All good things come to an end, I guess. The Angry Chef and I are getting ready to go to the airport in a few hours, with the windows wide open so we can enjoy the view, the sun and the sound of the waves as much as we can.
The past two weeks have been fantastic. I completely understand why people enjoy coming here. The island is beautiful, of course, but to be fair, that’s mostly geography.
What truly amazed us was how friendly and kind Barbadian people are. Some people warned us that Barbados was a bit of a stuffy place, so we were not expecting to feel at home. But we did.
Hotel staff and local people are happy that you’re here, and they want you to enjoy what the island has to offer. We received suggestions of places to visit from the hotel‘s lovely concierge Charlene, of course, but also from beach vendors, valets, waitresses, taxi drivers, and everyone in between. People want you to have a good time while you’re here. And they hope that you will come back. We were greeted in the street by local children playing and people sitting at the bus stop waiting to get to work. We decided to take the local buses to get around, and had people look after us and tell us where we were supposed to get off. People try to make a living selling local products, but all you have to do is say that you’re not interested (preferably with a smile), and they will leave you alone. If you have a sunburn, someone on the beach will offer to bring you fresh aloe (scrapped from inside the plant’s chubby leaves) in a small bottle of Mount Gay Rum. It may sound strange, but trust me, I’ve been there, and fresh aloe really does the job (it really kicked my moisturiser’s ass).
We had some amazing food while we were here, too. We also had a couple of bad experiences with restaurants, but to be fair, it would probably have been strange if we hadn’t.
I’ll definitely do a longer post with more detail, but for now, there’s nothing more to say other than thank you for reading, thank you Barbados, and goodbye!