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Barbados Police Enforce Shirt-Tucking

Barbados Police Enforce Shirt-Tucking
In the town in which you live, imagine the police gently but firmly telling schoolkids to tuck their shirts in. It happens here in Barbados and is one reason I love this place. Decorum and deportment matter. Everywhere in the world, citizens decry the increase in crime. This is true here in Barbados as well....

Barbados vs. San Fran. Which is “Third-World”??

Barbados vs. San Fran. Which is “Third-World”??
When I walk through St Lawrence Gap where I live, I often pass by an elderly man who’s blind or nearly so shuffling along. He has his hand out and politely asks passersby for money. (On one occasion I gave him some change and he threw it aside, saying he preferred bills. Um, okay then …)...

In Barbados, YOU Speak English and I Speak English But, “Come Again??”

In Barbados, YOU Speak English and I Speak English But, “Come Again??”
Not the item in question, but there do exist sunglasses as tool/tools as sunglasses. So there! Scene: St Lawrence Beach Condominiums, St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, Barbados When: Two weeks ago Characters: Window installer and me Background info: Barbados has a 99.7% literacy rate, one of the highest in...

We Speak English in Barbados (Although Our Grammar is a Bit Shaky)

We Speak English in Barbados (Although Our Grammar is a Bit Shaky)
Don’t you love English translations of signs in non-English-speaking countries? These, from the Sydney Morning Herald, make me laugh: Mmm, mmm, love that tourist food! Thx for the choice; I think I'll visit the Tourist Center. I'm sure when you've just gotta go, you understand … Even...

Five More Fun Things to Know about Bajans

Five More Fun Things to Know about Bajans
Out of the window of our Caribbean Air flight from Barbados to Jamaica yesterday, I snapped the beautiful coastline of Barbados with my iPhone. This is far north along the east coast, the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. My generalizations about Bajans in Barbados continue … These are, of course,...

Ten Fun Things to Know About Bajans

Ten Fun Things to Know About Bajans
Like all groups of people, Barbadians have a personality and traditions unique to their culture. It’s only 8 a.m. but already I’ve encountered a couple of them. So while I sit here in the Barbados airport awaiting flight to Jamaica with Greg, I’ll share a few with you. 1. Barbadians call...

Ten Businesses I Love (Except for #9)

Ten Businesses I Love (Except for #9)
Gosh, Barbados is wonderful place to be.  Such good-natured souls, a low crime rate, a fabulous climate, beauty all around, and, if not everything, then most of what a city girl like me needs to be comfortable. What Barbados may lack in department and upscale grocery stores it makes up for in creative...

PlanetCaribbean: Ice Cream in St Lucia

PlanetCaribbean: Ice Cream in St Lucia
The Caribbean islands are as different from one another as siblings in a family are. I’m in St Lucia with my husband Greg who’s here on business and I’m loving the jungly landscape, mountainous terrain, and beautiful inlets along the island’s west coast. The people are good-natured...

The Language of Horns in Barbados

The Language of Horns in Barbados
What’s with Barbados drivers and their horns? My first morning ever in Barbados, a car passed I while I was out walking with a friend and sounded a trill from the car horn.  Instinctively I glanced at the car sounding his horn. My Bajan friend didn’t even look up.  He knew the beep was not for...

Name a Barbados Hotel, Condo, or Villa!

Name a Barbados Hotel, Condo, or Villa!
Holiday rental in Barbados So Easy Anyone Can Do It! Simply Choose One Word from Each of the Four Columns Below Barbados                        Sandy                     Scape                    ...

Thank You, Barbados Free Press

Thank You, Barbados Free Press
Well, gosh, hm, thank you, Barbados Free Press blog.  I’m honored by your very notice of my blog.  Many thanks.  I want to address  your comments about my marketing approach. Barbados Free Press: Bajans Share and – Ouch! – Sometimes What They Say Can Sting a Girl My marketing...

No Starbucks in Barbados But We Get By …

No Starbucks in Barbados But We Get By …
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