One day, we will make it to South America and to the
south of the equator. However, for now, this is the furthest south
that we've ever been. Barbados has a very strong British influence
and feels a little like
Jamaica since they both became independent at about the same time.
In previous vacations, we swam with
nurse sharks, and
sea lions. This time
we decided to check sea turtles off our list. It was a lot of fun.
The turtles are very docile. If they get too close, you just push
them on the shell and they swim away. After the turtle encounter, we
got to observe a sunken ship that is the base of a new reef. It
rained all morning and it wasn't much above 75 degrees. While that really
doesn't affect swimming, it really did make things miserable on our
excursion boat. Leigh Anne got too cold and really couldn't
warm up. So Sarah, Lee and I went into town, walked around
parliament, and ate flying fish sandwiches (the local specialty).
The Parliament in Barbados is the third longest sitting government body in
North America. It first convened in 1639. Across from
Parliament is a statute of Admiral Nelson. It was dedicated about
eight years after his death and predates the famous
in London by about thirty years.
One thing I'll mention about Barbados is that they have
fantastic rum cakes. I frequently bring back Tortuga Rumcakes for
people. I ran across a company called
Cakes while in Barbados. They have great flavor and were very
reasonable. My favorite was the lemon ginger.