Sunday, February 22, 2009

The calm before the storm

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A large trailer soon to be converted as a bar or food court to cater one of the many carnival bands, Port of Spain, Trinidad

On the streets of Port of Spain, many street vendors were putting up their tents and arranging a variety of drinks, food menus and snacks for public display as inviting as possible. Some had slept together with their possessions including pots of Pilau protected by a tarpaulin and by the carnival, try to make as much money gods. In other spots such as a body paint outlet, airbrush artists were preparing to casts masqueraders with their inner fantasies as motifs of animals, tonal beauties or street nudes to again push their illusions of themselves in public. Nevertheless, this is the calm before the storm and by tomorrow, clean white walls would have shared the human spirit in mud, paint, oil and temptation. The daybreak bacchanal called J'ouvert..

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