Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and all Angels Bridgetown
Anyone who has visited Barbados can testify to her sun-kissed beauty. For me, after months of non-stop researching and deciding on Barbados as the country I wanted to move to and at some point hopefully attain dual citizenship, I was finally here and I joined the Barbados lovers bandwagon.
Her turquoise blue waters laced with white sandy beaches, coconut trees that tower into the sky giving it a picturesque view, rocky east coast with high tide waves that splash back and forth with full force, eroding rocks that have stood firm for thousands of years on this island. Sugar cane plantations sprawled across the island remind you of the rich history that gave birth to the Bajan people and a culture founded on rum. Some call it paradise, others come and never want to leave…
I can truly say that Barbados is beautiful as nature made it, the Bajan people are very nice and will offer help without you asking for it. In the capital city of Bridgetown, roads are paved with old buildings painted in bold colors of orange, lime green, pink, blue giving the small town some character and just enough color to brighten up your day.
Alley off Broad street
The city centre on Broad street is pretty small and walkable with lots of duty-free shops, malls, restaurants, with small street vendors lined around Swan St. offering merchandise like coconut water, palmetto fruit, lots of plantain, fruits and veggies, clothing, jewellery amongst other things.
You can call me coconut girl (bought off Swan St.)
On Wharf road, you can see many boats docked on the water, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find rum-partying tourists probably drunk dancing and having an awesome time (video at the end of this post). Cruise ships come and go with tourists of all peoples getting off to explore the city rife with history albeit for a few hours.
Wharf road dock
I spent my first week in Barbados walking around Bridgetown to familiarise myself with the place, window shopping, figuring out the easiest way to move around without a car, understanding the bus routes and stations, finding the most affordable places to buy groceries and just being open to learning new things and getting to know the place I plan to live in for the next few years (fingers crossed).
The general vibe of Barbados is relaxed, easy going with 24/7 winds sent by god to make the scorching sun bearable and when it rains, you can smell the pleasant scent of the tropical rainforest in the air. The people are welcoming, the food is great, skies are blue and just the place to be. I’m hoping that the island life will be the life for me but we’ll see how this goes.
Video of rum drunk tourists partying on a boat lol
PS: If there’s a part of Barbados you’re interested in knowing about, let me know in the comments so I can write about it.
All photos and videos taken and created by me!