Wednesday, May 04, 2011
This is Food Fair day - when the park in town is closed off, people set up tables and booths, everyone descends on town and buys all kinds of foods and crafts that you can't find any other time of year. The women cook over gas or propane cookers, with giant pots and kettles that look as if they are family heirlooms - and the recipes definitely are handed down from generation to generation!
We run into friends, co-workers, former and current students, parents of students..........on and on. And of course there's the people watching - the Oasis (huge cruise ship) was in town, so there were the tourists wandering around either looking dazed or taking photos of absolutely everything that we consider normal; the families all dressed in one color because either they think it's cute or because it's easier to find the kids; the older people dressed in the traditional madras (shirt for men, women in long madras skirts and head ties, and frilly white blouses); the beauty queens in modernized madras outfits and their winning sashes; the dudes in camouflage, or low-riders, or whatever is currently trendy; the little girls in skin-tight everything; the occasional Muslim woman in robe and head covering - I love the cultural mix of Caribbean and North American and all the transplants like DH and me. Just fascinating to watch everyone, especially the very young children who look so amazed by this mass of humanity!
I managed to put on 3 miles of walking, bought my favorites (shrimp roti, and a small coconut tart), and picked up a chicken paté for the lady who works at the synagogue (who let us park out front, parking is always at a premium during Carnival) - DH munched on various pastries, had a johnny cake filled with some kind of meat (from the winners of the local chef competition).
It was hot and sunny, but that's May in the Caribbean.
Tonight - maybe another visit to the village. Tomorrow - early AM - J'Ouvert, the 5 AM music competition and road march - woohoooo!