Things I’ve learnt (or been reminded of) during my time in Barbados

So – Ive barely unpacked my bags, having arrived back home from my first ever trip to a Caribbean island. I’m halfway through writing a “seeing Bajanland on a budget”-type piece that will be up later. But for now, here’s a list of random things I either learnt or was reminded again of during my trip to sunny Barbados:

  • “In these harsh economic times.” How many times did I not hear that phrase during my time in Barbados? Thing is, the phrase “trouble in Paradise” is very much a reality for a lot of Bajan people. Kudos to them for their resilience in rising above it whilst acknowledging its existence – and for their humour in the face of it.
  • ‘Caribbean Time’ really is a thing. When you’re in the Caribbean, just go along with it. No point in making your time here a stressful one…
  • ‘I do not get lost’ is a worthy rule of life to live by. And there are ways of avoiding getting lost when in an strange land. Not being afraid to ask for help is a big one…
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things.
  • Free wifi is your friend (except, that is, if you’re an easily distracted writer with a deadline).
  • In many ways, Barbados is SO like Sierra Leone, it’s unbelievable.
  • Nothing is wasted.
  • The human body is a battery. And the sun is an ideal charger for it.
  • That ‘battery charger’ thing above also applies to the mind.
  • I can swim in just about any depth of water.
  • Perception is a funny thing.
  • Life – it really is an adventure.
  • Solar power and iPads don’t get on well together.
  • Age really ain’t nothing but a number. And sometimes your body and the years you’ve lived in it simply do not match.
  • Life is a gift. Enjoying it might not always be an option available to you, but making the most of it always is.
  • Anthony T. Barrow is an awesome poet.
  • It’s fun to explore.
  • People are great (when they’re not being complete poo-buckets, that is).
  • There are white people with Bajan accents. Don’t look so surprised…
And another thing: Everyone should see a Bajan sunset at least once in their lifetime.
And another thing: Everyone should see a Bajan sunset at least once in their lifetime.

 

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