Barbados, I am wondering: what happens if we lose our schools, our churches, our businesses, our homes, our supermarkets, our hospitals, our hotels, our transportation, our electricity, our water, our connectivity with the outside world? What happens when our roads are filled with debris or fall away?
What happens when there is nowhere for cruise liners to dock or planes to land? What happens when we can’t eat or sleep because of looting and raping, when there are no tourists coming to provide income or taste our pudding and souse, when business comes to a screeching halt, when there may be money but nothing to buy with it, when there is nothing at all left that can possibly be salvaged on a little 166 square mile rock? In other words, how in blazes would we ever survive or recover from a Category 5 hurricane?
The last few days have been emotionally draining; so much devastation and loss being experienced by our Caribbean sisters and brothers – truly it is mind-boggling and overwhelming. I find I need to keep grounded and consciously keep it real by remembering how good life truly is when next the electricity or water goes off, or I am stuck on a paved road in traffic (in a car with a cool breeze blowing through the vents) with a full belly, or cannot find a car park space at the supermarket, or quarrel with a tourist for driving their hired car too slow and keeping me back from getting to where I am going … because Barbados, recently I am really wondering and being grateful, all at the same time. What about you?
To my Caribbean brothers and sisters, my heart aches for you but know that we are all in this together and forever; we are one and you are not alone.
One year ago I wrote a post about my island home Barbados. You can read about it here: My Home, My Love, My Beautiful Barbados. However this year, in 2016, we are celebrating 50 years of independence and as Barbadians would tell you “50 years ain’t 50 days” aka that is a whole lot of years to be managing your own affairs! What an achievement!
It has been a long road. As a country we have enjoyed good times and bad times, yet through it all we remain totally proud of the little rock Bajans call home. This time around I wanted to share some photos of our capital city Bridgetown. This particular area is a beautiful oasis in the middle of a bustling city; am sure you will love it as much as I do.
Come Visit Bridgetown
Barbados.org is my usual ‘go to’ site for anything Barbados and here is what was shared about the quaint space on our island known as Bridgetown.
A Little History Lesson
“Bridgetown is steeped in rich history, evidenced in some of the centuries old British colonial architecture which remains today. This well-preserved city built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, was originally named “Indian Bridge” for the rude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Amerinidians. It was later called the “town of St. Michael” in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown.” Read more
We’ve Grown Up!
“With a population of about 110,000, Bridgetown is the island’s largest and most vibrant city! After all, it is the capital and commercial centre of Barbados. Steeped in rich history and culture, Bridgetown today reflects a mix of the old and the new, with historic sites and buildings sitting amongst modern structures like multi-storey offices, financial institutions and shopping malls.There is almost always activity in this lively city, as locals and visitors alike go about their business and partake in the diverse shopping, dining and cultural experiences Bridgetown offers. Pleasure craft like yachts, catamarans and fishing boats conveniently dock right in the heart of the city. Visitors will also appreciate the abundance of duty free shopping opportunities available in Bridgetown, as well as the local charm the city brings.”Read more
What do you love most about your country? Do you celebrate or observe a special day too? Share your national pride by leaving a comment or a link to your blog telling us a little about where you live 🙂
The WordPress Photo Challenge Task: This week, share a photo of something marked by its weight — or its air of weightlessness. Show us gravity at its most unforgiving, or most generous. Bricks or feathers. A collapsed ruin or a plane taking off. A heavy piece of old furniture or the flying buttresses of a cathedral. Keep in mind that weight doesn’t even have to be physical: emotions and memories can weigh on us (or lift our spirits) at least as much as real objects.
My Take: Living in a Caribbean island I immediately thought of swimming in our endless blue clear sea as being the ultimate example of weightlessness but then I thought about my life, especially on those days when I am weighed down by decisions and deadlines and drama. Why? Because those days are hard. That’s when I want to give up, to curl up in bed under the covers and let the world go by without me but on the other hand, that’s exactly the time when the prayers, worship and fellowship at my church lift me ‘weightlessly’ up to an amazing place high above whatever’s going on – and for me at the end of the day, it truly is the best place to be.
Can you relate? What lifts you up when you feel most down and out? Would love to hear from you and thanks for visiting 🙂
Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E
One of my favourite weight-lifting songs …
… and one of my favourite weight-lifting bible verses
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)