Hello all! Thank you for being patient while I worked on the blog! Today I have a brand new blog post reflecting on my recent trip! Many people say that traveling abroad completely changed their lives. I cannot say the same. I grew up with parents originally from two separate countries who would always discuss their life experiences/struggles. Staying in my mother’s home country, just provided me with some first-hand experience.
For five weeks, I lived in the country and experienced poverty; how we, it was not difficult to adjust to as I thought. Visiting my Mom’s family in Trinidad, made me incredibly grateful for these three small things. Keep reading to find out what!
This may seem shallow for those of us in the first-world; however, I am ever so grateful for food now. Before coming to Trinidad I knew what it was like to be hungry, but now I got to experience that from another standpoint, by seeing how some people struggle to put food on the table. I also really appreciated spicy food. Everything there was spicy, everything, and I loved it! It was absolutely nostalgic for me!
Prior to this trip, I was already grateful to have a little vehicle, because before I had to take public transportation everywhere. My gratitude has doubled after experiencing public transport in Trinidad.
Having to take a taxi to the junction, then a bus to the city. It was exhausting, especially since the maxis like to blast American rap music, not to mention the roads are full of holes. Back home, I can just hop in the car and drive ten minutes to the grocery or the farmers market. In Trinidad the places were a good distance from home.
Running water (unless you don’t pay your bill) is such a luxury. While staying in Trinidad, the water was cut of twice (only a week apart too!). Luckily, houses there all have water tanks. Buckets and scoops became my best friend!