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Caribbean (June 9-21, 2006)


one of Barbados' many beautiful beaches

Our stop the following day was Barbados, where we had decided to rent a car. I found the day rather harrowing due to Steve's driving, mainly as he has never driven on the left before. The narrow roads made me feel that we were continually going to go off the road and hit something. Steve tended to drive fast, which took away from the enjoyment of the scenery and made it much harder to give correct directions based on the reasonably detailed but not entirely accurate road map we were supplied with.

It was not event-free, but we and other people and animals made it through the day unscathed. Don't look too closely at the car, though!

Especially at the bumper bar on the passenger side (who said I shouldn't have been scared?).....

In spite of that, we did enjoy a rum tour first thing in the morning at the Mt Gay rum factory on the outskirts of the capital of Bridgeport. A shame that we couldn't sample much, due to having to have our wits about us to drive and navigate. Steve bought a few bottles to take home.

With a Coffey (or continuous) still, the rum boils off a column, creating a purer distillate at the correct proof in one try than the old-fashioned copper pot stills where the process has to be performed twice.

The western (Caribbean Sea) coast is like something from a travel brochure, with its white sandy beaches and turquoise water .

We stopped at random, and stumbled onto this idyllic scene!

We made it over to the east (Atlantic Ocean) side, to Bathsheba, which is more like east coast Aussie beaches.

Swimming is not recommended at Bathsheba.

Ater that, I had a lot of trouble navigating us back to the Wildlife Preserve, but we made it eventually. There were deer, tortoises, an animal that was a cross between a kangaroo and a hare, caimans (they're like alligators) and green monkeys. We made sure to be there in the afternoon after monkey feeding time.

There are more turtles in the Wildlife Preserve than there are in the rest of Barbados!

Turning my life around.....