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A Very Fine Thing

April 9, 2011
Sunset On the Beach, Oistins

Sunset On the Beach, Oistins

The sun goes down into a bank of heavy clouds while light waves wash over the beach and the tropical breeze makes the palm trees dance. The smell of the salt water mixes with the aroma of grilling fish, and in the background the whistling frogs have begun their evening chorus.

This is the Caribbean.

I’m on the south coast of Barbados for a bit of vacation, near the town of Oistins. I was last here before I turned 5, which is to say quite some time ago. I have a few scattered memories of the island, mental snapshots & cameos. They’re too fragmentary to really represent a sense of place. Though my family lived on the island for 3 years, certainly the feeling I have coming back here after so many years is not what I would call “coming home”. But there is definitely something about this place — the sea air, the waves & wind, the small towns & cane fields, the people and their voices, the fish markets, the crowing of roosters… there are connections.

I have to say — an evening in the Caribbean is a very fine thing.

Barbados Whistling Frog (Eleutherodactylus johnstonei)

Barbados Whistling Frog (Eleutherodactylus johnstonei)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2011 09:40

    Whaaaat?! You forsake an Alberta spring for the garish charms of Barbados?

  2. April 9, 2011 12:13

    Sounds idyllic, Royce. Perfect conditions in a perfect place. Hope that continues and you have a great time. Lots of mud here. 🙂

  3. April 9, 2011 17:41

    Sam, I could say “blame Deb” which would be accurate — she wanted somewhere warm with sandy beaches this year. 🙂 But I’m happy enough here too; so yeah, forsaking the prairies. Temporarily. Perhaps.

    Steve, I shoveled ~20cm of heavy, wet snow the day before getting on the plane to head for the Caribbean. It’s probably mud at home now, too. 🙂

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