Trinidad and Tobago

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Trinidad and Tobago The beaches here give me a sense of what heaven would be like. As I walk in the pure white sand, I compare it to the white clouds of heaven. While looking out into the water, I cannot tell the where the Caribbean Sea begins and the clear blue sky ends. Continuing to walk along the beach I come across two tall palm trees that grow over each other, creating an arch; that is my gate to heaven. The ebb and flow of the small waves creates a soothing rhythm as I continue to walk the sandy clouds of my heaven. The laughter of the natives along tourists sparkles throughout the beach like I imagine the angels' chat with folks that have passed on. This is my heaven; this is the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
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There are a lot of different travel agencies that provide travel packages that include airfare, hotels, and sometimes even rental cars. But personally, I'd rather do my own work simply because you can find a better deal if you are willing to look for it.
On the February 24th, I landed at Port of Spain in Trinidad. I caught a taxi to my hotel which wasn't more than two miles from the airport. While riding in the taxi, I asked the driver where would be the good place to eat near my hotel. With his Caribbean accent he replied, "Der be a place two er tree blocks from te otel. Ten again dat depends on wat cha like to eat." Though his accent didn't pronounce the letter "h," it was quite understandable. Though English is the country's official language, the people of Trinidad and Tobago are a blend of cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
The island of Trinidad was "discovered" by Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus in 1498. Though the island was first settled by Spain, its control has been shuffled from the British, French, Dutch, and Courlanders, with the Britain gaining final control in 1898; then given its independence on August 31, 1962. The island was a main port for the slave trade throughout these years. Descendants of African slaves and Indian, Chinese, and Portuguese indentured laborers, and immigrants from Syria and Lebanon make up the islands uniquely mixed ethnic culture.
At Par Ma La's Inn, a staff of four awaits my


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