Monkey Business in Barbados

August 23, 2019

They interfere with your crops, steal your food, throw things at you, and trespass on your property. They run around on your roof, tease your pets, and show up at your kitchen window, peering in expectantly. What are these furry little pests that have inundated Barbados with impish, out-of-place behaviour and dare to bite up […]

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Put Nutmeg in Your New Year

January 17, 2019

Originally written for Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine. Re-printed with permission. When you hear the word “nutmeg”, what do you think of? Sweet-smelling drinks and desserts? Deliciously earthy aromas floating through the kitchen? Maybe your tastebuds remember the slightly sharp, punchy taste after biting down on a ball of granules stuck together in your hot cereal. Likely. Probably unlikely to come to mind, […]

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The Dark Side of Spice

December 26, 2018

When I think of nutmeg, the sweet but slightly sharp, punchy taste that spiced up drinks, desserts and hot cereals in my childhood comes to mind. Not something I ever paid much attention to, it was always just there, like any other staple in any other West Indian household. This was until a recent trip […]

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The Pride and Prejudice of St. Lucian Creole

November 22, 2018

Originally written for Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine. Re-printed with permission. Bonjou. Non mwen se Val. Mwen sorte de St. Licie. Ké mon non ou?  The words roll off her tongue like the sparkling waterfalls cascading among glistening rocks in a secluded corner of her beloved countryside.  Her name is Valencha Charles and she comes […]

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Big Hearts + Cool Firsts = My Kuru Kururu

March 28, 2018

How did I end up spending a night in a small Guyanese village called Kuru Kururu? Simple. My neighbour wanted a tablet sent down for her granddaughter, so I offered to hop on a flight and take it down to her (she feared it would “go missing” if sent by air). A few minutes into […]

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Curaçao: 5 Days, 5 Ways

February 1, 2018

Originally written for Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine. Re-printed with permission. Curaçao. The word had only come to my ears once as a child when my mom mentioned something about the ABC islands. Other than that, I knew nothing of the place. So, when work called one day and said I’d have to cover some flights there […]

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Creoles of the Caribbean

January 31, 2018

Originally written for Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine. Re-printed with permission. In my travels across the Caribbean, I’ve often wondered why the accents across certain islands are so different despite their shared language. Why the sing-song of Trinidadian prose and playful ebbing and flowing of Virgin Islanders while the swift gallop of Jamaican Patois? Surely a similar […]

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Jammin’ Into the New Year

January 1, 2018

We’re now at the beginning of 2018 and what better way to send off the old year but on a Jammin‘ cruise? It’s about time I write something about these guys, since at one time I was cruising with them every month! Jammin‘ is one of many day cruise operators in Barbados, but sets itself […]

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Kalinago for a Day: Indigenous Dominica

November 26, 2017

Originally written for Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine. Re-printed with permission. Open your eyes. Needles of golden daylight pierce tiny spaces in the taboui roof, but dark blueness is still everywhere. Open your ears. The whistle of the crickets rises and falls in a rhythm, muted by roseaux leaves dancing in the wind’s occasional puffs. The hum […]

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Learn Latin Dance in SVG

October 29, 2017

The closure of LatinPassionSVG, St. Vincent’s first official Latin dance school, has paved the way for some exciting new options to learn Latin dance. Now, with 2 options on the mainland plus 1 on Bequia (and more to come in the other Grenadine islands), there’s no excuse not to get out there and try it. […]

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