Travel

Caribbean Festivals Bucket List

Now we all know of Coachella and the various EDM festivals in the US, but here in the Caribbean we have our fair share. Most may be in the form of Carnivals, however each island offers something different.

Here’s my bucket list of Caribbean Festivals:

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Trinidad Carnival ~ Feb 2018

The biggest and the baddest.

The hub of Carnival.

With its long street parades, endless fetes and an abundance of soca music, VIBES and food; this is one carnival to definitely try in your lifetime. Even if you choose not to play mas there’s still plenty to do during the carnival season. But the main point is to experience the road parade. Their costumes are also extravagant and breathtaking you’d automatically fall in love with one. That also means that they could cost in excess of US$1,000. Continue reading “Caribbean Festivals Bucket List”

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Blogmas

Blogmas Day 7 // A Holiday Drink

I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favorite holiday drinks is Sorrel. I look forward to it every year and get so excited when I see my grandmother has finally made it.

Sorrel drink comes from the plant Roselle (Hibiscus Sabdariffa), which is a species of Hibiscus native to West Africa. It is made from the petals which are boiled then strained with added flavors and sweeteners.

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Blogmas Day 6 // A Caribbean Christmas pt 3

Hey Guys! Guess what??? It’s the last installment of the “Caribbean Christmas” series! Woohoo. First off, I’d like to thank each and every one of you who replied to my messages and deciding to participate. This would not have been possible without you and I really appreciate it. Hopefully we can all do a Caribbean blog collaboration some time.

Next up are views of a Bahamian and Jamaican living in USA.

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Bahamianista ~ BAHAMAS
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1 // What does Christmas mean to you?

Christmas to me, means family time, celebrating with loved ones, reconnecting with old friends, giving as well lots and lots of food haha. I love that there’s a festive feeling in the air and it also signals to me time for reflection and keeping things close that keep me grounded. Continue reading “Blogmas Day 6 // A Caribbean Christmas pt 3”

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Blogmas Day 5 // A Caribbean Christmas pt 2

It’s nice hearing the different views on how others celebrate the season, don’t you agree? We got started hearing from two of my blogging buddies in Grenada and Guyana (here); now we’re going to hear from three more within the Caribbean region.

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Chloé-Ana Braidy ~ JAMAICA
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1 // What does Christmas mean to you?

Christmas to me, isn’t necessarily a religious thing – it’s a season of giving, celebrating all the experiences I had during the year & celebrating that with friends & family by showing appreciating through gifts, good food & good vibes.  Continue reading “Blogmas Day 5 // A Caribbean Christmas pt 2”

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Blogmas Day 4 // A Caribbean Christmas Pt 1

Remember when I promised you guys something new this blogmas? Well, here it is! Instead of sharing with you my story, I decided to question some of my other Caribbean bloggers and share their stories with you. It will be a three-part series in order as to not have a lengthy post.

In the tradition of keeping it short and sweet, I simply asked each blogger two questions ~

1 // What does Christmas mean to you?

2 // How do you celebrate the season in your country?

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Blogmas Day 2 // Oh Christmas Tree

To get the ball rolling on ATBA 12 Days of BlogmasChristmas Trees!

When we were younger we all used to participate in helping to decorate the tree, but now we just let our mom handle it. She loves this sort of thing and always likes it done a specific way. Today I’m going to be showing you my tree at home as well as two others at my work office. One of our department heads also loves decorating and you’ll soon see that she’s a boss at it!

The time spent decorating the tree (or watching as others do it) all adds to the grand Christmas feeling. I love seeing people express their creativity in a variety of ways; including all the different types of ornaments used, the color schemes and added decor.

My Christmas Tree:

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Food Spots

Eat Outs // Rum Bus Beach

As the name suggests it’s a Rum Bus; they redesigned an old double-decker bus into a bar then added several cabanas and hammocks, turning this place into an amazing beach bar and restaurant. It’s located on the south-western end of the island along a stretch of countless other beach bars; however the red bus definitely stands out. Next to it is OJ’s beach bar which we visited sometime ago.

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Rum Bus view from the main road

 

We were back and forth trying to decide which place to check out on Sunday and finally went with Rum Bus since there were so many great reviews. Another plus was that the menu was available online so we were aware of the prices beforehand. I don’t know if that’s just a weird thing with me, but I prefer viewing menus online to see whether or not there’s anything I’d like or if I could even afford the place without breaking the bank. Therefore the menu availability was definitely a plus and helped with making our decision to check it out. Continue reading “Eat Outs // Rum Bus Beach”

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Eat Outs // Seafood Saturdayyyss

Hey Guys!!

Welcome to October!! It’s a new month, and by now you know how the saying goes: “New month, new goals, new blessings etc etc” I hope it’s all good for you and me both. This month also happens to be my birth month *23 more days*. However, let’s not get into that today; yesterday I decided to try out a new restaurant and here’s a mini review.

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Bay House Restaurant & Bar

Over the past few weeks the restaurant started having a special on weekends (Friday – Sunday) with discounted drinks, free shots, music from a live DJ and special menus. Saturdays were dedicated for seafood, which is one of my first loves, so why not visit? They’re open from 12p.m. for lunch, but we got there around 5p.m. for the drink specials. It’s been really cloudy the past few days, so the sunset wasn’t as spectacular as I know it could have been. The view is still pretty beautiful though.

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Lifestyle

Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Hey Guys!!

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If you have been following world news you should know by now what happened to some of the Caribbean islands last week. What started out as a simple low pressure system quickly turned into the most devastating hurricane the Atlantic has ever seen. Hurricane Irma was being called a category 5 ++ which is definitely off the Saffir-Simpson scale. Between a category 3 and 5 a hurricane system can be said to be extremely dangerous. Given we are currently in the season for hurricanes we monitored the storms and prayed for a decrease in intensity or shift towards the north.

Thankfully Antigua (where I reside) was spared quite a bit, however on the other hand our sister island Barbuda wasn’t. The eye of hurricane Irma passed directly over the island which is only 62 square miles. With winds over 185 mph and an incredibly low pressure many of the infrastructure on the island was significantly damaged. Sadly, there was one reported fatality which happened to be 2-year-old boy.  The island also has a lagoon which houses the Frigate Bird sanctuary which is a popular attraction amongst tourists. Unfortunately the lagoon was breached during the passage of Irma. Assessments will have to be carried out to determine the damaging effects on the island’s wildlife.

After Irma’s destruction there was no communication with the sister isle and officials had to wait hours before they could get a helicopter over to the island. After initial assessments of damage done to the houses and buildings, along with the incoming threat of Hurricane Jose at a Category 4, the decision was made to evacuate the island. In two days with the help of various ferry/boat and helicopter services the island of Barbuda was completely evacuated and deemed inhabitable.

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Adventure

Adventure Time ~ A Photo Diary

Hey Guys!!

I can’t believe I’m only posting this now, please forgive me. However, last month I had the opportunity to visit Redonda to participate in a restoration project.

The island of Redonda exists as remnants of an ancient extinct volcano; it is also politically a part of Antigua & Barbuda. It’s currently uninhabited by humans due its nature (no running water, steepness, inaccessible by transport other than helicopters).

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BTW this is all a part of my new job, so you can tell how excited I was for this opportunity. The trip was scheduled for a Saturday at 10 a.m. and once everybody arrived we went through an emergency briefing then it was time to go!!

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Deep Water Harbor, Antigua

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Yepton’s Beach, Antigua
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Hawksbill Beach, Antigua

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