From Baltimore, Maryland, USA to Arima, Trinidad

Arima Travel Blog

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Gabriel and Don on the way from Miami to Trinidad.

Today I headed down to Trinidad for the wedding of two friends; the bride was a native-born Trinidadian.  I usually travel alone, and this was my first time traveling with others; it made the trip a lot more enjoyable.  Six of us departed Baltimore, Maryland, USA at 6 am, connected in Miami, then headed down to Trinidad.  By a stroke of good fortune Don, Gabe and I sat all in the same row. 

The plan was for us to meet at the Port of Spain airport with others who had flown down seperately before traveling together to the Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge, located in the mountains of Arima.  We met up with everyone, found our driver and were almost out of the city when he received a call from his dispatcher.  It seems there was a miscommunication and we ended up leaving the bride and groom at the airport!  We turned around and retrieved them, and we were once again on our way.

Dun was so proud of the mango the bride's father gave her from the tree in his yard.

The road to Asa Wright is narrow and winding, which is why we rode with Kalloo’s Transportation, Trinidad and Tobago’s premiere transportation service.  We had a lovely trip that took nearly an hour, and when we came to Asa Wright we were hungry.  We dropped our belongings off in our rooms, and fell upon the tea and pastries the staff had prepared for us with delight. 
Asa Wright’s main house is an elegant English plantation house.  Unlike many Americans I enjoy the ambiance associated with tea time, and I don’t believe I’ve enjoyed any cup of tea more than I did while sitting on Asa Wright’s large, sunny porch looking out over the rainforest.  Around 7 pm a dinner bell sounded and we headed off to the dining room, where we were treated to a delicious buffet style meal.  I’m not sure what I ate that night, but it was scrumptious.

Asa Wright is a mecca for bird watchers, but we weren't the only non-birders present.  A group of British tour agents were in attendance as well.  We met them at the bar on the porch and had a good time talking with them well into the night.  I’m an early riser so I headed off to bed early, but the next day I heard tales of heroic drinking feats by members of both groups.

smilingfunnyatu says:
mmmm.... mangoes. LOL!!! This was a wonderful trip with a great roommate.
Posted on: Jan 17, 2017
es1418 says:
Thanks everyone!
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
HuBison says:
Aww, congrats
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
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Gabriel and Don on the way from Mi…
Gabriel and Don on the way from M…
Dun was so proud of the mango the …
Dun was so proud of the mango the…
The room I shared with Dun in Asa …
The room I shared with Dun in Asa…
The spacious bathroom.  Those armo…
The spacious bathroom. Those arm…
Tea and pastries on the porch.  Ho…
Tea and pastries on the porch. H…
The sitting room.  The porch is of…
The sitting room. The porch is o…
The bar on the porch.  Our group s…
The bar on the porch. Our group …
Talking and bird watching
Talking and bird watching
Indira, one of the great staff mem…
Indira, one of the great staff me…
The hummingbirds were so close tha…
The hummingbirds were so close th…
Enjoying the porch shortly after a…
Enjoying the porch shortly after …
A downwards view from the porch.
A downwards view from the porch.
Looking off the porch to the left.…
Looking off the porch to the left…
Looking straight out from the porc…
Looking straight out from the por…
A panoramic shot of the dining roo…
A panoramic shot of the dining ro…
The dining room had large windows …
The dining room had large windows…
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