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Go Tell It on the Mountain, Part 4 - Brazil, Venezuela and the Caribbean: Mountain-Combing on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.12.2017 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The fourth blog on mountains and volcanoes I've met around the world - not necessarily the most famous or tallest, just beautiful mountain scenery eve...

Tobago, Nirvana for Naturalists: Trotting round Trinidad and Tobago on the Looney Front, Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.18.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

So perhaps there were two revolutions in 1776, the better known declaration of independence by Britain's North American colonies on July 4 - and almos...

Trinidad's La Brea Pitch Lake, The World's Largest: Trotting round Trinidad and Tobago on the Looney Front, Part 2

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.11.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

What does a hummingbird and a tar baby have in common? Well, if you're in Trinidad, the world's largest asphalt lake burst open here, according to i...

The 11 Cheapest Caribbean Destinations to Visit in Winter 2017, Ranked

Oyster | Posted 12.06.2016 | Travel

Every winter, when you get blasted with blistering, freezing winds, you may start fantasizing about a beach getaway. If you are already thinking to yo...

The Magnificent Rain Forests of Trinidad's Northern Mountains: Trotting round Trinidad and Tobago on the Looney Front, Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.04.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

When you think of Trinidad, chances are your mind will conjure up steelpan bands, those wonderfully infectious combos who over the past 70 years have ...

Not Brainwashed by Soca Brainwash.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 10.25.2016 | Miami
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Well yes, folks. I took my fabulous self to Soca Brainwash after deciding that I wasn't going to party much for Miami Carnival. This party was the on...

Lessons And Stuff

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 10.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I believe I am supposed to learn to juggle the jobs I need to have with love for my passion and become adept at balancing both for a good quality of life. I just haven't mastered the balancing yet. I hope I do soon.

#TalkToOtavianoCanuto n.2 -- Canuto And Veronica Ramcharan

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.20.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

This is the second of a series of conversations with brilliant young professionals that I have met. Veronica Ramcharan works at the Central Bank of T...

Re-Percussions! The Steel Drum Beats Goes On to Africa!

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 09.30.2016 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Abbott

Re-Percussions: Our African Odyssey, award-winning Trinidadian film-maker Kim Johnson's contribution to this year's Caribbean Tales International Film...

Life Lesson From The Pan Man

Pavlina Osta | Posted 09.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Pavlina Osta

It's 10 am on a January day that's colder than what I'm used to. Maybe it's because of the ocean breeze that's whipping my hair around my face like ...

From Bangkok to Bordeaux: Interior Design Book of Inson Dubois Wood

Jim Luce | Posted 09.28.2016 | New York
Jim Luce

In the 1960's, Inson Wongsam, a budding artist from a large family in northern Thailand, decided to study in Paris. He set out on a Lambretta scooter,...

A Balanced Life

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Where to start? I have so much to say. Just to recap, I left my job as a nurse in April and went on a journey to follow my passion and see where the ...

Caribbean Delite: A Trini Restaurant

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 06.21.2016 | Taste
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I have been living in America for 20 years, and since I have been in this glorious country, Caribbean Delite has been the place I go to if I want food from home: Trini food. Anything from roti, aloo pie, doubles, bake and shark, pepper sauce, and all the Trini sodas (soft drinks) are there and waiting for your pleasure.


Toni Thorne | Posted 05.09.2016 | Travel
Toni Thorne

GOAT AND CRAB RACING Many non- Tobagonians find the notion of goats and crabs racing to be quite hilarious. However, this is an annual tradition. The ...

Second Guessing

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

The fears come in the morning. Early morning around 6am: here comes the second guessing. The fear of not having, the doubts of never succeeding, of living a life I am not in control of. Of having to go back to work at a job I despise to pay the bills.

Wishing the Naysayers Well

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

This free time I now have has been such a blessing. I am experiencing so many understandings and I am able to free my spirit of such heavy burdens; it's amazing.

Soca and Steel Pan to the World

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.17.2017 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I make no bones about it, I don't try to hide it; in fact, I am obnoxious about it: I love soca music and steel pan, and I want the world to love it t...

#TalkToMe: Role Models

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.07.2017 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

What I learned about my daughter doing this feature was that not only is she smart and intelligent, she is funny and aware of the world's current state, and most importantly she is a thinker.

Wynwood Walls

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.07.2017 | Arts
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

It was spring break for my daughter and as always, I wanted us to do outings that broadened her mind, so this day we decided on the Wynwood Walls Museum.

Caribbean Winer

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 03.08.2017 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

There are some of us who don't care to wine on everything that moves, be it man or woman. Some of us like to dance with folks we know, or find attractive, or we just like to wild out with our girls and don't necessarily enjoy being jammed by sweaty random dudes.

South Beach Food and Wine Festival Y'All

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 03.03.2017 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Today, after wanting to attend forever, finally I was able to attend the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, and what a great time it was. The food w...

Murder at Trinidad Carnival.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 02.17.2017 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

To the tourists visiting with ill preconceived notions, please know that there are several layers to any culture, and there is always an underbelly that is not seen but can be sinister, even deadly.

Party Done.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 02.17.2017 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Trinidad carnival is over.

Where People Don't Have a Lot... But Act Like They Do

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2017 | Travel
Rick Steves

Wandering the streets of Trinidad at night offers a steady stream of memories. Just observing people living well with almost nothing -- like this guy karaoke-singing his heart out all alone -- it occurred to me that in Cuba, people don't have a lot... but they act like they do.

Exploring Trinidad With Julio Muñoz

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2017 | Travel
Rick Steves

In Trinidad, local guide Julio Muñoz is a huge personality. He has his fingers in many pots, everyone in town seems to know him, and he's written up in all the guidebooks. I'm sure he could be mayor if he wanted.