Caribbean

Roti Ranking Scale Version 1.0

I am by no means, a mathematical whiz or statistician but I figured in starting to review Roti and Doubles, one should have an objective way of measuring apples to apples. No two rotis are ever the same, even from the same vendor, since the “Roti Taste Ranking” (RTR) or Roti Ranking depends on a number of factors. For instance, …

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At the Bitter End …

One of the things I love about the Virgin Islands is the actual names of the individual islands and places themselves. A listing of names, definitely make you wonder what was going on, when they named the islands. Some of the island/bay names are listed below: Mosquito Island Ginger Island Beef Island Sandy spit Dog Island Handsome  Bay Dig a …

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A Macco in Leverick Bay …

People in the Virgin Islands must be overly friendly or must be some “big macco”. In Trini parlance, being a “big macco” means that you’re overly nosy. Everywhere I went, people would ask me where I was from … now this happens to my friend who lives in the BVI also. I have no problem with friendly people, but when …

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Hey Virgin Islands … my bad!

When leaving Tortola by ferry to St Thomas, one has another number of things to be aware of. Be aware of the usual complete Island disorganization, lack of adequate signage and the general customer service skills associated with a jackass, donkey or alpaca. Customer service in the islands (any god damn island in the West Indies) only operates at three …

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Brekkie at Little Dix

Almost everyone has heard of Little Dix Bay of Virgin Gorda, known in some circles as “the world’s most famous beach resort”.  It was by Laurence Rockefeller as an exclusive, secluded retreat for honeymooners and America’s “rich and famous”.  You know anything with the Rockefeller name has to be a bit posh. His original design included 50 no-frills bungalows privately spaced along …

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Virgin Gorda trip madness

Coming to the Virgin Islands always seems to be an adventure into madness. Getting here from Chicago is not the most convenient week trip I’ve ever done, in fact it’s one of the most circuitous, since the routing involves the following St. Charles, IL to Chicago O’Hare airport Chicago to Miami – and staying overnight for 8 hours Miami to …

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Saturday cricket in Barrackpore

As much as I love cricket, I never had the chance to play village cricket in Trinidad. The only time I was in Barrackpore was going to see Ria Maharaj at Princes Town. The things that a young man will go through just to see a girl … young and dumb! The only problem with village cricket is that the …

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