After spending two nights in the Niagara on the Lake region we took a shuttle from our hotel to Pearson Airport. Our flight took us through Barbados for a day, where we rented a little room on the beach and explored the surrounding area.
The shuttle picked us up from the hotel pretty early, but I love mornings (Davin not so much…) and it was nice to see the sunrise while we were driving. We also got to see some more of Ontario which was great as I haven’t had the opportunity to get out of the downtown core since we moved here. Growing up in B.C. and being so familiar with the province and general area, I remember saying to Davin, “we aren’t in B.C. anymore! Can you believe we live here now! Like, not just visiting!” LOL, I guess it takes me a while to warm up to things sometimes, but I am finally starting to settle into Toronto now, and it is starting to feel like home 🙂
We flew into the Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados. I love it when you land in a destination and get out of the plane right onto the tarmac! To me it just feels like you have ARRIVED when you board the plane in one location/climate/country/culture and get to step right off of it into something that is totally different! The airport was nice; small and open concept as many tropical airports are.
As we were there at the beginning of June, the country was gearing up for the Crop Over festival which begins in June and culminates in the big party on the first Monday in August. There were already lots of impressive headdresses decorating the airport and around the baggage pick up area. Pretty neat to fly into!
Barbados is also known for being more noticeably British and more conservative than the other islands in the West Indies and, although we were only there a short period of time, I did notice that it felt more “formal”. Also, LOOK AT THIS!!!
Having never been to a country where people drive on the left side of the road this really blew my mind! In the taxi on our way to the hotel I kept having minor panic attacks thinking that we were in the wrong lane and were about to be goners… Habits are strange things!! tee-hee!
The little bit that we saw of the island was really pretty and the people were exceptionally warm. I had always heard that Barbadians, or “Bajans” (pronounced like “Cajan” only with a “B”), as we were told by Chicken George Jr. (more on him later), were very hospitable, and from my experience this couldn’t be more accurate. Everyone we met were warm, proud of their culture and willing to share it with visitors. They also have a really cool flag! (Davin loves flags!)
The beaches were wonderful, um to say the least ;p
After soaking up some sun during the day, we were strolling along Accra beach and stumbled into a little cluster of huts selling food and drinks (mostly rum!). There we met Chicken George Jr., or Jason. He owns and runs his late father, Chicken George’s, grill and bar (which like I say is also a really quaint hut!). Jason was really hospitable, and as it was getting close to dinner time we thought we would start with some of the island’s famous rum punches, but careful they are potent! LOL 😀 And they were made deliciously at Chicken George and Sons. If we ever end up back in Barbados, we will definitely make a trip back to this little hut/bar.
After that we had dinner at the Chopping Block, which was close to the beach and had their delicious vegetarian chilli which was the daily dinner feature. Again, the staff was really friendly (notice a trend? ;p) and insisted that we take a loyalty card to come back, even though we told them we were leaving the next day!
After dinner we did a bit of exploring…
And look what we found! A little bit of Canada in Barbados ;p
Davin also went hunting geckos…
…No geckos were harmed! ;p
After a full day, we wrapped up our stay in Barbados and headed back to the hotel for our early flight to Martinique the next day 😀