|rach is ok
||[Jul. 24th, 2003|08:28 pm]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
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hi stu, how are you doing? yes the fresh fruit is a bonus and there's this
cafe called 'the hardline vegetarian cafe' round the corner which isn't all
that hardline bc it has fish, but anyway they serve up a great fresh fruit
salad with mango, papaya, pineapple and other yumminess or you can have it
whipped into a smoothie, all for about 50p. was that the longest sentence
in history? now then i must apologise for not writing to you or jane but
life here is pretty hectic and the only time we have internet access is
during the working day... and then only if we manage to heave the woman who
has internet off her computer for a bit. there is an internet cafe but we
rarely get there bc it's out of the way... and at weekends we don't get
anywhere near it. ok you get the picture. i usually manage to write to mum
or dad and greg and that's about it... ANYWAY here i am and there you are.
i think of you a lot and wonder how you're doing in sunny harpenden. it's
raining like crazy in port of spain today - probably more rain than you've
had the whole summer. i hear it's been a scorcher. i have to say i'm quite
a fan of rainy season though, bc it rarely rains the whole day so you know
you're going to get sunshine soon. i like the way it REALLY rains - none of
that drizzle nonsense.
so things are going really well but tamsin and i (she is my fellow intern)
were just saying today that we don't think we could continue at this pace
over the long term. we're visiting a different death row inmate every other
day, and writing the interview up inbetween. it's quite exhausting bc it's
pretty depressing. and you have to listen really intently to get everything
down and not miss any details. i've found it really fascinating work - the
whole experience - but 2 months will be enough for now! i guess that's why
they only have 2 month internships. anyway i'll tell you more about it when
i see you (i get back at beginning of september).
meanwhile we are managing to play quite a bit and have seen lots of trinidad
- it really is a beautiful country and unspoilt by tourism bc everyone heads
straight for tobago, which is gorgeous too. i like trinidad's roughness
the beaches are generally bordered by dense rainforest rather than palm
trees and if it rains while you're in the sea you feel all earthy and alive,
looking back at all that rich green. at least that's how i feel! when mum
came we stayed at that place i sent the postcard from- grand riviere on the
north coast - and that was really natural and wonderful. completely
protected from touristy development. it was amazing seeing those turtles.
mum and i also went to tobago for the weekend, where the beaches are really
varied but there is that whole blue sea, yellow sand and palm trees scene.
we went snorkelling and saw some amazing fish. what else? well we've been
biking, sea-kayaking and generally hanging out with friends we've met here.
we lucked out early on by meeting some lovely people - trinidadian and
english - so we have a nice weekend crowd.
well i must go now bc we're off to prison in half an hour and have to
prepare our questions. just wanted to write back immediately while i have
access to this computer! write soon and love to jane and your folks. will
try to sort that MSM messaging thing out with jane next week. lots of