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Published: January 22nd 2019
Sunset seen from Roseau, the capital of Dominica
A small country with stunning nature and one huge boiling lake
We travelled also before we joined TravelBlog. We have started to digitalise photos from those pre-TravelBlog trips and we are planning to write about maybe a handful of them. We will write when we have the time and time is usually scarce so these blog entries will be far in between. We have however written one now and it is about a small country in the Caribbean - Dominica.
We guess we here in the beginning also need to say that we are not proud of the quality of the photos. They are dull because we didn't have digital cameras. We used film in 1999 and the colours have deteriorated over time. Also, it doesn't help that we are pretty lousy photographers.
Let's begin by clearing out which country we are writing about. There are two countries in that region with similar names - Dominica and the Dominican Republic. We went to Dominica, the smaller and lesser known of the two countries.
Dominica is a former British colony. Since we have already mentioned that it is in the
Dominica is mountainous
When seen from a distance Dominica it is easy to see that the country is mountainous.
Caribbean we probably don't need to point out that the country is an island. Dominica is a very small country. It is only about 50 km from north to south and at most around 20 km from west to east so you can easily drive around it in one day. That is if you know how to drive on the left side of the road.
We didn't plan on travelling much outside of the capital Roseau mostly because we are not comfortable with driving on the left side. But it turned out that luck was on our side. We met two American businessmen who were in Dominica to look for possible investments. They had a car with a driver to their disposal and they invited us to take a small tour with them. So thanks to them we got to see some of the lesser travelled parts of Dominica.
Dominica may be a small country but it is still easy to find enough interesting things to do to make it worth spending a week there. It's been 20 years since we did this trip so we have forgotten much. But the photos we took
The interior is mountainous and covered with thick rainforest.
do help to jog our memories. The highlights of this trip were as follows:
• Roseau: the capital city. With a population of only 14,000 it is no more than a large village. We remember that it also felt more like a village than like a city.
• The interior is mountainous and covered with thick rainforest. The nature is nothing short of spectacular. Much of it is inaccessible but we went on a hike one day and we absolutely loved the scenery and the nature.
• Boiling Lake: As the name indicates it is a lake and it is boiling. The lake is heated by volcanic activity and in the centre it is constantly boiling. Supposedly it is the second largest boiling lake in the world. If the information we have is correct the largest known boiling lake is in New Zealand. We really have to check that one out if we ever go to the Land of the Kiwis.
• Champagne Beach: A bay where there in the shallow waters are several small volcanic vents ejecting gas, steam and water. The gas and the steam creates bubbles which makes it an interesting experience to
The nature is nothing short of spectacular. Supposedly there are 365 waterfalls in Dominica.
swim there. We unfortunately don't have any photos of this phenomenon. But if you want to know what it looks like we can recommend that you picture google it. However, if you do that it is good to know that there is a beach in Vanuatu with the same name. In photos you can easily tell the two beaches apart. Vanuatu's Champagne Beach has white sand and Dominica's has black. But as far as we know only Dominica's comes with bubbles.
Most visitors to this wonderful country arrive by cruise ship and stay only for a few hours. We spent several days and it was definitely worth it. The best and most memorable things you can see and do in Dominica is not the souvenir stalls by the water front.
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