TRINIDAD I TOBAGO – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

A Caribbean Society Meeting of Aesthetic Surgery

A Caribbean Society Meeting of Aesthetic Surgery

Anglikanska crkva Svih svetih-All Saints Anglican Church

Anglikanska crkva Svih svetih-All Saints Anglican Church

Jedan od ekstravagantnih karnevalskih kostima - One of the extravagant carnival costumes

Jedan od ekstravagantnih karnevalskih kostima – One of the extravagant carnival costumes

Jedan od ekstravagantnih karnevalskih kostima-One of the extravagant carnival costumes

Jedan od ekstravagantnih karnevalskih kostima-One of the extravagant carnival costumes

Kancelarija premijera-Office of the Prime Minister

Kancelarija premijera-Office of the Prime Minister

Limeni kalipso orkestar-A brass calypso orchestra

Limeni kalipso orkestar-A brass calypso orchestra

Ministarstvo spoljnih poslova-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministarstvo spoljnih poslova-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Narodni muzej-The National Museum

Narodni muzej-The National Museum

Plaza na Tobagu - A beach in Tobago

Plaza na Tobagu – A beach in Tobago

Plaza na Tobagu-A beach in Tobago

Plaza na Tobagu-A beach in Tobago

Poligon za karnevale u glavnom gradu-A huge open space for carnivals in Port-of-Spain

Poligon za karnevale u glavnom gradu-A huge open space for carnivals in Port-of-Spain

Spomenik palim vojnicima u svetskim ratovima-A monument to soldiers fallen in World Wars

Spomenik palim vojnicima u svetskim ratovima-A monument to soldiers fallen in World Wars

Villas at Stonehaven in Tobago

Villas at Stonehaven in Tobago

Villas at Stonehaven, Tobago

Villas at Stonehaven, Tobago

Zgrada bolnice u glavnom gradu-The General Hospital Port-of-Spain

Zgrada bolnice u glavnom gradu-The General Hospital Port-of-Spain

Zgrada iz kolonijalnog perioda-A building from the colonial times

Zgrada iz kolonijalnog perioda-A building from the colonial times

Utvrdjenje na Tobagu-Tobago fortress

Utvrdjenje na Tobagu-Tobago fortress

Postoji nekoliko zemalja u svetu, obično sačinjenih od dva ostrva, čija oba
imena ulaze u zajedničko ime države. Većinu među njima čine zemlje Karipskih
ostrva, a možda će se i one jednog dana podeliti. Svako ostrvo – svoja
država. Za sada, Trinidad je glavni. To je veće ostrvo od dva ujedinjena, a
i jedno je od najvećih u Karipskom moru. Trinidad je komercijalni, a Tobago
turistički centar. Glavni grad Port of Spain (u prevodu španska luka), ne
pruža neku veliku sigurnost na svakom koraku i ljudi nisu tako nasmejani na
ulicama, kako bi se očekivalo na Karibima. On, ipak, ima jednu tradicionalnu
manifestaciju od nacionalnog značaja, a to je čuvenu karneval u Trinidadu,
kada se svi smeju, provode, igraju, dok ih na kraju ne obuzme trans. Mislim
da je to po značaju drugi karneval posle Rija; cela nacija se priprema za
njega tokom čitave godine, da bi na ogromnom travnatom terenu u centru
grada, veličine nekoliko fudbalskih stadiona, danima defilovale karnevalske
trupe u kostimima nezamislivih razmera, oblika i boja. Upravo je veličina
tih kostima specifičnost ovog karnevala, gde se čak veliki mehanizmi nalaze
ispod pojedinih kostima da bi ih pokrenuli i prošetali kroz masu, koja je
već u transu kalipso muzike, aromatičnog domaćeg ruma i ritma koji nameću
grupe limenih instrumenata.
Stare kuće iz kolonijalnog perioda sada su pretvorene u muzeje, ambasade i
ministarstva i odišu duhom prošlih vremena u kojima su Britanci gospodarili
ovim prostorima i nametnuli svoj stil gradnje. Stanovnici ove zemlje su
zanimljiva indoafrička mešavina, što im daje posebnu lepotu. Zanosne
mulatkinje iz spoja crne i bele rase ubrajaju se u najlepše žene sveta, ali
kada se još umeša i indijska krv, onda ta lepota dobija neku primesu
istočnjačke prefinjenosti i suptilnosti.
Tobago je mnogo manje ostrvo i posvećeno je samo turizmu. Kompleksi vila u
francuskom stilu – kao Villas at Stonehaven, u vrtovima tropskog rastinja,
sa oboda bazena u svakoj vili pružaju nezaboravan pogled na Karipsko more i
zelene pejzaže Tobaga. Vile koje su smeštene na plažama omogućavaju uživanje
u moru i vrhunskim restoranima sa francuskom i kreolskom kuhinjom, ali i u
zabavama na plaži, gde se uzdiže dim sa roštilja na kojima se priprema tek
ulovljena riba. Neobična laguna svetlotirkizne plitke vode, koja je okružena
morem sa svih strana, naziva se najlonski bazen i predstavlja pravu
atrakciju za posetioce.
Moj prijatelj Victor Blackburn, iako mu ime zvuči crno, jedini je je beli,
čak vrlo svetloputi plastični hirurg u regionu. To je prijatan i neformalni
Englez, koji je predsednik Karipskog društva za plastičnu hirurgiju i koji
se setio da u egzotičnom ambijentu Tobaga organizuje opuštene radionice
estetske hirurgije. Ima li bolje inspiracije od prijatnog čavrljanja na
peščanoj plaži ispod palme o kreiranju ženskih kontura?
Nauka o lepoti u samoj lepoti.

Oktobar 2007.
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There are a few countries in the world, usually consisting of two islands,
whose both names are in the official country name. Most of these are
Caribbean islands; perhaps one day they will split into two states – one
island – one country. Yet for now, Trinidad is the main one. It is the
bigger one in this union and at the same time it is one of the largest
islands in the Caribbean Sea. Trinidad is a commercial centre while Tobago
is a tourist centre. The capital city Port of Spain does not actually exude
safety at every step and people are not as smiling as you would expect on a
Caribbean island. Yet there is one traditional event of national
proportions, the famous Carnival in Trinidad, when everyone is laughing,
having a good time, dancing, until they fall into a trance. I reckon that
after Rio’s this is the second most important carnival in the world; the
entire nation prepares for it throughout the year, culminating in a defilé
of carnival troupes in costumes of unimaginable dimensions, shapes and
colours who perform for days on a vast green surface in the centre of the
town, the size of a few football pitches. It is precisely the size of these
costumes that is peculiar where underneath them entire mechanisms are
concealed, helping the costume wearer to move and stoll through the masses
who are already in a trance from calypso music, local aromatic rum and
rhythms dictated by the brass instruments.
Old colonial houses have been turned into museums, embassies and ministries;
they emanate the spirit of olden times when the British ruled here, imposing
their architectural style. This country’s inhabitants are an interesting
Indo-African mixture which endows them with unusual beauty. Lovely mulatto
women of mixed black and white origin are amongst the most beautiful women
in the world, yet when Indian blood gets mixed with it, this beauty acquires
some Eastern refinement and subtlety.
Tobago is much smaller island and deals only with tourism. Villa complexes
built in French style, such as the Villas at Stonehaven, are surrounded by
tropical gardens and from the swimming pool’s edge provide every villa with
an unforgettable view of the Caribbean Sea and the green landscapes of
Tobago.  Villas situated on the beach would give you unlimited enjoyment of
the sea as well as the top class restaurants with French and Creole cuisine;
also beach parties where the smoke is rising from barbecues of freshly
caught fish. An unusual light turquise lagoon has shallow waters and is
surrounded by the sea on all sides; it is called the Nylon pool and is a
veritable attraction for visitors.
My friend Victor Blackburn, even though his name sounds quite black, is the
only white, actually really fair skinned plastic surgeon in this region. He
is a pleasant and informal English guy who is the President of the Caribbean
Association of Plastic Surgeons, and who had the idea to organise informal
aesthetic surgery workshops in the exotic ambiance of Tobago. Is there a
better inspiration for creating female contours than having a pleasant chat
under the palms, on a sandy beach?
The science of beauty surrounded by beauty itself.

October 2007

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