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Traffic stopped leaving pitch lake on our way to devil's woodpile mud volcano. #leightt

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So many hummingbirds to see today. #nofilter #hummingbird #birdsofig #birdsofinstagram #leightt

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#lategram yesterday's visit to Fort George. #mom #christmas #family #touristtime #islandlife #leightt #selfie

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Bake and popcorn chicken. Good way to end the day. #Leightt

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Our ride tonight. #soccer #football #USA #Trinidad #leightt

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Last dive. #scuba #leightt #tobago

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First dive #scuba #tobago #leightt

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Fun afternoon. Sharing @chatterpix and text to speech features on iPads with Elementary staff. #ios #ipad #chatterkids #chatterpix #ioschat #ispslearns @ispsinfo #leightt #accessibility

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Food, Food, and more FOOD!

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Jesse James is a local who runs a private taxi service called Members Only Maxi Taxi. Jesse has an outstanding reputation and is known by everyone in the expat community here in Trinidad. He is the one who picks us up from the Airport when we arrive for the first time. He also runs many tours. A group of us from school went on his Taste Trini Tour. All 9 of us met at the school at 7:30 am on a Saturday and the adventure began. We started in Port of Spain and made our way east to Mayaro. Here is a rough map of our trip.

We stopped multiple times. Most times Jesse jumped out, bought the food, returned to the van and passed out portions. I sat in the co-pilots seat. It became my job to document what we were eating both by name and by picture. I also helped out cutting portions and passing the plate. By lunch we were so full. It was tough to contemplate eating the Roti.  The sites were amazing. It was so interesting to listen to Jesse tell us about Trinidad and the places we were passing …

Just a few of the close to 99 items we sampled today on the Jesse James Food tour. We traveled east to Mayaro and back to Port of Spain. #Leightt #food

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My first meeting at The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club and I won this prize. A pamphlet for International Migratory Bird Day. #Leightt

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Drivers License - The licensing office

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Getting a driver's license in Trinidad is an experience. The school provided us with some information, what to bring, what to study, where to go. The first information we were provided was:

No appointment needed Show up at 7am Bring the fee, our passport, visa and bond (the school has to have a bond for foreign hire teachers)Print and fill out the application and "go to the back buildings and let a Licensing Officer know that you want to sit the test. If you are successful, you will be told to go to the front building and go to the Cashier to pay for the permit. Once you have paid you will be told to go to a little room to the left past the front door. You'll have a wait (not sure how long), they will call your name, go into the smaller room and take your photo and get the permit. The whole process can take 1/2 day to a full day. Remember no sleeveless tops, shorts nor sandals. Take something to read and a bottle of water. No, the Licensing Office does not open on the…

What?!? Licensed drivers! Only 4 hours sitting for no clear reason waiting, but we done. We licensed. Watch out roads. #Leightt

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Beach day with @artshark14 #Leightt

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Fort George #brushstroke #Leightt

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#colores #color #pink #orange #blue #Leightt

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Beautiful morning up at Fort George #Leightt

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Walking to and from school, wildlife abounds. #caiman #iguana #moth #Leightt

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#nofilter Torch Ginger. #Leightt

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The President's is my neighbor

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I live in an area called Diego Martin. It is across the major road from the school and the neighborhood called Westmoorings. The newly elected President lives in my neighborhood. 

Today I was at the home of friends of John and Bridget (my neighbors). There was a rally for the winning party and the president was in the car waving and shaking hands. Just something a little different from home.





Photo walking - and MONKEYS!

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My neighbor and co-worker John and I took a drive around Chaguaramas.
We went to the bamboo cathedral with the intent of seeing monkeys, and ... we did! Red howler monkeys.  We were quite and took lots of pictures. They knew we were there and eventually started throwing mangoes at us. We decided it was time to leave. We didn't want them to start throwing other things.  Here is the album of our pictures.




#nofilter #Leightt #islandlife #imovedtotrinidad #morning

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Hiking is serious business here in Trinidad

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We took a hike today. It was tougher than advertised, but it was pretty amazing. We hiked over a mountain to the beach in Maracas Bay.  It took about 3 hours. Here is the picture album from the day.


Fresh fruit and veg. #Leightt

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Paperwork, Dress code

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Thee is quite a bit of paperwork we need. To get our visas we had to start at the Dr. and get x-rays.
The x-rays and the Dr. had to be located here in Trinidad. Because US doctors don't use stamps. Every official piece of paper here has a stamp. No stamp, no good.

 For our visit to the immigration office we were told to make sure our work permit was in our passport together with the bond document (required by the government. The school had to have proof that it was responsible for us financially). We also needed to walk with a copy of your lease and rent receipt, which we could get from the school accounts office. We needed proof of funds (our appointment letter or first payslip, we could also get this from the school Accounts Department). We needed passport pictures x 2 per person. We needed to make a copy of the bio data page of our passport. We needed to take originals and copies. The copies will go into out immigration file. We needed to be sure we received/asked for the hea…

My first package in my new home is from my Uncle. It's his book. "The Most Dangerous Communist in the United States" @onemarxist -Gary Murrell #Leightt #notlightreading #history #WWII #herbertaptheker #aptheker

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#lines #flag #independence #Leightt

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