Waking up early, Port of Spain, and enjoying our last day in the country!
Today was a very long day. After being on the beach until almost 2:00 am last night, we had to come back and pack our things to be ready to leave at 7:30 this morning. We said goodbye to all our new friends at Suzan’s and then drove from Matura to Port of Spain, Trinidad’s capital.
After arriving at Pax Guest House, a really cool old building that used to be a monastery, we got to relax for a few hours. We sat outside bird watching and reading, then left at noon for a historical bus tour of the city. We got to see several historical sites, including the president’s house and gardens. We ate lunch at a food court at West Mall and had some time to walk around and look at all the shops. Next, we traveled to Fort George, and our loaded bus struggled up several steep hills as we climbed the mountain.
Later in the afternoon we went on a boat ride through Caroni Swamp. There we saw snakes and several species of birds, including the gorgeous scarlet ibis. We left the swamp around 6:30 and traveled back to Pax for an amazing dinner. We finally had plantains! And Scott had his friend Jimmy, a steel pan tuner, play for us at dinner. It was so nice to just sit and enjoy the atmosphere out on the veranda. The view from the guest house is incredible, you can see all of Port of Spain and the surrounding mountains.
We need to wake up extra early again tomorrow to make it to the airport on time, so we better get to bed early. I can’t believe our trip is over, this week really flew by.