Type A in Barbados

Type A in Barbados
You can take the girl out of a Type A culture but can the Type A ever, ever be vanquished from the girl? After living in Barbados for three years, I wonder. I’m not one iota more mellow than I ever was. Fortunately, here in Barbados I am blessed with frequent reminders of the beauty of living life less...

Almost a Bajan

Almost a Bajan
Recently I received a letter from Barbados’ Immigration and Passport Department that reads in boldfaced type – underlined – all in caps – NOTICE OF APPROVAL OF STATUS. I am an American. I married Greg, a Barbadian citizen, two years ago and applied for citizenship six months ago. ...

Barbados Friendships & Departures

Barbados Friendships & Departures
If you could leave your current life behind for three years to live in Barbados, what do you think you’d treasure most about being on a paradise Caribbean island? The slower pace, smaller scale, and easier lifestyle? The warmth of the sun? The music of the waves and gentle wind in the palms as you sip...

Bad Berries in Barbados? Doesn’t Matter

Bad Berries in Barbados? Doesn’t Matter
Are you familiar with the TV show that aired in the early ’90s called Northern Exposure? It’s about a New York Jewish doctor who is forced to be a physician in Cicely, Alaska, for four years. His culture shock includes moose wandering the streets, coping with a landlord who might or might not...

In Barbados, Say “What????” If You Love Me.

In Barbados, Say “What????” If You Love Me.
Greg and I are a happy couple here in Barbados. We laugh, we play, we talk (and usually communicate). We swim almost every morning and almost every evening in the brilliant blue, very warm Caribbean Sea that is our backyard here at the St Lawrence Beach Condos. And that’s what I blame some of our...

Going to the Movies in Barbados is Not Without Risk

Going to the Movies in Barbados is Not Without Risk
Greg and I thought we’d take in a movie last Sunday.  The Social Network was playing; I was impressed it had reached Barbados just 2 weeks after its opening in the States. We arrived at the movie theater precisely at 3:15, the scheduled start time. By the time we bought popcorn and sodas, we thought...

Things I Thought I’d Never Tolerate for a Second .. in Barbados

Things I Thought I’d Never Tolerate for a Second .. in Barbados
Good morning!  Such a lazy girl I am, husband Greg at Westmoreland playing golf and me lying in bed after a lovely morning solo swim in the sea .. my bedroom windows are flung open wide, warm breeze wafting through. How I adore the rhythmic sound of the gentle waves kissing our little beach! My room with a...

In Barbados, Brush Your Teeth — Quick!!

In Barbados, Brush Your Teeth — Quick!!
I awake this morning a couple hours after my early-bird husband Greg. I check the sea as I always do. The sea is full and it is raining. The usual serenity of the water has devolved to major upset with waves crashing. I stumble into the kitchen, put two Weatabix in a bowl, pour milk on top, and sit down to...

Come, Take a Ride With Me in Barbados! (Video)

Come, Take a Ride With Me in Barbados! (Video)
Barbados driving can be a challenge for a North American like me who’s not used to driving on the “wrong” side of the road. Add a gear shift and the uninitiated has got double-trouble.  And then there is the problem of road signs – or lack thereof – to help navigate.  And...

Barbados Sea Swim: No Adult Supervision!

Barbados Sea Swim: No Adult Supervision!
I grew up in land-locked Colorado and more recently hail from San Francisco, where beach-walking in lieu of -swimming is the norm. I moved to Barbados – St Lawrence Gap, on the beach — in January ’08 and was fascinated by the Caribbean Sea right outside. I was also fearful of it. Each morning I...

“Left at the Coconut Tree” in Barbados

“Left at the Coconut Tree” in Barbados
Getting around the 14- by 21-mile island of Barbados by car should be easy but it’s not. At least for me. Never mind the whole driving-on-the-other-side-of-the-road thing; I’m talking basic things like Directions (convoluted). Signs (Signs? What signs?). Roads (anyone ever thought of drawing a...

Doing Nothing in Barbados

Doing Nothing in Barbados
Barbados is a fabulous place to do absolutely nothing. I admire the guests in our Barbados vacation rentals on the beach in St Lawrence Gap who lie in the sun all day, breaking occasionally to cool down with a swim in the sea or pool, then going to dinner at night.  Such exquisite rest and leisure …....

Getting Barbados Citizenship: Neither Easy Nor Quick

Getting Barbados Citizenship: Neither Easy Nor Quick
Despite being married to a Barbadian citizen, I am not allowed to spend more time in Barbados than a tourist: 30 days. The immigration officials at the Barbados airport check their computer screen each time I enter. They can see how often I visit Barbados (their term; I call it living here) and whether...

Beneath the Brightest Star in Barbados

Beneath the Brightest Star in Barbados
On Sunday, the Anglican and Catholic churches of Barbados will be full of women dressed to the nines, men in suits, and children showing off their new shoes. It’s beautiful. I live next door to an Anglican church but witness Easter in Barbados as an outsider. Even as a child, raised with no religion,...

I Need a Facelift … But It’s PlanetBarbados That Got One

I Need a Facelift … But It’s PlanetBarbados That Got One
You remember when you first became an adult and started accumulating adult papers: deed to your car, bank statements, tax forms …. that sort of thing? Well, when you first start gathering these things you don’t really need a filing system because you have so few items. Just stashing them all in...

Hot Monkey Luv in Barbados

Hot Monkey Luv in Barbados
A monkey I met last week in Sandy Lane. Happy to pose for me, but no more; I just don't have the charisma my friend Sharon has. Barbadians see a monkey and roll their eyes; they know their furry brethren can be a nuisance. A Yank like me sees a monkey scurrying around so adorably and thinks it’s...

Barbados: Six Things I Wish I’d Known Before Moving Here

Barbados: Six Things I Wish I’d Known Before Moving Here
Are you cold, wet, miserable? Do you feel as though winter will never end? Please don't despair, my chilly friends. What you see here – my Barbados holiday rental apartment – is just a flight away! (I took this photo yesterday … January 5, one of the coldest winters our friends up...

Unnatural Habitat: Barbadians in NY in Winter

Unnatural Habitat: Barbadians in NY in Winter
The sweet folks who exchanged homes with Greg and me over Christmas. While they wore swimsuits, we wore woolens in New York (it was wonderful for both...

Barbados for Manhattan Home Exchange (What were we thinking??)

Barbados for Manhattan Home Exchange (What were we thinking??)
Would the quintessential New Yorker like Barbados? She'd rawther love it, of course! For a Yank-cum-Barbados girl suffering lack of Christmas spirit, it seemed like a great idea: Exchange our apartment in Barbados with another couple’s apartment in Manhattan. The switch took place on Christmas...

Welcome to My Sun Room in Barbados

Welcome to My Sun Room in Barbados
Our new Barbados sun room was a project a bit quirky in the execution but sublime in its completion. First, some background: Greg and I live in the St Lawrence Beach Condominiums where all 17 condos face the stunning blue Caribbean Sea. Each has a private outdoor patio overlooking the sea. Most are rented...

Passing the Pawpaw Test at the Delish Hilton Breakfast Buffet

Passing the Pawpaw Test at the Delish Hilton Breakfast Buffet
The pawpaw/papaya test. (This photo is from a wonderful site called Happy Earth; click on photo to go there.) Yesterday, I loaded a dinner-sized plate with fresh fruit at the Barbados Hilton breakfast buffet. A gentleman behind me examined the large bowl of brilliant orange chunks of fruit in the buffet,...

Who Stole the Jill Walker Prints Off My Wall??

Who Stole the Jill Walker Prints Off My Wall??
This is a story about Jill Walker’s beautiful artwork disappearing from and then reappearing in my life. A thief with good taste: One of two Jill Walker framed prints that were taken from my Barbados rental apartment. The Heist Renting out the pretty apartment Greg and I own to folks who travel to...

Thanksgiving in the Tropics … Suntanned Turkeys

Thanksgiving in the Tropics … Suntanned Turkeys
A Caribbean turkey … I slept in this morning. When I awoke, Greg was dressed and heading out the door for his office.  “But it’s Thanksgiving!” I called out after him. Except that here in Barbados it’s just another fourth Thursday of another November.  So while Bajans go...

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...

The Zen of Blogging About Barbados, Or, Why Do You Care?

The Zen of Blogging About Barbados, Or, Why Do You Care?
You Barbadophiles have had me scratching my head for awhile now. Your comments on recent blog posts  … Your comments are not just kind but generous; you demonstrate a generosity we normally reserve for dear friends. You freely give affirmation, kindness, and personal insights. To me, a stranger. You...

A Spiritual Awakening in Barbados

A Spiritual Awakening in Barbados
Every once in awhile we are graced with a precious few moments in which our every earthly desire and emotional need are fed. Falling in love offers such moments. So do spiritual insights. Such moments can’t be planned because they are given when we’re not looking. They never come when we expect...

Life Gets in the Way of My Love Affair With Barbados

Life Gets in the Way of My Love Affair With Barbados
So happy to be home in Barbados Passion rules my life. Every job I’ve had is one I actually wanted and enjoyed. I have never worked for money; earning money has been a consequence of a passion. I learned my need for passion early in life. After graduating from college, my closest friend took a job for...

Je Suis Une Americaine-Barbadian en Paris; A Bientot!

Je Suis Une Americaine-Barbadian en Paris; A Bientot!
Hello, Barbadophiles, A couple of weeks ago, when I stopped posting regularly, I didn’t forget to mention I’d be going on holiday.  I had simply deluded myself into believing I’d be able to continue to post even while traveling.  But that proved too difficult, with iffy internet...

Waterfront Cafe’s Big Spender

Waterfront Cafe’s Big Spender
The food at Barbados' Waterfront Cafe is one of the best-kept secrets in Barbados: Known for its wonderful jazz nights, it deserves as much recognition for its food. Waterfront has become one of my favorite places to lunch with friends. When you’re in Barbados, please eat at Waterfront Cafe....

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...

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