Photo 1:The Temple in the Sea, in Trinidad
Photo1: Students Swimming in the Argyle Falls in Tobago.
Photo2: Candice Price on a boat to Gasparee Cave in Trinidad.
Submitted by: Candice Price
Today I was a Daredevil! Our class went to Gasparee Cave in Trinidad. We were surrounded by water, and one of my biggest fears was being in a small boat in the middle of the ocean, while the large tides rock the boat back and forth. I kept thinking to myself, “This boat is going to turn over and I’m going to be stuck in the middle of the sea.” I can swim a little, but my endurance is terrible. I overcame my fear and we rode a small boat through the middle of the ocean to get to the island where the cave was located. I was scared but I told myself “I have to do it. I cannot allow my fears to stop me from experiencing the world.” As soon as we reached the cave, we climbed a steep hill. I was almost out of breath, which made me realize how much I need to work out when I get back home. I was glad when we finally reached the cave. It was so beautiful and the water below was gorgeous. The sparkles in the cave reminded me of a fairytale and the bats made the cave interesting too.
Inside the cave I was hot and sweaty; the water below looked so refreshing. But I was still apprehensive about getting in. “What if I drown? Can my feet reach the bottom?” I didn’t want to burden our tour guides. Then all of a sudden one of my classmates decided to be the first to get in with the tour guide, and then others started to jump in. So I decided to get in the water too! I climbed down and eased into the water then started swimming. The tour guide even gave me a few lessons. Before I knew it, I was on my own and swimming. I was so proud of myself. I enjoyed every moment! I didn’t want to get out. I thought to myself, “Look at me doing something I never thought I would ever do in my life.” The ruff boat ride across the ocean and the hike up a steep hill was all worth it. I am so glad I had this opportunity. I would definitely do it again!
Photo 1: The ASU 2014 T and T Global Ambassadors
Photo 2: The Temple in the Sea in Trinidad
Submitted by: Teiara Tyson
Senior Social Work Student
With only one more week left of this trip. I realize how much I have learned. From the rich culture, to the history in the revived cocoa plantations, Trinidad and Tobago has been an interesting experience. Everyday has been a learning experience and thus far I see a change in my peers and myself. Coming from the United State of America, where so much is taken for granted, I have really began to appreciate the little things here in Trinidad and Tobago. The people are so passionate about their country, their culture and their food.
The latest excursions were to the Temple in the Sea and a quick stop to an Indian Museum. Prior to going to the temple I decided to do some research on the history of the Temple in the Sea. The Temple in the Sea is actually a temple constructed by one man, Sewdass Sadhu who fought hard just to have a place to worship. During a time where public temples or acts of Hinduism were illegal in Trinidad, Sadhu went against the government’s authority and displayed his religion publicly. Later Sadhu went to jail and his temple was demolished. In 1994, the temple was rebuilt and restored as a place of worship. A statue of Sewdass Sadhu himself now stands upon the shore. Inside the temple there were beautiful hand crafted and painted figures of Hindu ideals. There was also a view of the Caribbean Sea from the temple.
Afterwards we went to the Indian Caribbean Museum. The museum restricted photography for the purpose of preserving the history. I found that to be interesting that this particular museum respects that history of its culture and find it to be sacred. In the museum was a grand amount of endless stories and acts of triumph by many Indians in Trinidad. Based on the brief dialogue of the worker in the museum, it is safe to say Indians have made a great mark in Trinidad and will continue to do so.
Overall my time here in Trinidad has been a memorable and an experience that I will never forget. As we approach this last week I am sure we will learn more interesting facts. I am looking forward to the next stop which will be Tobago!
Photo2: Students on a boat tour of the Caribbean Sea.
Photo3: ASU Students Swimming in the Caribbean Sea.
Submitted by: Brittany Welch
Senior Social Work Major
Our second stop, Tobago, the second island that makes up the country of T and T! We arrived in Tobago early Friday morning and jumped right into the fun. We rode up the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea sides of the coast of the island, viewing all the scenery that was different from Trinidad. In Tobago, everyone was more laid back and welcoming and it was not as crowded on the streets. Our first stop was a restaurant built into a treehouse called Jemmas on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. I really enjoyed my meal of baked barbecue chicken, salad with a ginger dressing, rice, bread fruit and vegetables. After lunch, we hiked through the rain forest to reach Argyle waterfall. The waterfall itself was very beautiful. As a group, we did go to the top to experience the nature spa, but was not brave enough to jump off in the pool at the bottom. My biggest fear of being in the water was the fish that were swimming so closely to us.
Saturday, we went on a boat tour aboard the “Cool Running’s” that took us on the Caribbean Sea in route to the Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef. The Buccoo Reef is one of the most accessible coral reefs in the Caribbean. It is a protected marine park located a short distance off Pigeon Point and store Bay beaches. The reef has a fascinating, colorful underwater life. Along the route to the nylon pool, we noticed how the ocean changed colors and observed the fish underneath. The Nylon Pool is in the center of the ocean but it is shallow, only about two-three feet. “Imagine swimming in a pool of beautiful, clear waters and becoming five years younger… that is the legend that surrounds Tobago’s famous Nylon Pool. Although the legend itself has not been proven, the pool attracts more than 40,000 people yearly. According to the tour operator, the history of the name stemmed from Princess Margaret’s visit to the pool in 1962. She saw the beauty of the pool and declared it should be renamed the Nylon Pool. (The pool was originally named the Dance Poo)”. We were able to get off the boat and swim, and we were not deterred by the rain. My favorite part is when were able to snorkel not far from the Buccoo Reef . That was the first time I have ever done it and I would like to try it again. While underneath I saw a sting ray, fish, and an octopus. The tour guides said that I had a very good eye because the season that octopus come out is in October. Overall, I enjoyed my experience in both Trinidad and Tobago, and I would like to come back.