, or hike El Toucouche mountain, or trek out somewhere to go buy a specific kind of doubles, or whatever. But quite frankly, after the past year, where moving was a way of life and month by month things could change all over again, I am quite happy to just be here, in old familiar territories, to just relax, and enjoy the simple pleasures, such as…

  • Watching the parrots roosting in the tree across the road (see pic above… the kiskedee is NOT impressed)
  • Picking chadon beni from the garden to make smoked herring
  • Counting hummingbirds fluttering around the Barbados Pride flowers
  • Playing with my niece and nephew
  • Watching my favorite shows in English (not Japanese)
  • Gazing at stars at night from my grandmother’s porch
  • Seeing how much has changed and how much has stayed the same
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Drinking coffee in the cool temperature of 6 am, before the sun has come over the mountains
  • Listening to old calypsos on the car radio while driving down the road
  • Talking shit with friends and family

What else do I need?? Not every trip has to have a full itinerary of things to do and places to go. I really am quite content to just… be… here.




4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sigh, sounds almost exactly what I do 🙂 I barely ever leave the house !!!!. Sweet memories !

  2. Jen in Morocco says:

    Oh, my gosh, I love parrots. I would go crazy over a sight like that. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time at home.

  3. Eileen says:

    When I saw the picture, my first thought was of Jen and her parrot.
    So glad you are relaxing and able to just enjoy the moments.
    Miss all of you.
    Eileen, Alaska

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