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Rishi Sankar is a PeopleSoft HRMS Project Manager and Oracle Solution Architect. Over the past 10+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 2 major consulting firms. He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @Rishiray and on Facebook. He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at rishi@rishiray.com
Destination Wedding at San Jose el Viejo in Antigua Guatemala: Rishi & Diane

Destination Wedding at San Jose el Viejo in Antigua Guatemala: Rishi & Diane

Destination Wedding at San Jose el Viejo in Antigua Guatemala: Rishi & Diane Here continues the photo blog for our wedding … I thought I was being a bit self indulgent with my pre-ceremony posting, but I’ve gotten so many positive notes and comments from my readers, so I’m just going with it. It also helps to have some great pictures to post … so here is part 1 of our ceremony at San Jose el Viejo in Antigua, Guatemala. Photography and Film: Julie Comfort : Comfort Studio | Shoes: Amanda King : A Crafty King | Floral: Escensia | ... Read More »

Yet another I Do Guatemala horror story …

Yet another I Do Guatemala horror story …

Over the last year, I’ve gotten many responses and e-mails from brides to be about to my negative “I Do, Guatemala” wedding planner review. A regular business is only as good as the satisfaction of it’s customer … but wedding planners are a bit insulated from this feedback model because it’s a referral business. It also helps when you have a business that has a quasi-monopoly on being a destination wedding planning business to English speaking brides. If you can’t find the links to the first I Do, Guatemala review or my FAQ, here they are I Do, Guatemala review ... Read More »

I Do Guatemala review follow-up : Questions and Answers

I Do Guatemala review follow-up : Questions and Answers

It’s been almost a year since our epic wedding in Antigua, Guatemala. It’s also been almost since our exorcism from the wedding planning outfit of “I Do, Guatemala” … we’re still not over how upset we were with them. Based on the number of e-mail responses from other brides who had WORSE experiences than us … I think enough time has passed and enough responses gathered to ascertain that we were not the only ones who were completely screwed by the lack of planning, preparation and care exhibited by “I Do, Guatemala”. Here’s a sample list of questions from one ... Read More »

Why Brazil will win not World Cup 2014

Why Brazil will win not World Cup 2014

In an ongoing battle about Brazilian ridiculousness, I’m willing to overlook many things Supremely high crime rates in Rio Pollution beyond belief in areas outside the major cities Shocking poverty in many of the favelas, especially for a country purporting to be 1st world! What I cannot overlook is the unsubstantiated and unwavering belief that Brazil will win the FIFA World Cup 2014. After 2 matches, I’ve seen a very unconvincing win over Croatia and draw that Brazil was lucky to have. Make no mistake, in that first game … Croatia, by the middle of the second half, were boring ... Read More »

English football fans should just give up on life …

English football fans should just give up on life …

Many people cheer very, very loudly when the “Three Lions” … now aptly renamed to the “Three Mice” are soundly beaten. I can imagine loud singing of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” or “Ally’s Tartan Army” or “Men Of Harlech” for Irish, Scots and Welsh respectively. As it stands right now, things don’t look too good for the Three Mice.   Even the most diehard, patriotic England supporter must be slightly nervous of the prospect of Roy Hodgson’s men crashing out of the World Cup with defeat to Costa Rica now.  With the Three Mice’s loss, it will be confirmed ... Read More »

Spain crashed out the World Cup … but don’t feel sad for them.

Spain crashed out the World Cup … but don’t feel sad for them.

Spain, the world champions, the double European champions, the team of the decade, are out of the World Cup . The reign of Spain is over because they were plain, uninspired and out-played. With Spain’s shocking exit from the FIFA World Cup 2014, I felt a little sad for them. The Spanish were perennial underachievers in every World Cup, always a “dark horse” or underdog … no one ever gave them the footballing respect they deserved until they won in 2010. However, when I think about the Spanish football team, I don’t feel sad for them because they get to ... Read More »

How do you keep a travel blog running when you’re not travelling?

How do you keep a travel blog running when you’re not travelling?

What happens when you’ve done an epic trip and you’re back? Or you’ve finished your around the world trip, posted amazing stories and pictures and had great stuff to write about every day while you’re travelling. Then you get back “home”, get back into the routine of work, errands and generally moving back into the daily grind, and you can’t motivate yourself to write or put any new content to put into your blog. Well folks … welcome to blogger fatigue or blogger burnout. Most blogs start off as well meaning projects by their writers, but then invariably fall to ... Read More »

Timelapsing Through Trinidad

Timelapsing Through Trinidad

Timelapsing Through Trinidad : Here’s a great timelapse video shot in the island of Trinidad by photographers Kevin Huggins and Anthony Fung. The journey takes you from the beaches, to the cities, to the country side and back to the beaches. It is flawlessly produced and has a powerful soundtrack that enhances the amazing visuals. I’ll quit talking now and let you watch this. I promise, you’ll be amazed. How They Did It WINNER OF MOST ORIGINAL FILM AWARD AT CHRONOS FILM FESTIVAL chronosfilmfestival.com/ For 10 days in August 2011, Anthony and Kevin set out on an “epic” adventure to ... Read More »

Food, drinks and a great night in Mendoza, Argentina

Food, drinks and a great night in Mendoza, Argentina

On my Antarctic odyssey, we Mendoza is one of the best places to visit in the West of Argentina. It’s a vibrant city, renowned for its marvelous art, history and it’s almost impossible to not to have a great night in Mendoza. This land is the most important viticulturist center in south America and houses hundreds of wineries. The city is centered around the Plaza Independencia , with a pedestrian street (Calle Sarmiento) running through the center.  The Plaza Independencia is a huge plaza in downtown Mendoza. It easily covers 3 – 4 large city blocks in a square. There ... Read More »

I miss being the only Trinidadian in Uzbekistan

I miss being the only Trinidadian in Uzbekistan

It’s been about a year since my epic first adventure through Central Asia and specifically being blown away by Uzbekistan as a tourist destination. In a somewhat perverse way, I also miss being a sideshow attraction of being a Trinidadian in Uzbekistan. For instance, when I was walking through the Walled City of Khiva, I subject to many curious glances and a lot of people said “Hi!” …if just to figure out where I was from … since they hadn’t seen a big brown guy before. Everywhere Lev (my Russian guide ) and I walked, people were interested in chatting ... Read More »