Back to Barbados

What a trip!

I thought by packing earlier on Friday night I could sleep better.  Not so – I was still awake most of the night thinking, worrying…

At 8:30am I left with Mimi for her sister’s house.  Mimi is so lucky – she doesn’t even know what a kennel is.

I got back home and waited for Tom to get there.  He rolled in at 10am, just after the taxi got there.

The trip to Regan airport was uneventfull.  We actually got there about 10:30, possibly the earliest we have arrived for any flight.

Checkin, security, no problems.  We decided to have something to eat at this little place by the gate.  No coffee!  AARRGGHH  Tom convinced the manager that they should still have coffee at 10:45am.

Boarded plane.  We had seats D and F.  Tom convinced the woman in E that she’d like to move back a couple rows closer to her husband…and we had no one in E so could stretch out a bit more.

From the beginning this was a bumpy ride, thanks to Hurricane Isaac which was headed to Miami, same as us.  You can see him just over Cuba at 60 miles per hour at the time we were nearing Miami.

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We finally landed and found our next gate, only 4 gates away.  Gate 1 was already fairly crowded with people headed to Barbados.

I found a little newsstand with the nut/fruit bars I like. I got 2 at $3.99 each.

Settled in for the 2 hour wait and an announcement came up that we were leaving 30 minutes early.  Ok, great for us, not those running for a connection.

Waited a bit more.  Announcement that our plane had major issues and they would find us a new one

Waited.  New gate.  Now gate 50 which is 2 terminals away by sky train and we had 30 minutes to get there.

We navigated all that and got there to learn they’d found a plane but it needed to be made ready.

Tom went to the newsstand for snacks.  The only thing I’d had so far was that fruit/nut bar at gate 1

He came back with a variety of stuff, including some more fruit/nut bars. But at this gate they were only $2.89. Go figure!

Finally, we got onboard.  We were the last flight out of Miami for a few days.  Another bumpy trip but we made it to Barbados at 11:30.  Naturally, out suitcase was nearly last on the carrousel but it arrived!  Through Immigration and Customs and off to Stoute for our rental car.  Tom’s debit card was rejected…we’d forgotten to let them know we were traveling.

We got to The Crane just before midnight and found out that the people who had been in our apartment last week hadn’t been able to leave so they were giving us the penthouse for the night, the week or the whole trip.

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This place is huge, too big for us.  If Michael can come this weekend, that would be good but otherwise…

We opened up all the doors for a cross breeze, looked around a bit and fell asleep.

Early on Sunday, Tom went to his usual meeting and I poked around. This place didn’t seem to have a laundry, a feature we rely on heavily but I found one across the hall.

I do hate the “tower pools” but I haven’t actually been in one yet.  Maybe it won’t be so bad.

I texted Michael and Alice to let them know we’d gotten here and called my mom.

Did some work and started this blog post.  The wifi up here is very slow and the first picture hasn’t even uploaded yet. Maybe I’ll add the other to another post…later. 

Tom came back with salt bread so all is well in my world!

Bajan Salt Bread

This traditional bread made in Barbados, is one of the only breads that isn’t very sweet. However don’t let the name fool you. This bread is definitely not salty. This bread can be used to accommodate almost any filling. This local delicacy is the housing for the popular bread & two which consists of salt bread filled with two fish cakes.

You can find salt breads at bakeries and bread shops throughout the island of Barbados. A pack usually contains six (6) salt breads sold in clear plastic bags.  Bajan Salt Breads are baked daily and would usually be accompanied by a piece of khus grass on the bread, but do not be afraid! This is to preserve the freshness of the bread. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Back To Barbados

What a trip!

I thought by packing earlier on Friday night I could sleep better.  Not so – I was still awake most of the night thinking, worrying…

At 8:30am I left with Mimi for her sister’s house.  Mimi is so lucky – she doesn’t even know what a kennel is.

I got back home and waited for Tom to get there.  He rolled in at 10am, just after the taxi got there.

The trip to Regan airport was uneventfull.  We actually got there about 10:30, possibly the earliest we have arrived for any flight.

Checkin, security, no problems.  We decided to have something to eat at this little place by the gate.  No coffee!  AARRGGHH  Tom convinced the manager that they should still have coffee at 10:45am.

Boarded plane.  We had seats D and F.  Tom convinced the woman in E that she’d like to move back a couple rows closer to her husband…and we had no one in E so could stretch out a bit more.

From the beginning this was a bumpy ride, thanks to Hurricane Isaac which was headed to Miami, same as us.  You can see him just over Cuba at 60 miles per hour at the time we were nearing Miami.

Hurricane Isaac

The path of Hurricane Isaac

We finally landed and found our next gate, only 4 gates away.  Gate 1 was already fairly crowded with people headed to Barbados.

I found a little newsstand with the nut/fruit bars I like. I got 2 at $3.99 each.

Settled in for the 2 hour wait and an announcement came up that we were leaving 30 minutes early.  Ok, great for us, not those running for a connection.

Waited a bit more.  Announcement that our plane had major issues and they would find us a new one

Waited.  New gate.  Now gate 50 which is 2 terminals away by sky train and we had 30 minutes to get there.

We navigated all that and got there to learn they’d found a plane but it needed to be made ready.

Tom went to the newsstand for snacks.  The only thing I’d had so far was that fruit/nut bar at gate 1

He came back with a variety of stuff, including some more fruit/nut bars. But at this gate they were only $2.89. Go figure!

Finally, we got onboard.  We were the last flight out of Miami for a few days.  Another bumpy trip but we made it to Barbados at 11:30.  Naturally, out suitcase was nearly last on the carrousel but it arrived!  Through Immigration and Customs and off to Stoute for our rental car.  Tom’s debit card was rejected…we’d forgotten to let them know we were traveling.

We got to The Crane just before midnight and found out that the people who had been in our apartment last week hadn’t been able to leave so they were giving us the penthouse for the night, the week or the whole trip.

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The Crane Penthouse

This place is huge, too big for us.  If Michael can come this weekend, that would be good but otherwise…

We opened up all the doors for a cross breeze, looked around a bit and fell asleep.

Early on Sunday, Tom went to his usual meeting and I poked around. This place didn’t seem to have a laundry, a feature we rely on heavily but I found one across the hall.

I do hate the “tower pools” but I haven’t actually been in one yet.  Maybe it won’t be so bad.

I texted Michael and Alice to let them know we’d gotten here and called my mom.

Did some work and started this blog post.  The wifi up here is very slow and the first picture hasn’t even uploaded yet. Maybe I’ll add the other to another post…later.

Tom came back with salt bread so all is well in my world!

Bajan Salt Bread

This traditional bread made in Barbados, is one of the only breads that isn’t very sweet. However don’t let the name fool you. This bread is definitely not salty. This bread can be used to accommodate almost any filling. This local delicacy is the housing for the popular bread & two which consists of salt bread filled with two fish cakes.

You can find salt breads at bakeries and bread shops throughout the island of Barbados. A pack usually contains six (6) salt breads sold in clear plastic bags.  Bajan Salt Breads are baked daily and would usually be accompanied by a piece of khus grass on the bread, but do not be afraid! This is to preserve the freshness of the bread. Enjoy!

Hurricane Irene Day

Saturday – I guess that Hurricane Irene has hit North Carolina.  This one looks a bit concern since my Mom is in Virginia and our son and my best friend are in New York – both places where this storm is projected to hit.

 

Reminds me of Hurricane Carol which hit where we lived when I was a kid.  My Mom said “let’s go down and see the waves”.  Our car got stuck and we probably would have washed out to sea had we not been blocking the path of a truck who wanted to get out of the area fast.  He pushed us to safety.

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We lived on a small embankment and when we got home, we could see that the road directly below us was flooded and people were going by in rowboats.

 

Even here it is pouring rain today.  I’m not sure if there’s another hurricane brewing or not.  I guess I’ll just read inside today.  I’m still on book #5.

 

Sunday is supposed to be our catamaran.  We’ll see if it gets cancelled or postponed.  It looks like rain off and on here for the rest of the week, though.  I guess this is why it’s called “the rainy season”.

 

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Hurricane Irene Day

Saturday – I guess that Hurricane Irene has hit North Carolina.  This one looks a bit concern since my Mom is in Virginia and our son and my best friend are in New York – both places where this storm is projected to hit.

Reminds me of Hurricane Carol which hit where we lived when I was a kid.  My Mom said “let’s go down and see the waves”.  Our car got stuck and we probably would have washed out to sea had we not been blocking the path of a truck who wanted to get out of the area fast.  He pushed us to safety.

Hurricane-1954

We lived on a small embankment and when we got home, we could see that the road directly below us was flooded and people were going by in rowboats.

Even here it is pouring rain today.  I’m not sure if there’s another hurricane brewing or not.  I guess I’ll just read inside today.  I’m still on book #5.

Sunday is supposed to be our catamaran.  We’ll see if it gets cancelled or postponed.  It looks like rain off and on here for the rest of the week, though.  I guess this is why it’s called “the rainy season”.

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I’m Already Falling Behind

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… And falling literally but more of that in a bit.

Here it is Tuesday and I’m already falling behind.

Sunday, Tom got back from his meeting about 11 or so. Within 5 minutes some storm out to sea blew in a lot of rain at such an angle that it flooded about half the living room floor.

After getting that cleaned up we headed over to Emerald City to do our first grocery shopping of the trip. On Sundays they close at 2:00 so we wanted to be fast about that.

I had decided to get some nail polish but they were out of most colors. Only blue, yellow and green were left. I considered doing 1/2 blue and 1/2 yellow as a form of Cushie solidarity or something but decided against that. I got the blue. Looking at my hands now I’m hoping I don’t get rushed to the hospital. They might think I have cyanosis…

In addition to other stuff we got tutti fruitti milk and salt bread. I think I could live on a diet of just those 2 items for quite some time. I’m uploading a picture of salt bread. It’s more what we would call rolls, not salty at all but d that to distinguish it from sweet bread. It also has a sliver of coconut leaf on the top.

The rest of the day was uneventful. We went swimming about dusk and into the huge open air jacuzzi. We decided to have dinner by the pool at the Carriage House.

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Monday morning I woke up early and went outside to take sunrise pictures. I also got a little video and some starling and lizard pictures while I was at it.

We got some more rain but not as bad as Sunday. I guess it’s Hurricane Irene out there we can see something out to sea but only the weather channel can identify some of these storms.

I was closing up the bedroom doors and slipped and fell. I hurt my hip pretty bad on the floor and my shoulder on the edge of the TV cabinet.

I spent most of the rest of the day not moving too much and so I finished book #1, Requiem for a Gypsy by Michael Genelin. Ive read all his books so far. I started the series because it takes place mostly in Slovakia and our son had spent a summer there teaching English so I feel a connection, however tenuous.

I started (and finished) book #2, Death by Honeymoon which I got because it was cheap and because the main action takes place here in Barbados.

I started reading book #3, Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny. I’ve read several in that series and will probably complete it before long.

Dinner at home while watching American Ninja Warriors.

Life is good!

 

I’m Already Falling Behind

… And falling literally but more of that in a bit.

Here it is Tuesday and I’m already falling behind.

Sunday, Tom got back from his meeting about 11 or so. Within 5 minutes some storm out to sea blew in a lot of rain at such an angle that it flooded about half the living room floor.

After getting that cleaned up we headed over to Emerald City to do our first grocery shopping of the trip. On Sundays they close at 2:00 so we wanted to be fast about that.

I had decided to get some nail polish but they were out of most colors. Only blue, yellow and green were left. I considered doing 1/2 blue and 1/2 yellow as a form of Cushie solidarity or something but decided against that. I got the blue. Looking at my hands now I’m hoping I don’t get rushed to the hospital. They might think I have cyanosis…

In addition to other stuff we got tutti fruitti milk and salt bread. I think I could live on a diet of just those 2 items for quite some time. I’m uploading a picture of salt bread. It’s more what we would call rolls, not salty at all but d that to distinguish it from sweet bread. It also has a sliver of coconut leaf on the top.

The rest of the day was uneventful. We went swimming about dusk and into the huge open air jacuzzi. We decided to have dinner by the pool at the Carriage House.

——

Monday morning I woke up early and went outside to take sunrise pictures. I also got a little video and some starling and lizard pictures while I was at it.

We got some more rain but not as bad as Sunday. I guess it’s Hurricane Irene out there we can see something out to sea but only the weather channel can identify some of these storms.

I was closing up the bedroom doors and slipped and fell. I hurt my hip pretty bad on the floor and my shoulder on the edge of the TV cabinet.

I spent most of the rest of the day not moving too much and so I finished book #1, Requiem for a Gypsy by Michael Genelin. Ive read all his books so far. I started the series because it takes place mostly in Slovakia and our son had spent a summer there teaching English so I feel a connection, however tenuous.

I started (and finished) book #2, Death by Honeymoon which I got because it was cheap and because the main action takes place here in Barbados.

I started reading book #3, Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny. I’ve read several in that series and will probably complete it before long.

Dinner at home while watching American Ninja Warriors.

Life is good!

Heading to The Crane in Barbados in Just a Few Days

I always get excited when it’s close to Barbados time – it’s like going home for me. 

I was reading over some of the past years’ blog posts and found that the images in some have a big black triangle.  I’m not sure what that’s about but if you click on that triangle, the picture will show up.

This will be our 15th year going to Barbados since we went for the first couple years to Coral Point, just up the coast.  So many memories, especially the ones from September 11, 2001.  Then there were the years that hurricanes almost hit, the year we met an “alien”, being on the Concorde, the horse races, the archeology at an old Jewish Synagogue, the beautiful flowers, the roti, last year when we had the big ceiling leak

The Countdown has begun!

Barbados

 

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