Fete Reviews, Lifestyle

Weekend Review // Hello Summer

Hey Guys!!

It’s been a while since I did a weekend review, but this weekend was activity packed so here I am!
As summer gets started your party stamina gets tested.
This weekend’s events included:

 Project Sync: Rave – JCI Color Run – Tropical Day Party – Beach Party

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Lifestyle

The Countdown is ON

As the days get longer and the nights get shorter we prepare for a season of memories. Ultimately it’s a season most of us look forward to; school is out and there’s just an aura of VIBES.
If you haven’t guessed it by now I’m speaking about SUMMER.

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Summer officially starts on June 21st, with it being the longest day. However, for many of you the vacation has already started.

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Adventure

Top 10 Beach Essentials

As Summer comes to and end we reflect back on all the awesome activities we did these last few months. For me, it was visiting the beach as much as I could. After all I am on an island with 365 of them. I also happen to live within walking distance to two, so why not?

There are probably lots of other things people usually walk with to the beach, but these are my top 10 or “must haves”.

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Fete Reviews

Embracing Our ROOTS

Partyyyy Time! 

Where I’m from we use every excuse to party, and it just so happens that summer is known for one of our biggest festivals: CARNIVAL.

Carnival is simply a celebration of our emancipation from slavery. It was birthed from a time when slavery was abolished and people took to the streets in celebrations. They continued this for several years and eventually turned it into a festival in which people can learn about and appreciate. Carnival usually takes place throughout the last week of July and the first week of August; there’s a queen show, calypso show, soca show and panorama competition.  However, as another tradition there are various pre-fetes leading up to Carnival. This one is COLOURS.

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Daily Prompts, Lifestyle

Winter Who?

I currently live in Texas, and have been for the past three years. Suffice to say the weather in Texas is like no other. Where my Texans at? I’m sure you can attest to this. You can experience all four seasons in one week, or may two in one day. There’s just no telling what kind of weather you’d get. Temperatures range as low as the negatives during the winter to over 100 in the summer. However, this winter has definitely been something, besides that one snow day in January the weather has been kind of “Springy”.

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This snow day, didn’t even last a couple hours, it was gone as quick as it came.

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Despite this being a day in December, the weather is fairly the same at the moment. This weekend it was in the 80’s, so of course I brought out the shorts.

Now, I’m from the Caribbean where it’s sunny 24/7, 365, besides for the occasional rain during the hurricane season. Although I enjoy the sunshine, and everything else that comes with it; I really appreciate the change in seasons, and experiencing the change in scenery.

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First Winter, December 2012

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Spring; Beautiful weather for taking a walk by the lake.

Snapchat--6720861899367631673Summer; Shorter days, and longer nights, always nice to watch the sunset.

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End of a beautiful day

Lastly, Fall/Autumn where there are no leaves on the trees, and we’re getting ready for winter.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

Adventure

Summer in the Islands

Living in The United States for three years has caused me to believe that fall/spring are my favorite seasons. However, growing up on an island has shown me that nothing beats the season of summer.

Even though summer may rightfully start from June until September; every day is summer in the Caribbean – 365 days of summer. The temperature is on average 65 – 80 degrees, and the sun is in it’s element on most days (There’s a rainy season). It’s no idea why the islands in the Caribbean are one of the most sought out places to visit during the winter months.

I’m here however, not to sell my island as a tourist destination for during the winter, but to show you  how summer is different.

1. The Beach

Now you may think, what’s so special about my beach when Americans can find beaches on the West Coast? Well first off they’re definitely not as rough as beaches in California, and they’re mostly crystal clear. The island I grew up on Antigua, which has a sister isle, Barbuda main tourism sales line is 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.  It may be a small island, but we’re surrounded by water so very much possible. Whereas, Barbuda is known for having pink sand (may be seasonal, but it’s there.) Going to beach is a regular for college students or just regular every day people. It can go from having a picnic at one beach, to water sports at another, or a bar lime or even a bonfire. There’s a wide range of activities one can get involved with at the beach. My favorite is just relaxing and enjoying a peaceful swim.

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2. The Nightlife

I assure you nightlife in the Caribbean is totally different to that of America, from the music to the general atmosphere. Yes, we have a few clubs, and listen to hip-hop and mainstream music, but most of our nightlife during the summer comes in the form of “Fetes”. According to Wikipedia a fete is “an elaborate celebration, festival or party.” Well, I guess that sorts of explains it; fetes are basically large parties held outdoors, usual drinks inclusive with multiple bars, and a stage for performers as well as DJs. Fetes happen no matter the time of year, but the major ones happen during the summer because of reason #3 below.  Our nightlife doesn’t only consists of feting though, there are bar crawls (bar hopping), house limes, and anything which usually involves music and alcohol!

3. CARNIVAL

Depending on where you’re from you may be familiar with this word, whether Canada, Atlanta, England, Houston, Brazil, and the list goes on. However, Carnival originated from the islands, and it is our biggest festival throughout the summer. As mentioned before there are a lot of fetes held during summer, and are usually pre-fetes for carnival. But Carnival itself is a week long festival with a range of various activities. It all starts with an opening parade, then there’s a queen show, soca  monarch, calypso show etc. The main event of Carnival however are the last two days which are known as parade days or mas day! On parade days thousands of revelers gather in the streets decked out in costumes with feathers, beads, sequins, whatever they can find to showcase their colors. This may not sound like much, but you can always check it out on YouTube “Antigua Carnival Parade” or any other island for a matter of fact. To tell you the honest truth, last year was the first time I played mas, and it was AMAZING. I had a blast, and can’t wait to do it again!!

That’s all folks! The top 3 reasons why summer in the islands is a must do. However, don’t think that this is all the island has to offer during the summer, because there’s a wide range of activities to do while you’re not feting in the night.

[Sorry for my lack of pictures showcasing the nightlife and carnival experience, didn’t want to include any of myself for personal reasons, or just steal one from the web.]

See you soon!