When a person says: “I am travelling” you think of a world trip to exotic places. Not so in T&T, when “ah” Trini says travel, he means taking taxi, maxi, ph or bus. If you are unaccustomed to the world of taxi travel, you need to learn the following communication actions.
1. Index finger pointing in the air with hand in a circular motion means “round de road”, translated to mean around the travel route for that taxi or bus.
2. Index finger and hand pointing to the ground means “short drop”.
3. Index finger and whole arm pointing vigorously to the right means where there is a Y in the road, you are going right and that might take you to Diego Martin as opposed to Carenage.
4. Index finger and whole arm pointing vigorously to the left means where there is a Y in the road, you are going left and that might take you to Carenage as opposed to Diego Martin.
Remember that the taxi driver see any person standing at the side of the road in terms of the fare he can collect, so even if you are jogging he will try to pick you up. Travelling around Trinidad can be fun if you have no deadlines and are dressed appropriately. That means little or no make up, hair gelled to perfection, a willingness to “small up” as the Jamaican’s say and an enthusiasm for rubbing up on the sweaty arm of someone you don’t know.