Blogs from Castries, Saint Lucia, Central America Caribbean


St Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. While I have been here a few times already, at the beginning of this year I finally got the chance to explore beyond the port area and learned a bit more about the customs and culture of the island. I signed up for a tour to that gave us the opportunity to try ourselves in the art of chocolate making. From the port in Castries it was only a short drive to Howelton Estate. When we arrived they gave us a short introduction into their batik clothing making and then we moved on to their chocolate making process. First we were shown all the ingredients, how these were sourced locally and the steps from raw product to the chocolate bar. Everyone received a small ... read more
Only a few ingredients
Coconut tree
Breathtaking views of Catries

My favorite island in the Caribbean by far is St Lucia, there is just something about it. Even though I have been here quite a few times before, only at the beginning of this year I had the chance to explore more places in this beautiful country. In March this year I got to take a Rainforest Adventure to go ziplining. One of the best ziplines I've done so far, because the views from the top of the mountain into the rainforest are just spectacular. After putting on our safety equipment, we hopped into a small open cable car gondola that took us up the mountain, the ride felt very long, but the views were breathtaking. The guides were fantastic, they explained a lot of things about the forest and we also got a glimpse into ... read more
Walk through the forest
Views from the cable car
Ziplines adventure

Central America Caribbean » Saint Lucia » Castries February 28th 2022

Yesterday, Saturday, we arrived at Saint Martin to bright blue skies and a temperature of 85. There are five vessels in port including us and I am delighted to see that the island is busy. The last time I was here it was recovering from a major hurricane. Then Covid hit. It has been tough times for the island travel industry. My day is much like all the others. Coffee on the verandah, lunch at the Lido, reading stretched out on a couch by the Seaview pool, nap time, Happy Hour and trivia then dinner. Tonight I had watermelon with feta and it was a yummy combo. The Mahi Mahi was done perfectly and I was pleasantly full. Sunday Saint Lucia port is rainy. The sun is trying to shine and I hope it clears up ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Saint Lucia » Castries December 16th 2021

One of my favorite Caribbean Islands is definitely St Lucia. Even though most days I did not have enough time to explore I did find a nice place to chill out when even I am here. When ever we dock in Castries I will go to the Auberge Seraphine Hotel . Even if I just have an hour to spare I like to come here to grab a drink or some food. The hotel is a little hidden from the port, but it is only a five minute walk from the ship. I just love to sit on the upper deck with a cold beer or a cocktail in hand and just enjoy the views. There is a little pond just in front of the property, where you will find a lot of egrets chilling in ... read more
View from the hotel
Egrets chilling in the trees

Saint Lucia Blog 24th January 2020 Another day, another island. An early arrival with two other cruise ships in port as well. We berthed in the older part with great views across the harbour. Again running the gauntlet of taxi drivers touting for trade and there are a lot of them it was outside to have a look round. Tourism now outstrips Agriculture as the main source of income and with three ships in the battle for trade is endless. The road infrastructure around the port is okay for cars but underfoot with all the stalls spilling onto the road was a bit hazardous and it wasn’t much better the further you got away from the terminal. There was a small garden (George V) which seemed to be dedicated to Saint Lucians that helped in the ... read more

Only 2 weeks left! I'm actually really looking forward to going home. 8 weeks is a long time. There haven't been that many exciting cases in the hospital this week, and no really exciting news. Friday the girls and I went to the Gros Islet street party, but we only really went there for the food. We had our lovely BBQ grilled fish, had some drinks on the beach, and then went home. Yesterday, we spent the day at Windjammers resort. I got even more tanned and swam a lot. There was a big inflatable trampoline in the sea, so I swam out to that and climbed on for a bit. Alex and Liv didn't want to because it was quite far out, quite deep and there was a lot of seaweed out there. It was ... read more

So with carnival over, it was back to the hospital. It was pretty quiet, as I guess everyone was too busy with carnival to get sick. There was a sad case in the ICU though. A 29 year old man had a congenital heart problem, which gave him a heart attack at work. No one knows how long he was unconscious for before a work colleague found him on the floor. The colleagues called an ambulance, but they thought that they felt a pulse, so no one did any CPR until the paramedics arrived 20 minutes later. When he was brought to A&E they continued CPR for an hour before he came around. But now, he is a vegetable. Just 8 minutes without oxygen causes permanent brain damage, and he had over 20 minutes before any ... read more

So Monday and Tuesday this week were carnival. There have been, and still are lots of parties going on for carnival, but Monday and Tuesday were bank holidays and it was when the people got in their costumes and did the parade. There's not much to say, but I got a lot of photos. The costumes were pretty cool, although they are around £800 each for a bikini and feathers really. It was fun to watch and the crowds weren't too bad, so we got a really good view. Monday was really good, and that's where all the pictures are from. The whole thing was meant to start around 11am, but nothing happened until about 1pm. That's just St Lucia time. Tuesday wasn't as good. I think all the people must have been very tired or ... read more

I've now finished week 5. Just 3 more weeks to go, it's definitely flying by. Haven't posted in a while because there hasn't been a lot. On Wednesday, it was the England football match, so the girls and I took a bus down to Rodney bay to meet the boys at the bar to watch it. I'm not sure if I've written much about the buses here. They are 15 or 16 seater minibuses. They come in all different colours, no logos or anything, drivers don't wear uniforms. You only know its a bus because it will usually have a green sticker in the front to say where it's going. There are bus stops, but you can flag the bus down anywhere, even on the highway, and it will stop for you. Same with getting off ... read more

So I have started my placement on internal medicine now. There are a lot more patients and a wider variety of conditions, so it's been really interesting. This will probably just be a really long post about the most interesting things I've seen and learned in the last two days. I saw a man with elephantiasis. Both of his legs were extremely swollen and his skin was scaly with lots of nodules. He was in because his skin breaks down a lot and gets infected. If you do a google image search for 'elephantiasis' you'll see lots of examples of the swelling. if you google 'elephantiasis hyperkeratosis' you'll see how their skin can look as well. It's caused by a parasite, a type of worm, which I knew. But I didn't know the worm was transmitted ... read more

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