Why only spend one day celebrating your birthday when you can do it twice as nice?
We celebrated Jess' birthday again [our first celebration was SUPing on Tuesday afternoon] on Calypso Cruises with a group of friends and I couldn't believe our luck with the weather! The day started off dark and stormy, but eventually the sun peaked through the clouds and gave us the perfect amount of rays. When you're used to sunshine every day, people start to panic when there's 'rainy' weather for more than a day...
Not only is this blog beautiful and inspirational, but Ellen does a great job of explaining and sharing information about all things raw and vegan. One such 'thing' was this article that will make you think differently about the dairy industry and drinking milk. As a Dutchie who is addicted to cheese and all things dairy, Ellen really hit a nerve [in a good way] by talking about the negative effects of milk on our bodies, the trauma cows experience when separated from their newborn calves and how each glass of milk, by USDA standards, is allowed up to one eye-dropper full of pus. Yes, pus. I'm looking at ways of living a healthier lifestyle right now, and this blog is giving me the inspiration boost I need to do just that.
Thankfully, Ellen rounds off the post with some recipes for delicious milk alternatives - Fresh coconut milk smoothie anyone?
The Travelettes are a group of female travelers, writers and photographers sharing their travel stories online. They come from all corners of the world and it is their goal to inspire, inform and motivate young women to travel more. Travelettes.net provides guidelines, tips and personal experiences on all things travel. The Travelettes are your girlfriends who have been there, done that, and are always happy to give advice. I recently joined their Facebook group and am already so inspired by the tips and stories being shared amongst the thousands of travel savvy ladies.
My friend Nikola, over at her blog Thirteen North, Fifty Nine West, shed some light on the sargassum seaweed situation in Barbados, following some social media frenzy after this photo was uploaded, showing one of our famous East Coast beaches completely covered in the 'weed'. This 'issue' has progressively gotten worse over the last few years and Nikola highlights the negative and positive impact of this visitor from the North. I've recently been discussing the idea of tackling this issue and am still baffled that nobody is seeing this seaweed problem as a social enterprise opportunity....Is anyone able to give a valid excuse for why it hasn't been done already? Anyone out there willing to get crackin' on this?
A few weeks ago, a Barbadian woman went missing on an average Friday afternoon. The community effort that followed over the weekend was intense and admirable, and the first time something of that magnitude took placein this island. The community came together through physical searching, flyering, traditional media and social media. Her flyer was 'shared' like wildfire and I'm pretty sure every single person on the rock knew about it within 12 hours. Luckily, she was discovered safe and sound 24 hours later. This post isn't about the search, but rather the social media flurry surrounding this incident.
This is the first time there's been any hint of a pulse on this blog in awhile and it's taken me a few attempts at writing this post because it's pretty personal. In the past, I wouldn't have written something like this, but I can't continue to blog if I can't be more real with the few people who read this space.
I've come to realise that taking a 'digital detox' has become somewhat of a pattern for me over the course of (almost) 5 years of blogging; I get really into it, then I stop posting altogether. My hiatus is then followed by a post explaining why I've been 'such a bad blogger'. This time, it was a bit different, and life got in the way of things.
What about a photo inspires you to love the world? I am so excited to see my photo of an unforgettable meal in Vietnam pop up on the BBC Travel 50 reasons to #Lovetheworld page! This is a really interesting project that the BBC recently launched: they asked a range of people, from writers and chefs to musicians and photographers, to share one experience that truly inspired them – something that, in no uncertain terms, reminded them why they love the world. Madly. Check out these amazing experiences & mind blowing travel photos and share the love!
My caption reads: Because they giggled at my blonde hair as I walked by, but then offered to share their lunch of boiled, seasoned snails with me once I stopped to inquire what it was that they were eating. This was one of the best meals I've ever had; their kindness was genuine and they were just as curious as I was.
We enjoyed an open air evening celebrating the performing arts at Holders Season last night and I had my first taste of Cajun music. The Holders Season is an annual International Arts Festival that has been running for 22 years and is hosted in the gardens of Holder's Plantation House. I've been fortunate enough to attend this event before and I absolutely love the opportunity to enjoy something different on this island, whilst still appreciating the fact that we can sit outside under a blanket of beautifully lit trees.
Chicken Rita's is family run, rum shop style restaurant located in Silver Sands with the best fried chicken in the island, hands down. They also have gizzards, chicken necks and livers, if you're into that sort of thing!