Wow, I didn't realize how close it actually was to South America. It's literally a hop, skip, and jump!
What is the temperature like down there? Any interesting customs you have to make sure you abide by?
Temperature is like any other caribbean country really... hot and humid (70-90F) but also breezy if you're close to the coast... makes it nice to relax outside at night time to pass the time. It's not like suffocating South Florida or Texas heat where you're just punished for being outside, even if you're near a coast.
Trinidad runs on "island time" as we were informed after our 8:00am meeting didn't start until around 8:30. We seemed to be the only ones who thought there was a problem. People genuinely don't care if they're late. They give themselves about a half hour of leeway time to make it places... and it just goes along with the whole island cultural mentality. Things are very relaxed. And if you're the one trying to hold people accountable to schedules, you're definitely the bad guy.
Very nice, very welcoming people. It's an easy trip (around 5 hours from Houston non-stop), which doesn't hurt. Absolutely brutal trying to drive, I wouldn't recommend it. Brit style left lane and people don't really abide by traffic rules. The road systems aren't great even thought it's pretty well developed. That was a huge campaign push apparently in their last round of elections... fixing the roads. Serious wild animal problem, we had a pack of dogs attack our car one night, no joke. Amazing KFC there. Truly. Run completely different than the American model. They know how to do chicken, fries & coleslaw, it's a bit of a diet staple.
It's really not a bad place to work... now if they try to send me to Kurdistan... I might draw the line there.