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Amanda's Travel log

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Apr 23, 2009 08:00 PM Second to last day

Second to last day Today was meant to be my last day at work and I really pumped up, but owing to missing the ferry from Trinidad the last night all plans changed.

The ferry left Port of Spain at 6.30 but it was after ten that we got into Scarborough. I mean the journey usually takes two and a half hours; but today when I need to get to school early it was running late.

So instead of being there at 9am I rolled in at 12pm, as before I arrived I had to stop at the grocery to buy some ice cream and cones, a cake and soft drink for the teachers. I didn’t want to make too much of it, so I thought this would round off my time at the school nicely.

All the work that I’d planned to do went out of the window as they had planned a lunch for me. Funny thing with surprised, I ended up have two, because I ate my lunch before they told me what they had planned. But it was so nice to see the effort that was made. After a grand lunch the children sung some songs, danced and played instruments in my honour. I must admit I felt really special. I was presented with a plaque that included the picture that they took on Tuesday and some presents.

After ice cream we all went home, but because that after noon was taken up with festivities, I will have to go back on Monday to complete my outstanding work. You know what, I really don’t mind as it has been a great experience.

Apr 22, 2009 08:00 PM Nothing all day

Nothing all day I chose to spend the day at home today, which was quite nice. It is amazing as ordinarily I would feel very clastrophobic and need some fresh air, but when you live on an island and you can open the windows and doors to hav the breeze rushing through, it actually feels really nice. Tomorrow is another day!

Apr 21, 2009 08:00 PM Wrapping things up

Wrapping things up Oh no, plans have changed; tomorrow I have to take off so I want to complete the news letter today. I’ve been given the final articles but I’m a little unhappy with some of them. I think I need to take some time to go through them; but just I was about to do that, two students wanted to have a lesson and I just couldn’t refuse. It is so nice when children are keen to learn.

Apr 20, 2009 08:00 PM So many things to do so little time

So many things to do so little time I'm wrapping up things at the school this week. I've got two major projects to complete. I have to complete the July Newsletter and the a few reports.

Today we took a photo of the entire school which will serve as a keepsake. I really feel like I will be missed.

Apr 19, 2009 08:00 PM Let’s go round again!

Let’s go round again! This is the beginning of my last teaching week and I’ve been looking forward to seeing the children again.

Apr 18, 2009 08:00 PM Same ole, same ole

Same ole, same ole Early Sunday morning I decided to watch a bit of tennis and see the finals of the Monte Carlo Masters, but was completely bored after the first set. I know Rafal Nadal is great but it is a foregone conclusion that he is going to win so I need not waste my time watching it.

As I started surfing, I stopped on a local channel which was highlighting the Heads of Government Meeting taking place at the Diplomatic Centre in St Anns, Port of Spain; this is the official residence of the Prime Minister. I watched as PM Manning arrived, I could only wonder if he lives there where did he sleep last night? I also watched as the left handed US President arrived, in the ‘Beast’, from the opposite direction the only head of state to do this.

As far as I’m aware, I believe this will also be the venue where the official photo will be taken as well as the ‘Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain’ will be signed later today, but the news reports suggest that a few nations will not sign it on the grounds of Cuba’s omission. But we will see!

Apr 18, 2009 08:00 PM Back to normalcy

Back to normalcy At twenty to three, the a huge grey, what looked like a military plane, took of from Crown point; as it passed low over my house, I should have been able to read the inscription but couldn’t quite make it out. That was the signal to say that the summit was over. The way I figure it only takes about 10-15 minutes to fly to Trinidad so this could have been the president’s escort….

But from then on quite a few aeroplanes took off, I expect a few tourists were held on the island a few more days than anticipated as I believe no other crafts were allowed to land or take off during the summit.

Apr 17, 2009 08:00 PM Air Force One

Air Force One On Friday night a friend captured a video clip of what he described as ‘Air Force One’ land at Crown Point. I suppose it was probably the aircraft, but to my knowledge it is only Air Force One when the president is on board and we know that he was at the Hyatt for the opening ceremony of the summit. But nonetheless I joked that Michelle was coming over here to top up her tan, but I found out that the spouse of the heads of state was taken to the Wild Fowl Trust and the only man to accompany them was the husband of the Argentinean President, so it probably wasn’t her at all. But isn’t nice to make up theories.

Apr 16, 2009 08:00 PM Fifth Summit of the Americas

Fifth Summit of the Americas I was quite keen to see the opening ceremony of the summit, although I’m not really sure why. But as I watched from my living room I was impressed. It felt a bit like a scaled down version of the Olympics, I mean really scaled down. But nonetheless, the cultural display was great; as they charted the birth of a nation and influences on the culture of TNT. If it is one thing Trinidadians know how to do and that is to organise a party and have a good time.

The summit was opened by the President of Argentina, followed by the President of Nicaragua whom the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago referred to as ‘Daniel My Brother’ – I’m sure this was a reference to the Elton John song. He also mentioned that he had to wait in the airport for three hours, but I suppose this is just because there is a pecking order for the dignitaries. He went on forever, kind of soap boxing, but he did raise two key issues; one I didn’t even know was an issue (colonial ownership of Puerto Rico) and the other was off course very topical – the exclusion of Cuba from the summit and the western hemisphere nations.

This was followed by Dean Barrow the President of Belize; as a traveller who wanted to go to Belize I shouldn’t say that I was surprised that he spoke fluent English and the country is at least bilingual – see how much I know. He is also the Chairman of Caricom which is the Caribbean Community and organisation of that is some 36 years old and the oldest of its kind in the region. This was followed by the US President who said that ‘we should not dwell on the past’ and more or less preached of a new beginning and building better relations; and in closing Patrick Manning spoke on behalf of TNT. He tried to be funny, which only seemed funny to the locals in the audience and what I presumed wasn’t that funny at all but was obviously lost in translation.

The 34 member states are here to discuss – Securing our Citizens’ future by promoting human prosperity, energy security and environmental sustainability, but the biggest take-aways from the opening 5 leader’s comments was discussing the global economic financial situation and global warming.

The main talks start tomorrow morning!

Apr 16, 2009 08:00 PM This here town is a Ghost Town!

This here town is a Ghost Town! The reports coming out of Port of Spain is that the streets are deserted. All the shops opened but there just wasn’t anyone there to buy so by lunch time most of them closed up shop for the day. I suspect the same will occur until the end of the summit. But at the Hyatt Regency it is an incredible hive of activity, with Heads of States arriving in since mid day. The international security teams sprang into action from the time the aeroplanes landed but the local defence force just looked lost. What excitement on this tiny island!

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