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A few schools from my country, Trinidad and Tobago, were invited to Scotland. My sister, Alicia, is a teacher at Blanchisseuse Government Primary School. She and our cousin Shaquan ( the boy in the yellow costume, Gold Like The Sun) were chosen for the trip along with about forty other teachers and students. They came back home today. I can’t wait to see both of them to get all the details. Of course, my sister and I were in constant contact, so I already know they had a great time, and they were well treated in Scotland. Now I need to hear her voice because we were only able to communicate via WhatsApp and Facebook.

My sister is a very dedicated teacher; it was wonderful that she and some of her students had that experience to bond them further. Her students love her, and she and Shaquan are very close. I could only imagine they would be even more like bread and cheese. Later this year when she is hard on him while he is preparing for his SEA exams, he’ll remember all the fun they had and he won’t be mad when she gives him loads of homework.

I am so proud that our children represent our country well.
The costumes you see are traditional costumes that our masqueraders have paraded since the 18th century.

Click on the link to enjoy a video of one of their performances.
They are accompanied by music from our national instrument, the Steelpan. Song – Big People Party by Farmer Nappy.

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Thank you Scotland, for being such wonderful hosts to our teachers and students.
I hope we can return the hospitality soon.