My Home, My Love, My Beautiful Barbados


 

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Photo of Carlisle Bay, Barbados by Gale E

 

Every year my beautiful country Barbados celebrates being independent.  On the surface, this means that we are no longer a British colony, being ruled or led by Britain. Underneath that surface, it means we have successfully worked for and won the right to run our own affairs and to look after our people as best we can.

Source: www.cd-traveller.com
Source: http://www.cd-traveller.com

 

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Source: http://www.worldofmaps.net

 

Barbados has it’s own motto, pledge, national anthem, national flower and of course flag. We are a proud people of “Bajans” (another name for Barbadians) who enjoy sharing our island with others. Things like our national dish of Cou-cou and Flying fish, annual Crop Over Festival, beautiful natural landscapes, Banks Beer, Bajan fishcakes, Rihanna (!!!)  and best of all, some absolutely amazing beaches – these are all part of our unique cultural package.  Click here for Key Facts about Barbados thanks to our www.barbados.org website.

 

Cou cou and flying fish | Photo by Gale E

 

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Banks Beer! Xactly! | Photo by Gale E

 

Our flag flies high in our capital city of Bridgetown | Photo by Gale E

 

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Beach house view | Photo by Gale E

 

Photo by Gale E
Coming home | Photo by Gale E

But did you know that …

  • The first slaves in Barbados were white?
  • During the period 1841 – 1845, Barbados was considered the healthiest place in the world to live?
  • Barbados was chosen by Tiger Woods as the location for his wedding in 2004?
  • Barbados has always flown only the British Flag, until achieving its independence in 1966.
  • The island is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean? Click here for more fun facts 🙂

So why not meet a Bajan?

And if you want to meet a Bajan, then feel free to do so (again, thanks to www.barbados.org)!

Everything’s gonna be ok!

Yet, in spite of an increase in crime and economic challenges, we are alive and breathing. We put one foot in front of the other every single day to make Barbados a better place for all, and we know that no matter what happens, God will look after us now … just as He did in the past.

There’s much more to tell you about my home and the images here prove that I am not that much of a WordPress boss tour guide, but that’s not the aim of this post.  I’m just here to observe a continuous coming of age because I guess in the grand scheme of things I could have been born anywhere else in the world, to different parents at a different time. However, every 30th day of November, I am indeed more than grateful to be born to Barbadian parents right here on this little rock.

Love you bad Barbados; you are simply amazingly awesome! And to everyone else reading, if you don’t live here and would love to after reading about my country, then leave a comment and then please come visit – we love visitors and treat you like family.

 

PS: Click on the image immediately below to enjoy a really cool video on this beautiful island we are blessed to call home 🙂

Click image to go to: Barbados Will Always Be Home video on YouTube
Click image to go to: Barbados Will Always Be Home video on YouTube

 

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galeweithers

Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

17 thoughts on “My Home, My Love, My Beautiful Barbados”

    1. Yes, we read quite a bit about India (and even watched the film Mahatma Ghandi as part of our class project). Glad you can relate to the concept of how important independence means to us (and to you too)! Thanks for taking the time to comment and hope you will stop by again soon.

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