New People, New Places

Beach in Tobago

Beach in Tobago

Hello FYM Readers!

Posing during the Hike in Asa Wright Nature Center

Posing during the Hike in Asa Wright Nature Center

 

As May brings in warm weather and summer fun, I know for a lot of us, the summer also comes with the excitement of new travels!

Family vacations, trips with friends, road trips, whatever! we all love the opportunity to escape for a while. So this month on the blog, the theme will be TRAVELLING!

Going to new places not only opens our eyes to different cultures and experiences, but it also shows us different sides of ourselves. By leaving our little bubbles and comfort zones, we learn about parts of ourselves that have never been tested before. My first opportunity to leave the country was to take a class on queer identity in Trinidad & Tobago. I applied for the class through UMD and went to Trinidad for 2 weeks with 10 other students. Needless to say, getting 3 credits to go to an island is more than ideal. Between class time, we went on field trips around Trinidad & Tobago to experience the people and culture. We visited a mas camp, ate doubles, attended a fete, hiked the rainforest at Asa Wright Nature Center, went downtown, went to Maracas Bay and ate shark and bake, and roamed Tobago.

Port of Spain

Port of Spain

Mas Camp designs for Carnival

Mas Camp designs for Carnival

Two weeks was hardly enough, it was my first time out of the country and away from my family for more than a few days. And aside from meeting other students and learning about the culture, I also learned how independent I could be. In the two weeks I had learned the different areas and figured out the public transit, knowing which maxis to take and which stops to look out for. Even though it was a short trip, I felt as if I was a different person coming home and I can’t wait to travel again.

This month, I’ll be featuring several fellow travelers whose passports are much more filled than mine! We’ll be discussing the countries they’ve visited, how they funded their trips, what they learned and so much more!

Shark and Bake at Maracas Bay

Shark and Bake at Maracas Bay

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