Sailing on the Ocean's Floor
Our Sister Isle Tobago
Tobago /təˈbeɪɡoʊ/ is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located in the southern Caribbean, northeast of the island of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada. The island lies outside the hurricane belt. According to the earliest English-language source cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, Tobago bore a name that has become the English word tobacco. The national bird of Tobago is the cocrico.
My Trip to Tobago
I was greatly in need of a vacation, seeing that I haven't had one since July 2013 from work. I was and still is awfully tired due to being unwell for the past two years and more. It has taken toll on my physical abilities to do much as I use to before feeling weary or dehydrated.
Anyways I switched jobs in 2013 December and only made a year last December so I got ten days vacation "which really sucks" I am accustom to having 21-28 days even as a contract worker. But I guess you can't have your cake and eat it in this instance. I decided that I will take just five days to give my body a break, Heaven and I knows that my body really needs 365 days rest at the moment. Five days was just a teaser and I left the other five days for later on, perhaps when the government sees it fit to pay me my monies owed to me to go on another adventure away from home or the sister isle.
T & T Express
Trinidad (Spanish: "Trinity") is the larger and more populous of the two major islands and numerous landforms which make up the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The island lies just 11 km (6.8 mi) off the northeastern coast of Venezuela and sits on the continental shelf of South America. Though part of the South American continent, from a socio-economic standpoint it is often referred to as the southernmost island in theCaribbean. With an area of 4,768 km2 (1,841 sq mi) it is also the fifth largest in the West Indies.
Many believe[who?] the original name for the island in the Arawaks' language was "Iëre" which meant "Land of the Humming Bird". Some believe that "Iere" was actually a mispronunciation or corruption by early colonists of the Arawak word "Kairi" which simply means "Island". Christopher Columbus renamed it "La Isla de la Trinidad" ("The Island of the Trinity"), fulfilling a vow he had made before setting out on his third voyage of
Trinidad and Tobago
Continuation of my trip
I live in Trinidad and to get to our sister Isle Tobago it's either by boat or by airplane. The boat takes like 2 1/2 hours - 3 hours and let's hope and pray that it's running on all it's engines else that ride can take twice as much time. Ugh!
The last time I went on an airplane to Tobago it left me traumatized and I am still wondering if I'd ever fly again, with a plane it takes like fifteen minutes. Okay okay let me tell you all what happened that scared the hell out of me and left an everlasting impression. I am a very cluster phobic person and while we were seated in the airplane the AC was very low we tried adjusting it but little or no breeze/air was coming out. I started to panic because a plane is not like a car where you can wind down the glass it's concealed and bolted.
I asked the airhostess if the AC wasn't working well she said it's giving a little trouble and when the plane starts to fly it will build up. I am like are you nuts woman? this shouldn't even be leaving the airport if it isn't working good. People's life are at stake and we can't stop in the air if I am dying. So another person asked her and she said the same thing....
The plane started moving on the run way and eventually it really did build up a little tiny winy bit. Of all days the weather was bad so instead of taking fifteen minutes we took thirty five. The turbulence was scary I literally though the plane was about to fall from the sky the way it was dipping down and rocking at times. Anyways when we arrived at Trinidad and landed, rain was pouring and the pilot shut off the plane so we was stocked inside a concealed no AC piece of iron , dying for fresh air . The airhostess was like normal waiting for the rain to stop while I am like dying , just as I was about to scream out open the darn door and let me out, they did and give us rain coats. My night mare was kind of over , lol.
A Video I took at Sea
My Nephew Jaquan
Pigeon Point Beach Tobago
Parlatuvier Bay Tobago
My First Trip & More
My first time to Tobago was back in 1997 when I was just 9 years old, back in those days we had two snail boats called the NV and the Panorama that took citizens from one island to the next along with cargo etc. That boat took 6-8 hours the WORST ever!! Thank God we upgraded, after we upgraded I went about 8-9 times. I had to take the boat this time for two reasons I was taking my car and I did not want to encounter another no AC plane episode " I can breathe at Sea"
It cost $100 per adult to go back and fort, I do not sit inside for the sail to go or come I stand outside on the deck watching and admiring God's wonderful creation , also it's safer outside where vomiting and feeling upset is concerned you feel the ride a lot more inside "See Saw movements". In this way being outside I get to see the different ships we pass by, the islands, part of Venezuela , the different colors of the waters, fishermen and the sun setting etc......
What Tobago is Like
Tobago has wonderful beaches and the place is very clean and well kept thus the reason for its tourist attraction. There's also a reef there and a nylon pool, Nylon pool is like in the middle of the ocean where you cannot see any land around but yet you're able to come off the boat and stand in the water, such a miracle. I did it once and will never again :) I don't trust the ocean.
I went for about six days to unwind from work and relax etc. My trip was okay, due to not feeling well I did not enjoy myself as I thought I would have. All in all I did enjoy my boat ride going and coming , going to Tobago the sea was a bit rough.....
STORE BAY BEACH TOBAGO
A Poem about my sail
This poem is dedicated to my country Trinidad and Tobago
I am a proud citizen of our paradise.
A ship sets sail on ocean's tide
it drifts and shifts as we pass
under the sky. The atmosphere
is peaceful as we cut through the
raging waters, making white ripples
as we go by.
An island here and island
there cargo ships on there way to the port.
Rigs and oil ships anchored as they drill,
after a while all we see is the ocean perhaps
a fisherman or two but now there's nothing
near by, everything is just out of sight.
When we pass our other boat , Captain
honks horn in acknowledgement the pride and
joy to see other civilians going back home.
I pray them a safe return as well as I.
There are people vomiting all around but
my stomach is strong I won't let it down.
I capture every moment while I can, if she's
moving up too much, seated I must be or overboard
I would be. O' we are almost there, there's an
announcement that we are about to dock, wow
didn't those hours flew by. I am here , we are here
standing on the earth of our sister Isle.
~ Joanna Chandler copyright © 2015
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