A HAPPY NEW YEAR to One and All!

Happy New Year from us both xxx

Happy New Year from us both xxx

………well here we are back in Trinidad again. It feels so familiar now, that we decided to sail during the day and arrive here in the dark…..not something that a Newbie should contemplate!

After a lovely Christmas with Keith and James we set about trying to extend our T&T visas, which ran out on Boxing Day.
Needless to say things didn’t go exactly to plan.
We arrived for our interview on the 30th, to find that our papers had gone missing, so after checking his desk numerous times, the perplexed official eventually set off to find them. Relieved to see him return clutching said papers, we presented all my Dr’s appointment cards as evidence of our needing to extend our visas.
Once he had a full picture of our situation, he wrote a short essay on each of our forms and said we would be granted the extensions……. Phew!! …….. BUT we couldn’t get our passports stamped there and then because the cashier had ‘stayed home’ !! So we were told to return on the 2nd and he would hopefully be in by then.
It seems incredible that a government department cannot function if the cashier decides to take a day off! Thwarted by being unable to pay anyone our £20, we were sent away with instructions to get photocopies made of our passports and all the Dr’s evidence…… apparently they don’t have a photocopier in the Imigration office……… and return on Friday.

Our New Year celebrations were tame in comparison to other years. Despite toasting the New Year in with a Bulgarian friend at 6 o’clock, a Dane at 7 and four Faroese and us at 8 and then the Tobagoan at 12, Marcus can surprisingly remember the whole evening!

Bago's Bar.

Bago’s Bar.

We all went to the Bago’s Beach Bar for a buffet dinner, music, bonfire on the beach and fireworks.

Our Bulgarian representative, Stamen and a merry Marcus.

Our Bulgarian representative, Stamen and a merry Marcus.

Tripping the light fantastic!

Tripping the light fantastic!

Malan and Durita. Two of our Faroe Isles contingent.

Malan and Durita. Two of our Faroe Isles contingent.

The dinner was one course, the music was Christmas Carols whilst we were eating, followed by loud Socca, the bonfire was lit at 11.45 and we all went out on the beach ready for the fireworks, which were actually the fireworks of the 4 star hotel next door!
We had a good evening with good friends, but the bar’s owners are ‘scammers’ and although we accept that things are done differently, we don’t like feeling that we’ve been ripped off…….. At £20 a head we didn’t expect a lot, but not ……..not enough plates for all the people who had paid for tickets, not enough chairs…..some people had to sit on beer crates, no dessert or coffee and fireworks at the expense of the neighbouring hotel!! A nice little earner!
Tomorrow sees us heading into Port of Spain early to attend our visa application interviews. Let’s hope we both get them! On Wednesday I have my follow up appointment with the eye doctor, which will hopefully show nothing untoward and then we will finally be free to leave Trinidad and Tobago and head north up the islands. We have met some great people during our stay here and hopefully we will bump into a lot of them again on our way up The Chain.
We are delighted with the work we had done on the arch, by Mitchell at West Coast Fabricators and the canopy we had made by Socca Sails. We are now able to use the strength of the sun whilst protecting ourselves from it! ……….Luxury!!

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