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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
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 »

10 Things Every First-Time Visitor To Las Vegas Should Know

10 Things Every First-Time Visitor To Las Vegas Should Know

A couple years ago, I wrote a post on “9 things that Vegas is not” … it was geared toward to the first timer in Vegas. When you get to Vegas for the first time, when you’ve never walked the Strip, taken a ride on the New York New York roller coaster, or even gambled; it’s a lot to take in. It’s impossible not to have fun in Sin City, but there were quite a few things I didn’t realize about Vegas until I went. Here’s 10 Things Every First-Time Visitor To Las Vegas Should Know: You can’t walk everywhere ... Read More »

Some days I hate travel but here’s why I still do it.

Some days I hate travel but here’s why I still do it.

Outside the hotel here at 2am, it’s an all too familiar feeling; freezing cold, darkness. It’s these types of days, that I hate to travel. Don’t get me wrong … hate is a very strong word and I know that I’ve been blessed beyond belief to be able to see what I’ve seen across the planet. Every time I jump on a plane, it’s a bit thrilling; a bit suicidal; and a bit empty … all at the same time, and it comes together once you’ve landed. You get off the plane, hop in that taxi, hit the hotel and ... Read More »

16 quick questions for a Trini Traveller…and more than 16 answers

16 quick questions for a Trini Traveller…and more than 16 answers

It’s Carnival Tuesday 2014 in Trinidad. I have a dose of the Carnival tabanca …so here’s 16 questions for a Trini Traveller that I’ve gotten over the last couple months on my facebook page or via email. Where do I live? Toronto but I pretend to live in Trinidad or Prince Edward Island. First travel memory? Touching down in Trinidad for the first time. I still remember the plane ride and smell of Piarco Airport in 1981 as a child. On my iPod/iPad when I travel … ? I’m playing Infinity Blade 3 and listening to 2013 and 2014 soca ... Read More »

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

Hello Trini Travellers … I’ve not posted a lot since my Antarctica trip because I’ve been ridiculously busy catching my breath from the last year. When one takes time for anything, you gain a bit of perspective, no matter what is going in your life. Normally, I’d be posting about some travel adventure or a plan for adventure, but I’ve always lived by a few principles … the following article (“10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon”) copied completely from the “Marc and Angel Hack Life” blog couldn’t have captured my way of thinking any better – they’re much ... Read More »

Domaine Bousquet Winery Tour in Mendoza, Argentina

Domaine Bousquet Winery Tour in Mendoza, Argentina

*Disclaimer … I don’t know anything about wine … I’m Trinidadian. If a Trini says they know anything about wine … they’re either lying, have a wife/husband/nennen not from Trinidad or did I mention lying?* Now that we got that out of the way … the only thing to do in the day time in Mendoza, Argentina … is drink wine at wineries. Mendoza is a beautiful city located in the “hinterlands” of Western Argentina. For those from the Caribbean … it’s not close and you cannot really drive from Buenos Aires to Mendoza unless you have about 12 years ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #24 : Crushing Buffets in Manila

Wednesday Photo Nights #24 : Crushing Buffets in Manila

When you’re travelling around the planet, you’re bound to see some amazing food emporiums. That being said, I’ve seen nowhere else in the world that offers consistently amazing hotel buffets like those found in Manila, Philippines. Spiral at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Circles at Makati Shangri-La Talipapa Fish Market If you’re looking for an exhaustive list of buffets in Manila … here you go Hotel Restaurant Buffets in Manila Acaci at the Acacia Hotel Basix, Benjarong, Tosca, UMU – Crossover Brunch at Dusit Thani Café Asie at the Bellevue Cafe Eight at the Crimson Hotel Cafe Felisa at the Aloha ... Read More »

How was the food in Antarctica? Sea Explorer Food Review.

How was the food in Antarctica? Sea Explorer Food Review.

When you choose a trip to Antarctica, you’re going for the experience of being at the bottom of the world. The pictures, videos and actually being there is also pretty awesome. All those factors included … the most popular questions I’ve been asked since I came back from the ship … How was the food on the ship? How was the food in Antarctica? These are pretty straightforward questions, given that you’re on a ship for 6-8 days. You should know how the food is going to be and in the end, my opinion of the food was very, very ... Read More »

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