Barbados’ Gifts: Sun, Sea, and Holders Performing Arts

Barbados’ Gifts: Sun, Sea, and Holders Performing Arts
If I weren’t blessed to live in Barbados, I’d visit.  I’d visit in late March when I could attend the Holders arts season. This year’s season began March 14, 2009; it runs until April 4. Holders, known as “the West Indies’ premier performing arts event of the year,”...

Cafe Sol & Earthworks Make Beautiful Music Together in St Lawrence Gap

Cafe Sol & Earthworks Make Beautiful Music Together in St Lawrence Gap
Some art is useful, sophisticated yet accessible, and available to anyone who passes by.  The new outside wall at the (very yummy) Mexican restaurant Cafe Sol across the street from where I live in St Lawrence Gap in Barbados is an example of such art. I’ve been watching the progression of work on the...

Seeing Barbados Through the Eyes of Another

Seeing Barbados Through the Eyes of Another
An e-mail from photographer Keith Clarke arrived yesterday and I’m cheeky enough to use this as an excuse to post another of his beautiful photos of Barbados.  In return, he gets this plug.  Ah, I love the quid pro quo of the Internet world. Mr Clarke wrote to tell me where his gorgeous book,...

Barbados, Good Morning from Bob Marley

Barbados, Good Morning from Bob Marley
Thank you, Mr Marley Listen to Bob Marley’s “One Love” 2-09-shame-and-scandal Jamaican Bob Marley is the defacto ambassador of the Caribbean islands.  His image is ubiquitous on every island I’ve visited (t-shirts mostly, but other things as well), his music is played with joy and...

St Lawrence Gap Street Art: Seth

St Lawrence Gap Street Art: Seth
Many of the vendors on St Lawrence Gap have made street-selling their career.  Some have been selling their goods for a good decade or more.  I occasionally find an original and charmingly rough-hewn bauble I just can’t resist. Like Seth’s.  Seth is not only a street vendor. He’s also a...

Calypso Oh Yeah

Calypso Oh Yeah
2-09-shame-and-scandal2 Max Romeo sings “Shame & Scandal.”  If this doesn’t make you smile, then you need a holiday in...

Barbados Crop Over: A Biased Primer – or – Sex & Rock’n’Roll, Caribbean-Style

Barbados Crop Over: A Biased Primer – or – Sex & Rock’n’Roll, Caribbean-Style
My take-aways from Trinidad Carnival: First, the Trini people are as spirited a bunch as exist on this planet.  They’re also talented, friendly, and welcoming. Second, Carnival is primarily for the young – and not just because of the 24/7 adrenalin on tap.  More on this later. Trinidad...

Dining at Lone Star & Cricket Tickets in 12 Easy Steps

Dining at Lone Star & Cricket Tickets in 12 Easy Steps
Barbados: Dining Out Chichi I was so relieved that I wore my expensive designer sunglasses to lunch at The Lone Star yesterday because clearly the clientele there are the type who notice.  I’ve been hanging on the south coast too much where nobody notices or gives a hoot, so I forget sometimes that...

Barbados’ St Lawrence Gap: What’s Wealth Got To Do With It??

Barbados’ St Lawrence Gap: What’s Wealth Got To Do With It??
When I was 29 I moved from Washington, DC, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I lived in Albuquerque for 13 years.  The best thing I can say about Albuquerque is that it’s easy to find a parking spot there. As a city, I didn’t love Albuquerque. But I learned something really important there:  You...

Barbados Red Tape Derails a Moment of Wedded Bliss

Barbados Red Tape Derails a Moment of Wedded Bliss
Wedded bliss, if you don't count the red tape (Yes, I'm barefoot. Fortunately, not pregnant too.) Photo by Brooks LaTouche in Barbados. Picking up our Barbados marriage certificate … Well, um, we anticipate the rest of our married life will go more smoothly. It went like this: The magistrate...

Cricket 2009 in Barbados

Cricket 2009 in Barbados
The only thing I know about cricket is that there’s an advertisement for condoms along Hwy 7 that reads, “It’s your wicket. Protect it.” I’ve tried to understand cricket – honest!  I attended my first game at Barbados’ Kensington Oval in mid-2008 and was fascinated...

Dropping Off the End of the Earth .. aka .. Getting Married

Dropping Off the End of the Earth .. aka .. Getting Married
Running hither and yon and back again to hither, my Bajan guy and I secured a marriage license.  We lined up a magistrate.  Reserved the upstairs of a fabulous seaside restaurant.  Invited our beloved families.  And got hitched. Last Friday. So, no, despite a number of queries from you all, I did not...

Barbados Christmas Catamaran Cruise

Barbados catamaran cruise under the full moon We boarded the privately booked cat at 5:30 at the harbor, sailed into the sunset, had dinner aboard just outside Sandy Lane on the west coast of the island, then (a bit drunkenly) sang Christmas carols on the sail back.  A fabulous evening, much merriment....

Making Out in the Back Seat at Barbados’ Drive-in

Making Out in the Back Seat at Barbados’ Drive-in
Barbados' Drive-In Movie Theater "Australia" Hadn’t been to one since I was a kid in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, where the drive-in movie theater was a place for teens to hang out.  The closest I’ve been to one since is my passionate reading of Joe Bob Briggs‘ drive-in...

Rental Woes in Barbados

Rental Woes in Barbados
St Lawrence Beach Condos #11, "Deja Blue" I love the seaside apartment where I live with my sweetheart so much that we bought a second one that we rent out as a holiday rental property.  Both are in St Lawrence Beach Condos in St Lawrence Gap on the south coast. They sit at the edge of the...

Barbados South Coast Boardwalk

Barbados South Coast Boardwalk
The Caribbean Sea laps up next to Barbados' south coast boardwalk. I couldn’t wait for the construction to be finished to explore the new boardwalk in Barbados a couple of days ago.  It’s gorgeous!  It runs 1.2 kilometer from Rockley Beach to Hastings in Christ Church on the south coast....

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