Astrid Franchiska Kowlessar's Blog (3)

A TAPESTRY OF VAGRANCY: on madness, creativity and freedom

I remember in senior year of college in Miami I had a friend who visited his then girlfriend in Trinidad. Upon his return he reported “full of stray dogs.” Mind you during this time I had not returned to Trinidad for years, and had quite forgotten about stray dogs and stray humans. So of course I went on the defensive – “there are SO many things to see and do in Trinidad,” I reprimanded, “how could you complain about stray dogs?!” We left it at that.

Fast forward six years after this… Continue

Added by Astrid Franchiska Kowlessar on August 19, 2009 at 7:45am — 13 Comments

Port-of-Spain then and now - is sustainable infrastructure dependent on a people's mindset?

A friend from the US Information Services of Trinidad & Tobago sent these photos of Colonial Trinidad via e-mail. While the photos bring back nostalgia and patriotism, they also bring to my mind questions on sustainable infrastructure and the cultural aspects of such, in Port-of-Spain.

I have heard my elderly relatives say they wish Colonialism never ended in Trinidad. I would of course scoff at this (and still do), but now I understand a bit what they meant. The workable order… Continue

Added by Astrid Franchiska Kowlessar on July 27, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Trinidad’s love affair with music from the 1980s – more to it than meets the ear…

It happens at any party – the house party, the club, the political party, even at church harvests, this return to music from the 1980s.

I left Trinidad as a teenager to live/study/work abroad and never really went back until Valentine’s Day 2006, returning with adult eyes eleven years after. One big experiment, with me being a variable as well! I wouldn’t give away all the juicy details of my re-adjustment (or lack thereof in some cases) to the most southerly isle of the Caribbean,… Continue

Added by Astrid Franchiska Kowlessar on July 23, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments


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