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Od kiedy mamy samochód, staramy sie codziennie rano cos zwiedzić, co powinno w efekcie pozwolić na obejrzenie całej wyspy, która jest całkiem malutka. Dzieki temu widzimy, jak wyglada życie poza enklawą luksusu. Na wschodzie chłopaki piją piwko z rumem na przemian, grają w domino, pewnie podpalają jakieś jointy i tyle. Na rogu pan sprzedaje kokosy z taczki i trzcinę cukrową do rzucia. W tle leci reggae. Fale uderzają o brzeg. W środku wyspy uprawia sie jeszcze trzcine cukrowa - historyczne bogactwo - na rum i na cukier. Zwiedzaliśmy taką cukrową hacjendę - b. przyjemnie i bogato. Zresztą sama Sandy Lane też była kiedyś plantacją, a uprawa trzciny spowodowała konieczność sprowadzenia niewolników, którzy po uwolnieniu nie mieli specjalnych szansa na inną karierę i w zamian za głodowe stawki wracali do pracy na polu. W środku wyspy mieszkają ... read more
małe rączki sięgają po frytki breadfruitowe
Parrot fish z marketu
Lokalne bananki


Dziś na plaży była Rihanna. Barbadoskie dobro narodowe. Muszę powiedzieć, że bez tych wampowskich ciuchów i makijażu rodem z ghetto pornosa, to nawet ładna dziewczyna. Jak pytałam lokalnych na wschodnim wybrzeżu, gdzie nie ma drogich hoteli, tylko duża fala, surf i rum, co o niej myślą, to uśmiechnęli się tylko pod nosem. Mówią, że była zwykłą piosenkarką pop, aż przyjechal któregoś pięknego dnia wszechmocny JayZ i ja "odkrył". Dzięki tej Rihannie, zobaczyłam też - to chyba było ciekawsze - najprawdziwszego paparazzo, który chował się pod ręcznikiem, spod którego wystawiała tylko metrowej długości tuba obiektywu.Najśmieszniejsze, że zabieg ten był całkim bez sensu, bo możn było spokojnie bliżej podejść. Ale może takie zdjęcia z ukrycia lepiej się sprzedają? Inna rzecz, że ręcznik paparazzo był niebieski i za bardzo go na piasku nie krył. Kamuflaża nie mógł założyć, bo ... read more


Jeszcze do niedawna na wakacjach najbardziej lubiłam czytać i pisać, a teraz najbardziej lubię przez kilkanaście sekund nic nie robić. Stąd przerwa w blogach. Sama jednak widzę, o ile więcej dowiadywałam się o danym miejscu, gdy chciałam je opisać; podczas gdy teraz po raz 20 przeglądam Lonely Planet i nic nie zostaje mi w głowie, więc szkoda mi tej całej wiedzy, której nie zdobywam nie pisząc bloga i informacji, które zapomnę, gdy ich nie spiszę. Dlatego będzie kilka słów o Barbadosie widzianym z perspektywy przeluksusowego hotelu Sandy Lane, gdzie pracuje M.,który nas gości oraz z perspektywy żółtego autobusu, który mknie rozpędzony beatem dancehallu i rumem Gay Mountain wioząc Barbadoszczan z jednej osady do drugiej, bo miasto jako tako z prawdziwego zdarzenia jest na wyspie tylko jedno - stolica: Bridgetown. Nasz przyjaciel B.,z którego powodu tu sie ... read more
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Geo: 13.11, -59.61Having finished with Brazil, we're heading for home with a couple of Caribbean stops on the way. First up is Barbados, formerly a British colony and currently one of the more popular island stops (particularly for those overpaid types whose sole contribution to world peace is bouncing a ball or singing a song)- the islands' most recent claim to fame was the hosting of the Tiger Woods wedding. We turned Don T loose on a chatty cab driver/tour guide and he beat him down to a reasonable all day fare for the four of us and a couple of other new friends. Not having seen any monkeys since Sri Lanka (with the exception of few hairy dress-wearing gorillas in Salvador) our first stop had to be the Green Monkeys of Barbados (apparently in a ... read more
Our Pirate Ship
Ocean View
Former Slave Home

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown December 29th 2012

Well, actually it was a blue ticket, but I was just as excited to get it. The father of a lady I know in Barbados owns race horses, and one of his colts, a two year old maiden named Stratford’s Lad was scheduled to race at the Garrison on Boxing Day. (By the way, in the context of horse racing, “maiden” refers to a horse that has yet to win a race. It has nothing to do with the animal’s gender.) A couple of days before the race, my friend pulls me aside and asks if I am still planning on going to the races. “You bet” I replied, “wouldn’t miss it.” She then hands me an Owners’ Guest pass which not only allows me entry into the grandstand, but also into the Owners and Trainers ... read more
Rahy Stormello
Lady Quill
Aristodemus

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown December 24th 2012

Normally I put group tours in the same category as whiny children and bad hangovers: things to be avoided at all cost. Fortunately, the Garrison Heritage Tour was a happy exception. I’m interested in military history, and for a long time I had wanted to see some parts of Garrison that are not normally open to the public, like the armoury and the inside of the Main Guard building. So, when I saw the small ad in the local newspaper pitching “Historic Garrison” tours to residents, my interest was definitely piqued. We started the our visit at the George Washington House, a place I have visited before. (See my blog George Washington Slept Here) However, since my previous visit, several miles of tunnels underneath the area have been discovered, some leading to St. Ann’s Fort, some ... read more
George Washington House
George Washington slept here
Barbados Museum


On July 12, 2012, The Garrison in Barbados was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site. That’s pretty cool in and of itself, but this World Heritage Site has the added attraction of horse racing. History lessons would have been a lotmore fun if they had taken place at the track. And make no mistake; there is some interesting history here at The Garrison, including the George Washington House, home to the first president of the United States in his only foray outside the US. See George Washington Slept Here But today I have come for the racing. I try to make the Diamonds International Races on Boxing Day every year, but this year I arrived on the island early enough to make the Christmas Season Race Day. The Christmas Season Race Day is a much calmer ... read more
Ready to race
Barbados Finest
Blue diamonds jockey

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown December 13th 2012

Geo: 13.11, -59.61A lovely sunny day with a light breeze greeted us when we docked at Bridgetown, Barbados. The island was named after the bearded fig, a type of tree which has hanging threads on it which look like beards. Our first visit was to Gun Hill Point. This is a restored lookout tower high on a hill. Several of these were built following the slave riots on the sugar plantations. Communication between them was by signals by flags during the day and beacons at night. If there was a problem the cannon would be fired before the flag messages went up. Only this one tower now remains. After this we drove through several parishes all named after Saints and noted the different type of housing – rich, poor and middle class all mixed up in ... read more
Gun Hill Point
Tiz by the cannon
Chattell House


It was with much anticipation that I flew into Barbados; the exotic land of my great grandfather, as much a family legend as a reality. To my knowledge I was the first family member to return in the over 100 years since his arrival in New Zealand. I never knew my great grandfather; he was gone long before I was born. Memories of my grandfather and his two unmarried sisters were my closest link. It seems to me I have more in contrast than commonality; my grandfather was short while I am tall, he was dark while I have very pale skin, he was fleet of foot and a great sportsman while I only have enthusiasm but no ability, he worked with his hands as a carpenter while I have to be content tapping at a ... read more
Barbados Drummers at Dover beach 1
Barbados tortoises
Barbados Crop Over 4

Central America Caribbean » Barbados April 22nd 2012

SATURDAY 21.4.2012 Well we did make it back to San Juan in one piece after our flight over Puerto Rico, it was absolutely spectacular, lots of canyons and lakes around the island, we wondered what sort of pilot we were going to get but had a lovely Californian guy Justin who has moved to live in San Juan for a while with his wife who has her intern as an optometrist there. Boarded our ship at around 3.30p.m., which was hassle free and because we had booked suites on the ship we were given priority boarding, all went very smoothly. Our Suite is a great size with a lounge area and balcony, The Summit has just been refurbished so it is decorated very tastefully. Being in a suite both Blake and Suzi and John and I ... read more




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