You often see advertisements for trips to the sunny Caribbean parts of the world. In my case Barbados hit home for me as the number one choice of destination. My Dad’s family is from there. Born and raised in Barbados he immigrated to Canada at age 18 and thus naturally when the opportunity to travel there came to being – I took it!
When I was young I went there with my parents and at 5 years old had many memories but at 26 years I decided to visit family alone and it was one of many good decisions in my life. Just the act of booking a trip just for me felt great and the act of seeing family, priceless.
I stayed in Christchurch which is the southern part of Barbados at my Aunt’s house and the beauty of being able to wake up and go into the ocean 15 minutes after waking up was a luxury I will never forget.
The air smells beautiful there, a mixture of sea salt, hibiscus and sugar cane. The sweet smell greeted me when I made my way out of the plane. The walk was also serenaded with a steel drum band welcoming people to the island. It was a picture right out of the movies.
During my stay I enjoyed Barbados flying fish, crab cakes and roti. Along with that of course enjoyed Rum Punch. There is a rhyme to making rum punch. It’s a recipe put to a rhyme. It goes as follows.
Now to understand the ingredients I will explain. The classic ingredients are Lime, Sugar, Rum and Water. The recipe then is one part lime, two parts sugar, three parts rum and four parts water. It also is a great addition to add freshly grated nutmeg and serve over ice. With a recipe like that how can one go wrong?
Some places I went to while there were the Atlantis Submarines Barbados, Harrison’s Cave, and a tour of the island with my cousin who brought me to the inside of the Island and a visit to the Atlantic ocean side as well as a visit to where some island pottery is made.
You know what the best part of the trip was? The fact that I spent Valentine’s Day there treating myself to the tastes, sites, sounds and family of Barbados. The heart of Barbados for me is love.
Have you been on a trip by yourself? Have you enjoyed family in a far-away place? Do you remember the scent of the place you went? It has been many years since being there but will always remember the scent of the sweet hibiscus air.