|LETTER from Heidi & Eivind_______CARNIVAL (25.03.2006)
CARNIVAL AT TRINIDAD
After a short trip from Tobago , with downwind sailing, and the current 2 knots from behind, we arrived Chaguaramas, Trinidad .. Bjørnar and Peder (soon 4 years), embarked at Tobago . One day with bathing and a lovely reunion with “Snorre” and Maggen and Helge, were all they got before Snorre sailed north, and we headed for Trinidad . We were ready for Carnival at Trinidad .
Vanvara and Don't Worry were already at moorings in Chaguaramas when we got there. Even though it was several days until the Carnival start, it was not much room for us to anchor. A changing current and terrible anchor bottom, forced us to keep a good distance to others. Even with the wind steady from east, the boats often were spread out with the bow in all directions.
A simple Carnival costume has a cost of 1.500 NOK and up. The big Queen and King costumes you can't buy, but they have a production coast of 100.000 NOK or more. Carnival at Trinindad is ”big business”. The planning of next years Carnival already starts a few weeks after this years Carnival. The production of the costumes and so, starts half a year in advance. We also visited three different “Pan Yards” in Port of Spain . A “Pan Yard” is a training area for the Steel Band Orchestra, and they are open to the public- The Steel Bands vried from some more than 20 to over 100 participants. We were really fascinated of the rhythm and movement of the players, and of the sound from the steel drums.
Anne and Jørgen from Vanvara, and Elisabeth and Anders from Don't Worry, and Bjørnar from Empire, had a short break before the “J'ouvert”. At 0230 they were picked up at Chaguaramas again. The “J'ouvert” starts 0400. J'ouvert is marking the start of the real Carnival. The “J'ouvert”, or “Dirty Mas” is a party, starting at 0400, lasting until noon or longer the next day. All participants paint each other with paint and mud, while parading through the streets of Port of Spain . And it of course includes good drinking, dance and loud music.
The security problem of Trinidad is a big issue. Girls should not go shopping alone, for instance. One day the female part of the crew of Vanvara, Don't Worry and Empire went shopping, with Bjørnar as bodyguard. It feels safe to be around here, but there is no reason to take unnecessary risks. The girls had no problem hiring Bjørnar as a bodyguard. They just tempted him with fresh boat-baked whole wheat bread. The girls ended the night onboard Empire, with solving world problems until the early hours.
Bjørnar left us after the Carnival, but he will be back at the end of April. Together with Vanvara we headed of from Chaguaramas, setting the bow towards Los Testigos and Isla de Margarita , Venezuela .
|Eivind had to examine the submarine-things thourougly, of course...||
Jørgen in one of many vehicles at the Military Museum.