Today, we officially started our program. We were going to start off by having an introduction to the oceanic environment, have lunch, and then begin the introduction to ocean waves. Unfortunately, our instructor had a death in the family and had to miss the being of the day. We stayed on the university campus and tried to stay cool (the air conditioning in all the rooms was broken). We all struggled with adjusting to the weather. After cooling off in a cafe, we had lunch. I shared the soya with another student, Sarah. It had a soy "meat", red beans, rice, and plantain (a relative of the banana which is eaten cooked). It was all very good. At 1, we began the wave introduction. The instructor made we really excited about our project, because she said what we are doing in ground breaking. It all seemed easier after she explained it. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a food stand and got doubles (a type of sandwich/taco that had chickpeas and chili) and fresh coconuts. It was so cool to watch the man slice open each coconut with his machete. The coconut water and jelly was so delicious.
Besides adjusting to the weather, the thing I am finding to be most difficult is the money. $1 USD is about $6 TT. They use a $ to show the price, so seeing prices on billboard or menus is a little startling at first.