Paul and Gayle are taking a year from their roles in Picton and Belleville and will be teaching at the Maple Leaf International School in Trinidad. We will use this blog to record some of our edventures!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Special Guest Blog -- The Benedicts

We have had some visitors for the past couple of days and decided to encourage them to write a "guest post" on our blog.  Enjoy!

By Tracy (Gayle's older sis)  - 3  Benedict's have arrived!  After much (not really that much) convincing by Monique we decided to take the plunge and visit Gayle and Paul during Monique's exam turn around days.  We had a very good flight through the night on Wednesday from Toronto and arrived in Trinidad at 4:30am.  Gayle and Paul picked us up at the airport and while they headed off for a regular work day we headed to bed.  Since then we have had nothing but adventures here in Trinidad.  Its interesting how we are very much the minority here and lots of people look at us and stare at our ghost white faces and legs (winter in Canada will do that to you :).  We have been trying some local food - roti, gyros, shark 'n bake and doubles - all of it yummy so far.  On Friday afternoon I had the privilege of speaking to Gayle's Grade 12 Health Sciences class about my job as a public health nurse in Ontario.  The kids had great questions and gave me some insight into public health in Trinidad.  They were such a polite, attentive, friendly group of kids!  We spent Friday night out "liming" and listening to pan music.  Many pan bands are now practicing for a large competition and we took a maxi (a type of mini taxi bus) with a group of teachers from Gayle and Paul's school and traveled to hear 6 different bands at different locations throughout the city.  Paul took Monique and I to the Maracas beach today where we did some boogie boarding in the very salty Caribbean Sea, bought some souvenirs for Megan, Carly and Lorne at home.  Sadly Laura stayed back home in the apartment with Gayle as she was feeling sick with a fever, head ache etc.
Liming at the Pan Yards!

By Monique - After much convincing Mom we are here! It took a little bit of bribing  It has been nothing but an adventure living in Trinidad with Aunt G and Uncle P. Swimming in the ocean was definitely an adventure and I loved it! The food has been awesome, my favorite being the coconut which fell from a tree while we were swimming at the beach. We brought it back and ate it! Having a little 1 on 1 time with Aunt G as we went on a hike to Edith falls was great too. We got to see monkeys jumping from tree to tree which was definitely something you would never see back in Canada! 10 little monkeys eating and jumping and just staring at us. I love travelling and this would have been a place that I probably would not have visited but we have the best tour guides ever so it makes the experience twice as good!
A Monkey Jumping!!


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