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Credits Publisher – Vivian-Anne Gittens (246) 430-5425 EDITORIAL Publication Editor – Hermina Charlery Graphic Design – Randy Phillips - Imageworx Contributing Writers: Hermina Charlery, Damien Pinder, Mikul Elcock, Denyce Blackman, Cheryl Harewood, Amanda Haynes, Tamesha Doughty Contributing Photographers: Amery Butcher, Mikul Elcock, Basil Griffith, Insight Digital, Celso H. Brewster, Marcille Haynes ADVERTISING Advertising Manager – Paulette Jones (246) 430-5412 Sales Executives – Alison Licorish (246) 430-5552/ (246) 234-5378 Rohnelle Primus (246) 430-5579 (246) 263-8109 DISTRIBUTION Circulation Manager – Edmund Holder (246) 430-5500 Circulation Executive – Goldburn Weekes (246) 430-5501 MARKETING Head of Marketing and Communications – Valerie Hope PRINTERS Printweb Caribbean Ltd (246) 434-6719/ (246) 467-2895/ (246) 434-6713 Explore Our Isle Barbados is produced by The Nation Publishing Co. Limited; a subsidiary of The Nation Corporation, which is a member of the One Caribbean Media (OCM) group of companies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this magazine is accurate. However, the Nation Publishing Co. Limited cannot be held responsible for any consequences that may arise from any errors or omissions. This publication cannot be copied in whole or in part without explicit permission from the publisher.

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Contents From Bout Hey Calendar of Events

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Culture 14 Set Apart . . . Naturally 16 Windows To Our Past 18 We Culture, So Diverse 20 At Your Service 22

Shopping 24 Sun, Sea Sand and Shopping 26

Real Estate 28 Your Very Own Piece of Paradise 30

Cuisine 32 Grocery Shopping In Barbados Island Dining Taste of Barbados Spice so Nice

34 36 38 40

Activities 42 Dive to Discover Perfect Weather for Outdoor Play Also Known as the Beach Wuh Happenin’ In Bim That Special Church Island Directory Bajanisms

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Welcome

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ell hello there, dear visitor. . . Welcome to our idyllic Barbados where you’ll enjoy 166 square miles of stunning

paradise! On our shores you’ll find an honesty, playfulness, warmth and independence that defines the spirit of a nation, and an awe-inspiring natural environment. These are our communities, our city, our people and our island and it is to these that Explore Our Isle Barbados wishes to introduce you. Your personal copy of Explore will serve as a treasured repository of information showcasing much of what we offer to ensure your stay is a most memorable and fun filled one. Meet our extraordinary people and learn about our unique history in the pages of Culture, be guided through your shopping experience with the options found in Shopping and find out how you can acquire your very own piece of paradise in our Real Estate section. Each month in Barbados is actionpacked with fun and exciting things to do, experience and enjoy – festivals, exhibitions, many sporting activities and loads of fun and laughter – there’s never a dull moment! Whether you’re here on vacation, to get married, for a honeymoon, or to attend one of our annual events, there’s something for everyone on this fair isle; find it in the pages of Activities. Amidst the splendour, you mustn’t forget to eat! With a variety of world-class

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restaurants to choose from, you can tempt your palate with savoury samplings of our very distinct cuisine, which you will learn more about in the Cuisine section. However you chose to explore our island, Barbados has it all and we’re more than excited to guide you with Explore Our Isle Barbados, so go on, relax and delve into paradise . . . Hermina Charlery Editor


From Bout Hey

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s her biography on MTV’s website suggests, Rihanna is arguably the most dynamic, controversial, popular female phenomenon since Madonna. More interestingly, she’s the only one with a Barbadian accent. Before the superstar status, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was a girl from the parish of St. Michael who loved to sing. The ups and downs of her childhood – the downs mostly revolving around her parents’ turbulent marriage – are now media fodder, but the reality was unfolding as Robyn attended the Charles F. Broome Primary School with her younger brothers. She then attended The Combermere Secondary School, winning the secondary school’s pageant in 2004. This wasn’t the tip of the iceberg – in late 2003 a friend introduced her to record producer Evan Rogers. A year later she moved to Connecticut to work with Rogers on her career and by 2005 she signed to renowned rapper Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter’s Def Jam record label. And that’s when Robyn Fenty’s journey to Rihanna really catapulted. From her debut hit single “Pon de Replay” in 2005 to “Diamonds” in 2012, popular monikers of the 24 year old have eclipsed the generic “Bohemian beauty/ Bronze goddess” title. As her fans (a.k.a the RihannaNavy) would say, she is “Riri, Bajan superstar”. That fact was resplendent in 2010. It was the leg of her LOUD tour held at Barbados’ Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, a performance which could be heard from her childhood home a few streets away. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the woman gracing magazine covers such as Vogue and GQ was born and bred in a tiny Caribbean island. That is, until

you remember/discover the Barbadian government named her Youth and Cultural Ambassador of the nation in 2008. So it’s not surprising to spot her: revelling in costume at Grand Kadooment (a carnival which marks the climax of Barbados’ Crop Over season), or making a three year deal with the Barbados Tourism Authority to promote the island, or donating US$ 1.75 million to Barbados’ Queen Elizabeth Hospital, or walking along local shopping hubs such as Swan Street in the island’s capital city, or – you get the picture. As she said in a recent interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter, Barbados is “home, sweet home”. Rihanna’s lifestyle challenges popular ideas of an island girl, but there’s no doubt she’s ‘from bout hey’. 5


My Barbados

My Barbados - Renee Ratcliffe

Renee Radcliffe and her kiddies’ band

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enee Ratcliffe is a qualified designer whose talent one can see displayed in the vibrant colours, exotic feathers and other materials of fantasy she uses to create her Mas costumes during Crop Over each year. The happily married mother of two is as quirky and colourful as the unique works that she designs and she wants to share her Barbados with you. Her work transcends boundaries on many levels since she refuses to stick to one particular medium or set convention. Hello, lovely visitor, I am Renee Ratcliffe and I’m delighted to share with you 166 square miles of splendid paradise . . . welcome! 6

This is my home, it is where my twin boys were born, where most of my family is, and where I create Mas every year – it is My Barbados. Born to a Barbadian father and Puerto Rican mother in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, I moved to Barbados at 11 years old and grew up in the lively parish of Christ Church on the South Coast. You’ll love the South Coast. There are so many fun and exciting things to share with you on the South Coast. You must visit the fishing community Oistins, especially for the fish fry on a Friday night. It’s hopping then, with lots of laughing and wukking-up – our Bajan


term for whining. There are lots of vendors offering a variety of fare, including several types of fish – tuna, swordfish, flying fish, marlin and mahi-mahi – that you can choose to have grilled or fried. Beach lovers will enjoy the clear waters of Accra Beach in Worthing, Christ Church. Shake out your beach towel and soak up all the sun you want. You’ll find perfect conditions for surfing, especially for a beginner, at the scenic Freights Beach, Enterprise, also in Christ Church. The tide is ideal for paddle-boarding too. English visitors will enjoy our drive-in theatre, the only open-air cinema on the island. Find it in Christ Church also, only minutes away from the Sheraton Shopping Mall. For daytime fun, the Boatyard on Bay Street is pretty awesome. There is a rope swing, an iceberg and lots of deck chairs to sit back and relax in – a great place for family fun! For a truly unique experience I recommend visiting our biggest tourist attraction, Harrison’s Cave in St. Thomas. Your trip to Barbados won’t be complete until you’ve seen it. During the month of March, polo is a must. Be sure to ask your concierge about it. I know that you’re excited to begin exploring our isle, but before you leave Barbados I want to extend an invitation to come back in the summer to celebrate with us the biggest festival of the year, Crop Over. The festival is a celebration of our history and culture, beginning in June and ending with a climax – Grand Kadooment, in August. You’ll enjoy seeing the large costumed bands depicting various themes parade along a designated route. Look out for my costume designs; it will be the band with the biggest explosion of colour! The party doesn’t stop at the parade, it continues late into the evening as revellers and spectators enjoy the last lap of the festival. Come as a spectator and treat your eyes to a kaleidoscope of colour or join my band and let the party spirit take over. These are pieces of My Barbados that I would like to share with you; do enjoy and I can’t wait to see you again, at Mas 2013.

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Renee Radcliffe with her twin boys

Renee’s Bajan Favourites Dish: Fish cakes Expression: Cheese on bread! meaning “oh, shucks” or “come on!” Beach: Freights beach in Enterprise, Christ Church Saying: As lost as a fart in a cane-bottom chair, used when lost. Dish to Cook: Corn pie. Mix together 2 cans of regular corn, 1 can of creamed corn, a dash of vanilla, a couple teaspoons of sugar and a couple teaspoons of cheese, a bit of flour and place into the oven until it goes nice and brown. 7


Calendar Of Events

FEBRUARY

Every Wednesday

Barbados National Trust Open House Programme Plantation Theatre Roots and Rhythm

Every Friday

Plantation Theatre Roots and Rhythm

Fri. 1

Thurs. 7 Jolly Roger Taste of the Caribbean Dinner Dance Show and Cruise at Carlisle House,

MARCH

Sat. 9

Harrison’s Cave Walk-In Tour

Every Sunday Hike Barbados Transport Board Sunday Scenic Bus Tour

Sat. 9

Regional First Class Cricket Barbados vs Jamaica at the 3Ws Oval

Every Wednesday

Sat. 2

Sandy Lane Gold Cup, Barbados Turf Club First Horse Racing Season at the Historic Garrison Savannah

Sun. 3

The Garrison Historic Tour at George Washington House

Wed. 6

Caribbean Fine Arts Fair at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre

Oistins Fish Fry

Barbados National Trust Open House Programme Plantation Theatre Roots and Rhythm

Every Friday

Plantation Theatre Roots and Rhythm Oistins Fish Fry

Every Sunday Hike Barbados Transport Board Sunday Scenic Bus Tour

Thurs. 7 Jolly Roger Taste of the Caribbean Dinner Dance Show

Every Wednesday

Mon. 1

Oistins Fish Festival 2013

Sat. 6

Harrison’s Cave Walk-In Tour

Barbados National Trust Open House Programme

APRIL

Plantation Theatre Roots and Rhythm Every Friday

Plantation Theatre Roots and Rhythm

Tues. 16 Polo Event – Lion Castle Brazil Tour Thurs. 18 2013 Regional Super50 Cricket Semi-Final 1 at Kensington Oval

Oistins Fish Fry Fri. 19 Every Sunday Hike Barbados Transport Board Sunday Scenic Bus Tour

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A Tour of the Garrison Historic Area at George Washington House

2013 Regional Super50 Cricket Semi-Final 2 at Kensington Oval


Sun. 10

Holetown Festival

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Fri. 15

Regional First Class Cricket – Barbados vs Guyana at the 3Ws Oval

The National Agricultural Exhibition at Queens Park, Bridgetown

Fri. 22

Gun Hill by Moonlight Cocktail Party at Gun Hill

Sun. 17

Barbados Horticultural Society 2013 Open Gardens Programme at 12 Sugar Hill,

Signal Station

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Sun. 24 Regional Super50 Cricket – Barbados vs CCC at 3Ws Oval

Thurs. 21 Harrison’s Cave Eco-Adventure Tour

Wed. 27 Regional First Class Cricket – Barbados vs CCC at 3Ws Oval

and Cruise at Carlisle House, Bridgetown Sat. 9

Harrison’s Cave Walk-In Tour

Sat. 9

Holders Season of performing Arts 2013 at Holders House

Cricket – Barbados vs Windward Islands at Kensington Oval Sat. 23

Strictly Latin 2013 – Dance Competition at Garfield Sobers Gymnasium

Tues. 12 International Cricket – West Indies vs Zimbabwe 1st Test Match at Kensington Oval

Thurs. 28 Jolly Roger Taste of the Caribbean Dinner Dance Show and Cruise at Carlisle House, Bridgetown

Thurs. 21 2013 Regional Super50

Sat 30

Oistins Fish Festival 2013

Sat. 20 Harrison’s Cave Walk-In Tour Sun. 21 2013 Regional Super50 Cricket Final at Kensington Oval Thurs. 25 Hike Barbados: Gun Hill – Moonlight at 6:00 p.m.

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Sat. 21

Barbados Reggae Festival

Sat. 27 Harrison’s Cave Walk-In Tour Sat. 27 2013 Regional First Class Cricket – Semi Finals

Format: Date, Event, Location

Public Holidays are indicated in red*

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My Stay

NAME: Ricardo Thamir COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Brazil NUMBER OF VISITS: 1st LOVES: Beaches are impressive, it’s a colour I’ve never seen before. RATING: 8 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Being on the beach with my family.

NAME: James Amar COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England NUMBER OF VISITS: 2nd LOVES: Great weather RATING: 9 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Oistins fish-fry.

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NAME: Peter Golder COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Britian NUMBER OF VISITS: 30 LOVES: Sea/beach and rum RATING: 8 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Going out on a boat trip and swimming with the turtles.

NAME: Fiancé COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Britian NUMBER OF VISITS: 1st LOVES: Weather RATING: 8 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Getting married in a few days.


NAME: Fiancé COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Britian NUMBER OF VISITS: 1st LOVES: Great people, great food RATING: 8 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Our wedding in a few days.

NAME: Colin COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Britian NUMBER OF VISITS: 5th or 6th LOVES: Beaches RATING: 8 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Catamaran cruise.

NAME: Kate COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Britian NUMBER OF VISITS: 1st LOVES: Weather RATING: 8 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Swimming with the turtles.

NAME: Rosemary & David Bannister COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Britian & Barbados NUMBER OF VISITS: About 20 times LOVES: Weather RATING: 20 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES: Swimming with the turtles.

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Barbados Attraction Guide: Sir Grantley Adams statue

The Grantley Adams statue on Bay Street

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he Sir Grantley Adams statue is situated on the manicured lawns at the entrance to Government Headquarters. There it stands erect, keeping a watchful eye over the Bay Street Esplanade. The monument immortalizes, in physical form, a collective appreciation of the numerous achievements that Adams accomplished in his many years of service to Barbados. Born April 28, 1898, Adams was the first Premier of Barbados; a post similar to Prime Minister for nations who were still colonized by the British. The title of Premier was discontinued in 1966 after Barbados gained its Independence. However, as fate would have it, his influence in politics was not only strong on the people but on his son J.M.G.M “Tom” Adams, who went on to become the second Prime Minister of Barbados. The sculpture was unveiled in 1999 on what would be his 100th birthday and was the inaugural National Heroes Day. The 12

statue is made of bronze and was designed by Karl Broodhagen. A lawyer by profession, Sir Grantley Adams lobbied relentlessly for improved working conditions and wages for workers. He was so revered by his fellow government leaders and the populace across the entire Caribbean that when the regional governmental alliance known as the West Indies Federation was formed, he became the first and only Prime Minister in its four-year existence. As a youngster growing up, the brother of six siblings would have his secondary education at the most prestigious school on the island, Harrison College. It is here that this bright lad showcased his genius which saw him winning a Barbados scholarship in 1918, and this afforded him the opportunity to get an Oxford University education. Adams, one of ten national heroes, also helped found the Barbados Labour Party, then known as the Barbados Progressive League. This political party was formed one year after Clement Payne, also a national hero, was ousted from the island by the plantocracy, after civil unrest in the fight for unionism, social reform, better conditions and wages for workers. In addition to lobbying for Payne’s return to the island, he supported and promoted many of the same ideas that Payne did. Also primarily responsible for women’s


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The Grantley Adams International airport

suffrage, he formed the Barbados Workers’ Union in 1941 and was its president until 1954. The Workers Union still functions today as it agitates for the solving of labour disputes, often between employee and employer. He was also elected to the Caribbean Labour Congress as president, and helped bring to fruition the formation of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. To give a tangible representation of the reach and importance of Adams’

contribution to Barbadian society, it is important to note that his features adorn the island’s highest banknote, the $100 bill, which is informally called “a Sir Grantley” by locals. In addition, there is the Grantley Adams school and the Grantley Adams International Airport which are named for his contributions to Barbados. He died on November 28, 1971, at the age of 73 and was buried at St. Michael’s Cathedral, in The City. His residence Tyrol Cot is currently open to the public.

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Stations of the Cross on Good Friday 14

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Easter In Barbados

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reparation for the season includes locals listening intently for the cry “Fish, fish get your flying fish!” from vendors as an indication that the delicacy is on sale for inclusion on their meal for Good Friday and even Easter Sunday. Fish is essential for the season since other meats are not commonly used during this period. Hot cross buns, also known as Easter buns, spiced with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and filled with raisins, currents and dried fruit, and topped with cheddar cheese or icing in the shape of a cross are also purchased. With the Barbadian population being predominantly Christian, many locals go to their respective churches to give thanks for the life of Jesus Christ and commemorate his crucifixion and resurrection. Some locals engage in foot washing and partake of the sacraments associated with the Christian celebration while wearing dark-coloured clothing.

Additionally, the rule that one should avoid going to beaches on Good Friday because it yields “bad luck” has been relaxed in recent times. Easter in Barbados is a highlight for many children since they eagerly anticipate buying or making kites in various shapes, sizes and colours. Although some prefer to let their kites take flight in and around their neighbourhoods, gathering at the Garrison Savannah on Easter Monday to exhibit kite flying skills adds to family fun. While the reason for the activity at this time of the year is unclear, some say that it symbolizes the risen Christ. Also, locals and visitors alike venture to the South Coast to enjoy the music, crafts, food and fun offered by the Oistins Fish Festival which celebrates the contribution made to the island by people in the local fishing industry. With all of these activities, Easter in Barbados is guaranteed to be a unique experience! 15


Culture

The Bridgetown Port

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arbados is located at latitude 13.1 degrees north and longitude 59.3 degrees west. At this position, it is the most easterly Caribbean island. It is 21 miles (34 km) long, 14 miles (23 km) wide at its widest part, and has a total area of 166 square miles (431 sq. km). Barbados is in the -5.00 Greenwich Mean Time Zone. The island is divided into 11 parishes: St. Lucy, St. Peter, St. Andrew, St. James, St. Thomas, St. Joseph, St. Michael, St. George, St. John, Christ Church and St. Philip. All of these parishes, with the exception of St. George and St. Thomas are bordered by the sea. Generally flat along the coast with an increase in altitude as one moves inland, Barbados’ highest point is Mount Hillaby in St. Andrew, which stands 1, 104 feet (336 m) 16

above sea level. The island’s population of over nearly 282,000 is blessed with a tropical climate. The average temperature of 26.1 degrees Celcius (79 degrees Fahrenheit is maintained by over 3000 hours of sunshine each year and the north-east trade winds, which vary between 6miles per hour (10 kilometres per hour) and 9 mph (15 km/h) all year round. The lowest temperatures occur between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during late December and January. The sun is hottest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and this can raise the temperature as high as 31 degrees C during the dry season and summer months. The wet season coincides with the Atlantic hurricane season (June to October). The average rainfall is between 40 inches (1,000 millimeters) and 50 inches

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The eastern coastline

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(1,250 mm). Fortunately, Barbados has generally been spared the ravages of hurricanes within the last century. On September 22, 1955, the island recorded its worst hurricane within the last 58 years, when hurricane Janet caused tremendous damage. Prior to that, there had been a devastating hurricane in the late 19th century. Barbados has four towns. These are Bridgetown (the capital), which is located in St. Michael, Oistins in Christ Church, Holetown (formerly Jamestown), in St. James, and Speightsown in St. Peter. There is one seaport that handles all of the island’s international shipping and serves as the port of entry for cruise ships. The Deep Water Harbour can be found in the capital while the Grantley Adams International Airport is in Christ Church. These facilities rank among the best in the Caribbean.

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Culture

Nidhe Israel Synagogue

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arbados has a rich history and has preserved and restored many of its historic buildings. Visit a plantation house for a trip back in time, see the towering lighthouses that once led ships to safety or explore the historic towns that are an important part of our past and present.

Bridgetown Jewish Synagogue – Synagogue Lane, Bridgetown: Built in (1654), it was destroyed by hurricane in 1831, was rebuilt, fell into disrepair and was sold in 1929. In 1983, it was bought back by the Jewish community.

Codrington College – St. John: Sitting high on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Codrington College offers one of the most spectacular views of the East Coast of Barbados. The oldest Anglican theological college in the Western Hemisphere, it was built in 1743.

George Washington House – Bush Hill, St. Michael: When George Washington and his brother spent two months in Barbados in 1751, he stayed at a property which was later named after him.

Here are some of the historic places you can visit while spending time on our beautiful island: •

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Arlington House Museum – Speightstown, St Peter: An interactive three-storey museum that is both educational and engaging. Barbados Museum and Historical Society – The Garrison, St. Michael: Home of the former British military prison.

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Windows to Our Past


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Codrington College in St John

Commonwealth.

See how this property looked back then by visiting this house. •

Grenade Hall Forest and Signal Station – Both history and nature lovers will appreciate a visit to Grenade Hall, an attraction that combines a restored historic signal station and a natural forest.

Main Guard House – The Garrison Savannah, St. Michael: The Caribbean is still full of secrets. One recently revealed is that Barbados has the rarest collection of 17th century English iron cannons. Visit and see for yourself.

Morgan Lewis Mill – St. Andrew: Morgan Lewis is one of the only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. The other is at Betty Hope’s Estate on a sister island, Antigua. Parliament Buildings – Bridgetown: City: Parliament Buildings of are located at the top of Broad Street. The Barbados Parliament was established in 1639 and is the thirdoldest Parliament in the entire

The East Point Lighthouse located at Ragged Point (the most easterly point of Inside the Nidhe Israel Museum the island): offers a spectacular view of the rugged East Point coastal scenery almost along the entire East Coast of Barbados. This is one of four lighthouses on the island, the others located at South Point, Needhams Point and Harrison Point.

Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum– Portvale, St. James: This museum is a permanent record of how sugar was produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Sunbury Plantation House – Sunbury, St. Philip: Discover the fascinating history of this historic great house dating back to 1660!

Tyrol Cot – Codrington Hill, St. Michael: Tyrol Cot, constructed in 1854, was the home of Sir Grantley Adams, the first Premier of Barbados and the only Prime Minister of the now defunct Federation of the West Indies. The home is also the birthplace of his son, Tom Adams the second Prime Minister of Barbados. 19


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We Culture, So Diverse

and “other’”as 0.2%. This paints a picture of descendants of a formerly West African enslaved population, descendants of a mostly British planter class and British/ Irish indentured servants and a noticeable Asian presence. Later stats suggest about 90% of Bajans are of African and mixed descent. Europeans from Britian and Ireland, Asians – mostly Chinese and Indians (Hindu and Muslim) – and Lebanese/Syrian Arabs account for the remainder of the 281,968 population. The Indo-Guyanese population is especially noticeable due to the boom in Guyanese to Barbados migration in the past decade. But, you also have to account for the legacy of the indigenous Lokono-Arawak and Karifuna-Carib tribes that inhabited the island before European settlement. Living culture can’t be limited

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arbados’ 166 square miles pack a surprisingly diverse punch. In addition to the changing landscape as one travels from one end of the island to the after, Barbadian culture is not as homogenous as it seems at first glance. A mix of West African and European heritage is most significant via popular local language. Despite Standard English being the official language, the sound and semantics of the local Bajan dialect voices this mixed inheritance. Largely thanks to Barbadian superstar Rihanna, it’s an accent that has become quite recognizable to the international community – but that doesn’t mean it’s familiar. According to a 2000 census, 93% of Barbadians classify as black, 3.2% as white, 2.6% as mixed, 1% as East Indian,


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Diversity in The City

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Culture

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his idyllic tropical retreat is full of characters and as a repeat visitor, you know this is true; but if it’s your first time here, you’re in for a pleasant cultural awakening and a variety of characters. Below, meet some of the unique and friendly people who wait to serve you with warm smiles and easy conversation. The fruit/vegetable vendor – Through sales pitches filled with quick rhythmic and lyrical wit to sell their produce, these vendors can be found at the Cheapside Market and the Fairchild Street Market in Bridgetown while outside The City, there is the Oistins Market, Eagle Hall Market and Six Roads Market. With their colourful selection of produce, scales and clear plastic bags, it is not uncommon for the fruit/vegetable vendor to work six-days a week from sunrise until sunset. They never sell one thing but rather a variety of fruit and vegetables such as mangoes, tomatoes, potatoes, apples, grapes,

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strawberries, soursops, avocados, and plenty more. The sno-cone vendor – Sno-cone salesmen are abundant in Bridgetown and at other major gatherings. They often announce their presence by sounding hand-held squeeze-horns. Their trade is shaved ice drizzled with syrups ranging from artificial flavours to natural flavours and colours such as tamarind and coconut. Most of them use modified bicycles with bottles of syrup in a tray attached to the front of the cart that is usually surrounded by honeybees. $1.50 to $2.00 will get you one of these tasty treats. Arts and crafts vendor – Looking for a handcrafted hat, belt, pair of shoes, necklace, band, ring, or even woven faux dreadlocks? These are the right guys for you. They have stalls set up with their art and craft pieces on display along the streets but more popularly in their haven, the Pelican Village. The pieces are made

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At Your Service: Meet . . .


from a variety of materials with the most popular being leather, brass, string, nylon and beads.

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Fish vendor

Coconut vendor

Sno-cone vendor

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Fish vendors – Fish vendors usually create an extremely loud environment; this is because with the confined area and competition from the other vendors, a loud voice is often what sets one stall apart from the next. Dolphin fish, tuna, marlin and plenty more varieties of maritime delicacies are sold fresh off of the boat in a number of markets across the island including the Oistins Fish Market, Speightstown Fish Market and the most popular, Bridgetown Fish Market.

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Coconut men – You will see them in abundance plying their trade on the busy highways or other high-traffic areas. They traditionally use carts, but in modern times, more and more use flatbed trucks. Placing the fruit in their palm, the top is swiftly sliced with a cutlass in a brief show of impressive skill. They’re identified by their bare backs and the countless coconut husks arround them.

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Great Deals, Great Service

Handcrafted fish bowls at Shamane’s in The City

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he most prolific treasures may be the handcrafted items you can find both in City stores or at such places as Pelican village, located about eight minutes’ walk from Broad Street; Dover Craft Market situated at Dover, Christ Church, or the many vendors who ply their trade on our beaches. If you’re looking for duty-free items, a wide selection of jewellery, watches and gemstones are featured in stores in Bridgetown stores, including Diamonds International, Little Switzerland and the Royal Shop. In addition, you can purchase works by Barbados’ leading artists as well as up-andcoming artists at galleries across the island.

Bridgetown, can sometimes prove to be busy but if you don’t feel like rubbing shoulders and long to get away from the hustle and bustle, visit Holetown and Speightstown, both in the north of the island. You’ll still get your fair share of deals and steals. Shopping in Barbados is fun and storeowners, particularly those in Swan Street, The City, are always willing to lower their prices to ensure that you go home with a bargain. You’ll be quite happy with your purchases and the service. Remember, if you’re buying duty-free items, you must have your passport with you. Have a great shopping experience and enjoy all that Barbados has to offer. 25


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Sun, Sea, Sand and Shopping

West Coasts. Outside Bridgetown, you can select special souvenirs and gift items islandwide, including from the island’s second largest town – Speightstown, St. Peter. This charming seaside town with a distinct architectural heritage offers plenty of stores and casual restaurants serving hearty local food. At Holetown, St. James, you can also find varied shopping outside Bridgetown. Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church, on the South Coast carry and extensive range of merchandise. You can shop to your heart’s content at many of the shopping plazas and fine boutiques along this coast, or head over to one of the Malls where you can do all of your shopping under one roof. Of course, nothing beats shopping on the beach. Along the South Coast, beach shopping can be a great adventure, with vendors selling a selection of beach and casual clothing, art, craft and souvenirs. With so many options for shopping, you’ve probably already discovered that Barbados is truly a shopper’s paradise. Have fun while you shop.

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n Barbados, you can explore the Caribbean’s finest selection of dutyfree shopping. The island is home to world-class retailers offering top quality merchandise at prices some 30 to 50% less than those found in Europe or North America. Stores range from casual to elegant, air conditioned to open-air – making shopping a real pleasure. Friendly, courteous salespeople add a traditional Bajan charm to island shopping. Best bets include fine jewellery, watches, crystal, fragrances, cameras and audio equipment, leather goods, local crafts and more. All tax-free stores offer free delivery service to the airport or harbour, and most tax-free services can also be handed over the counter upon presentation of your airline ticket and passport. Department stores also offer leading designer names and famous makers. You wouldn’t want to miss all this – and more. Our island is world-renowned for its abundance of quality duty-free jewellery and gemstones. You can explore exquisite collections at quite a number of stores located in The City and on the South and


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More than Sun, Sea and Surf

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f you thought of Barbados as the place to enjoy exotic sun, sea, and surf then yes, it is. It’s a tropical paradise. But the island is more than luxurious breezes, constant sunshine and abundant beauty. A haven of economic, social and political stability, with a high per capita income of US$ 13,453 and almost half a million tourist arrivals annually, Barbados was ranked at an impressive fourth within the Latin America/Caribbean region in The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013. Besides being the home of singing sensation Rihanna, the island’s “safe” Caribbean reputation has contributed immensely to a significant increase in flight

arrivals, rapid economic growth and offshore facilities, making it an excellent location for investment. Construction of new hotels, housing complexes and development, as well as tourism infrastructures are indicators of the thriving economy. Those wishing to invest and do business in Barbados are welcome to evaluate the opportunities and consider capitalizing on the tax advantages, strong human capital and continued economic growth for financial rewards. The Barbados Chamber of Commerce or Government-sponsored investment agency Invest Barbados provides extensive information on setting up a business in Barbados. 29


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Accra Beach, Christ Church

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n exceptional vacation packed with breathtaking moments can have an irresistible effect on many people. And if you happen to be one of them, there’s always a piece of this Caribbean gem that you can call your own. Barbados is an excellent location to invest in real estate, especially for those seeking rental yields, because you get the best of both worlds – a luxurious haven to escape to when you want, and the rental return when you can’t be here. Properties for sale are as varied as the ones for short-term stays and include stunning options on either the West, East, South or North coasts of the island. Easy, breezy East Coast – perfect for those looking for an authentic island lifestyle, the

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wild and rugged East Coast comprises four parishes of green rolling hils: St. Philip, St. John, St. Joseph and St. Andrew. Still unspoilt by development, property there offers residents the warmth and security characteristic of small environments. Architecture and design provide a “rustic chic” feel created by a combination of wooden details, inlaid stone and polished concrete, while décor embraces the laidback charm and simplicity of country homes. You’ll find absolute solitude and peace amidst the unparalleled beauty on the eastern coastline. Glam of the West – intensely developed and largely luxurious, the West Coast of Barbados is fittingly referred to as the platinum coast. Renowned for its golden

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The beautiful East Coast

sands, calm waters and high-profile celebrities who visit all year round, the West Coast extends from the parish of St. James through St. Peter. You’ll find this side littered with five star hotels, fine restaurants, and stores offering the best in designer wear. From premium beachfront property to small intimate townhouses, condos or mansions, life on the platinum coast is a glam affair. Northern Gem – at the northernmost point of Barbados you’ll find the smallest as well as the most rural coast, in the parish of St. Lucy. Rockier than the other coasts, this side of the island is well known for its panoramic and breathtaking views. The Jiving South – Also known as the

“fun coast”, Barbados’ South Coast is where the action is. Some of the island’s more popular beaches – Miami, Accra and Brown’s beach – are found in St. Michael and Christ Church, with a smattering of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and malls in the latter. Housing options include condos, villas and beachfront property as well as family homes, all a stone’s throw away from the best that the South has to offer. Whether a small villa or luxurious mansion with breathtaking panoramic sea views, purchasing a home in Barbados will be fun and exciting. Just imagine, in a matter of months you could have your very own tropical paradise to escape to! 31


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Delicious mahi-mahi

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eafood is a staple, and local fishermen provide a great variety of regional fish – including snapper, dolphin fish (also known as mahi-mahi), and many types of shellfish. Additionally, flying fish is featured on the vast majority of menus. This treat, a national favourite, can be served in many ways. Locals enjoy “cutters” which are large flying fish sandwiches, plus cheesecutters, chicken or hamcutters. Flying fish and cou cou, a dish that consists of cornmeal and okra topped with a spicy blend of tomatoes, onions and peppers, is the country’s national dish. Other favourites include a Bajan “pepperpot”, a hearty stew made of oxtail and beef simmered in a very rich, spicy gravy, as well as milder options like “conkies”, a blend of

cornmeal, coconut, pumpkin, raisins, sweet potato and spices steamed inside a banana leaf. Not to be outdone, the drinks available on the island are also unique and flavourful. One of the most popular concoctions is “Falernum”, a liqueur comprised of rum, sugar, lime, and almond essence. “Mauby”, a nonalcoholic alternative, is made by boiling and straining a local bark. Once sweetened, it tastes like a very potent sarsaparilla. This drink, like many others, is sold in supermarkets as syrup to which water is added. So while you feast your eyes on the beauties gifted us by Mother Nature, stop at a roadside eatery and treat your stomach to a taste of the island’s unique cuisine – as you Explore Our Isle Barbados.

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ou’re here, you’re settled and everybody’s accounted for. Still, there’s one thing you forgot amidst planning for snorkelling, calculating bus fare and buying a few bottles of sun tan lotion. Food. You may be so lucky as to stay in an all-inclusive hotel, negating the need for a supermarket run, but otherwise you may need these helpful tips for grocery shopping in Barbados! •

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Most food items sold in Barbados are imported. As a result of this, duties and taxes are added. It’s possible that food prices may be a bit more expensive than what you are accustomed to, depending on where you are from. A super tip for outsmarting that oh-

so-clever cash register is doing what budget-conscious Barbadian shoppers do: BUY LOCAL! •

Some supermarkets will take cash (usually Barbados and US dollars), credit and debit cards. Others allow the use of cheques. Be sure to check before filling up your cart.

As a rule of thumb, small minimarts or convenience stores tend to take cash only. However, a few take debit cards. Be sure to ask if unsure.

If presenting a cheque or using a debit or credit card, you will be required to present a photo ID (passport, preferably).

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Both local and imported goods available for purchse

Supermarkets are dotted liberally throughout the length and breadth of the island, so one is guaranteed never to be too far away from the convenient supermarket option. However, the density decreases in rural areas, although you’ll still find many small variety shops.

For fresh produce, it’s best to go straight to the source. Head to Cheapside Market in the capital, Bridgetown to buy vegetables, fruit and spices straight from farmers.

Local supermarkets offer chicken, lamb, pork, ham and turkey. A wide range of fish is found in our frozen food sections but, just like vegetables, it’s better fresh. Check out Speightstown, Paynes Bay and Oistins for the bestknown fish markets.

Regardless of where you choose to shop, try something new! Although you may find your home comforts of crisps, cereals and ice cream, experiment with local flavours and incorporate it into your Bajan experience. Remember shopping for and preparing your own food can free up money for lots of other activities you can explore while on our shores!

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ur island has earned high marks among well-travelled diners, offering an impressive range of regional and international cuisine to delight any palete and suit any pocketbook. Locations range from gourmet oceanfront restaurants to authentic island eateries, and for a culinary world just beyond your imagination you may choose from meals at majestic great houses to authentic roadside eats. There are the informal outdoor weekend eateries you simply must sample to get the true flavor of Barbados: at Oistins, Christ Church; Half Moon Fort, St. Lucy; Holetown, St. James; and Baxter’s Road, The City. On Friday and Saturday nights the South Coast comes alive in a unique way. The usually quiet fishing town of Oistins is transformed into a sea of colour, high fashion, delectable food aromas and jiving entertainment as hundreds converge on the island’s biggest street party and fish-fry. Savour the many food options at St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, or try the sophisticated restaurant culture for a memorable dining experience, where the atmosphere is as great as the draw of the food. Dine on a bluff overlooking the sea as you delight in award-winning Caribbean fare and international specialties with a remarkable range of seafood. Causal and festive settings abound, as you’ll find a wealth of dining options at pubs,

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restaurants, bistros or wine bars, all serving up a healthy portion of entertainment such as jazz, calypso, ring bang, or street drums. Explore bistros, bars and lounges along the lovingly restored streets of Holetown, the historic site where the British first landed over 375 years ago. There you’ll find an exquisite selection of Caribbean and continental cuisine offering Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, English, French, Jamaican and Bajan food side-by-side in a charming village setting. Sampling is apt to include “jump-jump” (spicy) ribs, limbo lamb with mustard sauce, Bajan fish cakes and creole chicken salad in exuberant eateries where hot pepper sauce, ketchup and an array of condiments fruit and pickled things will be offered to give you that distinctive Bajan flavour. An even lighter side will reveal many colourful rum shops – over 1,600 in all! Be prepared to meet friendly Bajans, savour local flavours, and join in the levity. Gourmet shops stocked with caviar and cheeses from all over the world as well as the freshest produce can also be found on the island. For delicious pastries, desserts and coffees, cafés litter The City, the south and West coasts, while sports bars offer varied menus in a warm atmosphere for the guys and families too. International and local fast food as well as budget buffet restaurants offer large portions and quick service, but don’t expect much help here with a “low carb”


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diet: once it’s got flour, cornmeal, rice or meat and poultry, we’re in. If you are trying to eat healthy, try one of our health shops that offer nutritional shakes and vegetarian dishes. There are also ital shops and vans where you will be spoilt by the flavourful choices prepared only with vegetables and natural ingredients by a friendly and enthusiastic Rastafarian. Make sure to wash it all down with some freshly squeezed tropical punch (rum optional); a beastly cold, locally brewed Banks beer; or one of the island’s fine rums, including Extra Old Aged Mount Gay rum. Whether you dine in or out, you will relish your culinary experiences in Barbados.

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Dozens of candy, fruit, nut and syrup mix-ins smashed together with your favourite ice cream on our frozen granite slab and served in our famous homemade cookie-dough waffle cone. Open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Ginger Beer Ingredients: • 3/4 cup grated ginger root • 2 tbsps lime juice • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar • 12 cups water • 2 1/4 oz package active dry yeast • 2 cups sugar Method: 1. In a large bowl, combine and stir grated ginger root, lime juice, and cream of tartar. 2. In a large pot, bring 12 cups water to a boil over high heat. 3. Pour hot water over ginger mixture and set aside to cool. 4. In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. 5. Stir to make a smooth paste. 6. When ginger mixture is warm, add yeast mixture and stir well. Cover bowl and refrigerate 3 to 5 days. 7. Pour ginger mixture through a strainer into another large bowl. Add remaining sugar to ginger beer and stir well.

Dumplings Ingredients: • ½ lb flour • ¾ tsp salt • ¼ cup cornmeal (optional) • 1 tbsp sugar • ½ tsp baking powder • pinch of spice or nutmeg (optional) • water

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Method: 1. Combine flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and cornmeal. 2. Add enough water to make a fairly stiff dough. 3. Shape dough into either round, oblong or flat bitesize portions. 4. Drop into boiling soup.


Rum Punch (Serves 8) Courtesy of Mount Gay Rum Ingredients 4 ozs lime juice 1 oz Angostura Bitters 12 ozs grenadine syrup 19 ozs Mount Gay Rum Extra Old 13 ozs simple syrup 1 tsp nutmeg 18 ozs water

Steamed Flying Fish Ingredients: • 8 flying fish fillets • 3 limes • 1 tbsp salt • 3 tbsps Barbadian seasoning • 1 large onion, sliced • 6 cloves garlic, minced • 1 green bell pepper, julienned • ½ oz fresh thyme • ½ oz fresh marjoram • 1 tsp parsley, chopped • 1 large tomato, chopped • 1 tsp lime juice • 2 cups water • ½ tsp hot pepper sauce • ½ tsp curry powder • 3 tbsps margarine • seasoned salt to taste

Sweet Potato Pudding Ingredients: 4 cups of sweet potato mashed 1 tbsp lime juice 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 tbsps butter 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup of rum grated rind of lime 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon 1 tsp raisins

Method: 1. Mix lime juice, water and sugar syrup. 2. Combine mixture with grenadine syrup and Mount Gay Rum. 3. Add Angostura Bitters and stir well. 4. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg and garnish with a cherry.

Method: 1. Rub fish with the juice of the limes and salt and let stand for 10 minutes. 2. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels, then rub in Barbadian seasoning. 3. Roll each up (lengthwise) and secure with a toothpick. 4. Heat margarine in a saucepan and sauté onion and garlic for 3 minutes or until the onions become transparent. 5. Add tomato and parsley and cook for a further 2 minutes. 6. Tie thyme and marjoram together and add to the pan with remaining ingredients, except fish. 7. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. 8. Add fish and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.

Method: 1. To mashed potatoes, add sugar gradually and whole eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition. 2. Mix in butter with a fork. Add milk. 3. Blend well. Mix in grated rind of lime juice. 4. Add rum. Mix well. Add salt, baking powder and cinnamon, sifted together. Mix. Add raisings. 5. Mix well. Pour mixture into a greased pan and bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees Celcius) about 50 minutes or until done. Makes 8 servings.

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Spice So Nice

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elcome to our idyllic Barbados where you’ll enjoy tropical sunsets, lazy days on the beach, rum punches and the bold flavours which make Caribbean cuisine such an opulent experience! Barbadians use an exotic combination of herbs and spices together with love to create spiced-up dishes that will tickle your palette. Below are some of the most common spices that we use and how we enjoy them.

Nutmeg About 25mm long and 18mm wide, this roughly egg-shaped spice can be bought whole or ground for flavouring both savoury and sweet preparations. Ranked as one of the top five spices used in Caribbean cuisine, nutmeg adds a zesty finishing touch to eggnog, puddings, sweet sauces and peanut punch. Use in moderation, as too much of this spice will leave you with a bitter taste. 40

Yummy fact: The island’s prestigious Mount Gay rum punch is served with nutmeg sprinkled on top. Ginger Once referred to as radix zingiberis Barbadensis, this warm root plays with the cool freshness of pineapple in Barbadian dishes like candied sweet potatoes and pineapple chicken, or meat stews. Although it’s best known for its use in making nonalcoholic, ginger beer, powerful ginger root is traditionally used in making sorrel during the Christmas season.

Useful fact: the root is used to brew a tea that’s effective in calming or soothing upset stomach, indigestion, nausea and warding off colds. Cinnamon Tied rolls of cinnamon bark referred to as “spice” in Barbados add hints of flavour to any pudding, drink or dish, with


the more popular being Barbados Spiced Rum. This aged molasses rum contains real herbs and other spices like nutmeg, clove-studded oranges, and vanilla. It’s aged in casks for two years and is dry to the palate. Yummy fact: Cinnamon is added to cornmeal porridge and dumplings, which can be found in chicken soup and stew. Clove This dried unopened flower bud resembling the shape of a nail is commonly used during the yuletide season. Locals insert a few to several cloves in their ham, with other ingredients, before baking.

Extra, extra: Baking with cloves creates a pleasing aroma. Thyme Pungent in flavour, this popular culinary herb bridges the gap between milder spices and stronger seasonings. It’s a key ingredient in the traditional Barbadian rice and peas dish and our distinct Bajan seasoning.

Interesting fact: Thyme’s flavour increases as it dries.

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Scotch Bonnet Pepper Called Scotch bonnets for their wrinkled crowns, these peppers that are considered the hottest in the world are mainly used in our few jerk dishes and Bajan Pepper Sauce. With their distinctive aroma and fruit pulp, the little peppers look like walnut-sized lanterns and come in various colours.

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ou might have heard that Barbados is a paradise island – both above and underwater – and indeed it is! Come see for yourself. Enjoy lazy days on the beach, spiced-up food, jiving nightlife, exciting adventure, and experience the marine paradise below. Barbados is great for diving! The fringes and reefs found off this beautiful gem blossom with healthy sponges, coral and plant life. There are several types of reefs, each one unique in its own special way. The barrier reefs located 1.5 to two miles from shore contain large coral heads, which form the habitat for thousands of beautiful fish and are perfect for snorkelling. Larger organisms are also found on these reefs, feeding on the smaller fish. The Hawksbill turtle also frequents these reefs. Fringes and patching reefs are found

closer to shore and have smaller coral formations and more abundant plant life than barrier reefs. These reefs are home to sea horses, frogfish, giant sand eels and many other marine creatures. Wrecks form fascinating habitats for marine life and Barbados has several excellent sites for wreck diving. Carlisle Bay, with 200 reported wrecks, and the Stavronikita Folkestone Marine Park are two of the most popular sites. Barbados is ideal for year-round diving but is probably best in the summer months. Visibility ranges from 40 to 70 feet and the water temperature is a consistent 80 degrees Fahrenheit. There are several dive operators who will provide equipment, advice and guided tours to ensure that your diving experience is extremely enjoyable! 43


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arbados is particularly well known in the Caribbean for sports tourism. The locals have a proud and timeless reputation for being avid sportsmen and sportswomen and the island itself is known for providing world-class facilities and a wide range of activities. Golf The tropical climate and lush exotic landscape make Barbados the idyll of many a sports aficionado. Fabulous courses and facilities dot the island, fulfilling every golfer’s fantasy and offering a range of challenges and sweeping vistas. Golf clubs include the Barbados Golf Club, Royal Westmoreland Golf and Country Club, Sandy Lane Golf and Country Club and Rockley Golf Course. Water Sports Take to the water for even more 44

sporting options. Surfing reigns supreme on our scenic East Coast and windsurfing remains popular along the South Coast, where surfers gather at the Club Mistral Windsurfing Club or Silver Sands Resort. Try waterskiing on our Caribbean West Coast, skimming the water’s surface at high speed. Or harness a parasail for a commanding view of our coastlines. Snorkelling, scuba and skin diving reveal a treasure trove of tropical marine life along coral reefs and in sunken wrecks. Charter companies offer deep-sea fishing excursions to capture a prized catch, from barracuda to kingfish. Steady tradewinds also make for excellent yachting conditions on all coasts. Catamarans and yachts are available for charter or guided cruises at Bridgetown Harbour, and a selection of smaller craft such as Hobie Cats can be rented on the beach.

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Athletics Several running and walking events are held each year, including the annual Run Barbados International Marathon that attracts people from all over the globe. The event comprises a 10K, a half-Marathon and a marathon. Family events include the Nation Fun Walk and Fun Run.

Hike Popular pastimes among locals and travellers alike, hikes and long walks provide a fine workout and a fascinating perspective on island flora, fauna and historic attractions. Also enjoy the Barbados National Trust’s series of walks and house tours.

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Cricket This game draws thousands to Kensington Oval during a test series and special one-day or Twenty/20 matches. It is probably the sport nearest the heart of Barbadians. Cricket matches are also played each week at cricket grounds across the island, but activities of all kinds are enthusiastically supported here.

Tennis Played extensively around Barbados at a range of facilities, tennis can be enjoyed at hotels and public courts, including the acclaimed National Tennis Centre at Wildey. Horse Racing and Polo Barbados also enjoys a long-standing tradition of good horsemanship. If your pleasure is horseback riding, several stables provide mounts for trail rides through a range of rolling landscapes. For an afternoon of fun and excitement, go for the sport of kings – horse racing. The Garrison Savannah racecourse draws fans to the finish line with all the pageantry that makes a day at the races a memorable occasion. Another popular sport is polo, attracting skilled players and enthusiastic fans. For pleasurable riding, fine stables offer riding mounts islandwide. 45


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n Barbados there is a certain affinity for affixing aliases to popular beaches. Whether the product of creative minds or to add a touch of bajan warmth, locals affectionately refer to many beaches by their nearest landmarks or prominent characteristics rather than their given names. Let’s take a trip to three of the top beaches on the South Coast of the island with endearing aliases. #1 Rockley Beach a.k.a. “Accra” This beautiful stretch of beachfront is located in the heavily trafficked Rockley area of Christ Church. If you ask a local for Rockley beach and receive a quizzical expression in answer, don’t be surprised, as it’s most commonly referred to as Accra, after the 4-star luxury hotel that calls its shores home. Boasting beautiful aquamarine waters, Accra is a beach lover’s magnet year -round. In fact, our very own international 46

superstar Rihanna visits the sandy strip when on holiday in Barbados and has been known to call on the restaurant across the street after a dip! Mere minutes away from the many restaurants, bars and shopping centres conveniently located in the area, Rockley beach is usually calm and serene. This allows for a relaxing swim session but at times a dangerous current passes through the beach, so caution is advised. The beach is well staffed by courteous, protective and friendly lifeguards, so follow their lead and you will be A-OK. #2 Worthing Beach a.k.a. “Sandy Beach” Officially known as Worthing beach but endeared in local vernacular as Sandy Beach, this gorgeous strip derived its name from the powdery white sand that adorns its shores. The distance from beach to shoreline was once an impressive stretch but due to climate and weather effects, has been shortened. Nevertheless, its sandy

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#3 Enterprise Beach a.k.a. “Miami Beach” Located in the southern community of Oistins in Christ Church, it can only be assumed that this sandy haven gained its moniker due to its likeness to any one of the beach strips in the city of Miami. Cradled by cliffs at one end and fringed by trees along its entire length, Miami Beach is immensely popular for its crystal-clear water and powdery sands. Again, Mother Nature’s hand has created two separate areas to ensure everyone can have a good time at this beach spot. One side nestles a calm, shallow serene bay which is the most highly trafficked area, while the other side is known for some of the best bodyboarding breaks available anywhere on the island, depending on the time of year. Due to its proximity to the Oistins community, the beach is alive with “Barbadiana” and good ole’ Bajan hospitality. Pleasant vendors are always on hand to provide Bajan delicacies and cold refreshments. For the most adventurous of you, the north end of the beach provides a spectacular locale for cliff diving and even fishing. Bienvenido a Miami!

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banks remain as pristine and beautiful as day one. An offshore reef that ensures the small bay remains tranquil year-round protects the azure water, which has been likened to an emperor’s bath water. This feature is the biggest draw for snorkellers and divers alike, as the coral is home to many colourful tropical fish. Those curious about swimming with turtles will also find Sandy Beach ideal. As if devised by Mother Nature herself, the seabed slants to one side, leaving a sprawling area of clear shallow water perfect for swimming (especially kids) and a deeper yet calm side for the more adventurous and proficient swimmer. It’s so clear, one can see all the way to the bottom from above the water! Activities include diving and sailing. Sunbathing is also a big hit as the fluffy sand naturally serves as a pillow. Palm trees along the beach provide lots of shade and beach chairs are available for rent to enjoy your cold drink from any of the nearby bars.

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here’s never a dull moment here in Barbados. Every month is action-packed with festivals, art events, many sporting activities, and loads of fun and laughter. You’ll find that there’s something for your entire group as you bask in the tranquility and exotic bliss that is Barbados. Motorsport Madness Are you a car lover? Then you’ll enjoy the motorsport events between February and May. Motorsport is the biggest spectator sport in Barbados, second only to cricket, a regional favourite. At these

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events, people come prepared with their coolers, food and umbrellas. It’s like having a picnic with friends, family and strangers who are all having fun as you enjoy the show. There are go-karting events, rally events, road-race events, trackmeets, sprintmeets, off-road Mud-dog events, and even dexterity events. All of these will be held on Saturdays and Sundays at various locations. You’ll have amazing weekends if you happen to be a racing fan. Sportswise Ball Hockey – Every Thursday in February and March there will be a ball

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hockey match from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the NIS overflow carpark in St. Michael. Cricket – Cricket fan? Then the next three months will be some of the best of your life as they’re packed with matches including Barbados vs Jamaica, Guyana, CCC and the windward Islands. There will be an international 5-day test match starting March 12 between the West Indies and Zimbabwe. Cricket fans are known for being very vocal, opinionated and passionate, so expect it to be noisy even if nothing is happening on the field. Dance – On March 23 there will be a Latin ballroom dance competition at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Here, you’ll get to see the best from Barbados take on the challenges in this very competitive arena. Horsing Around Horse Racing – Horse racing is usually held every other Saturday at the historic Garrison Savannah, which has been home to Barbados horse racing scene for over 150 years. On the first Saturday in March, the prestigious horse race in the Caribbean, the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, will be held. It is a festival-like environment with parades, costumes, stilt-walkers, performances and patrons making that extra effort to look their best. You’ll find horse racing fans, fashionistas and everybody else in between there. Polo – If you are a polo lover you won’t want to miss any of the events going on at this time of year. The Villages Tour in Early February and the Cheshire Tour in Late February will both be held at Holder’s Polo Field. March then brings the Barbados Polo Open, which features some of the top names in international polo over the course of several match series.

of this festival kicks off with a bang at the Holetown Monument in the centre of St. James. The event marks the arrival of the first settlers at the site now known as Holetown on February 17, 1627. The festival provides visitors with an introuction to Barbadian culture and traditions through a programme that includes concerts, live music, street parades, a beauty pageant, craft fairs, historical exhibitions, sporting competitions and food-and-drink events. Holder’s Season – This exciting season of opera, classical, jazz, Latin and Caribbean music takes place in the openair gardens of historic Holders Plantation House. This years guest artistes include professionals from across the globe in a world-class programme. Late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, performed at one of the Holder Season’s events. Agrofest – This three-day festival starting on February 22 is Barbados’ premier agricultural exhibition. Held in Queen’s Park, St. Michael, you are sure to see numerous live displays, including

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each year. It showcases the best reggae acts from around the world, and local acts are plentiful in the line-up as well. The festival is geared to all types of Reggae fans. There is a cruise, a beach concert that is more reggae-dancehall-oriented, the Vintage reggae show which brings back to the limelight the stars of yesteryear, and the big finale, Reggae on the Hill, which is a full day of performances starting around 10 a.m. and goes through until about 8 p.m. Comedy – Laff It Off Comedy Show is an annual show that looks at social happenings over the last year. It is delivered in Barbadian dialect and is very political in nature, often making statements in a comedic manner via their satirical skits and videos; extremely entertaining. It is held each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout of February and March. Have a wonderful vacation in Bim!

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livestock, vegetables, arts and crafts, plants, flowers, sampling of many kinds of food and, of course, entertainment. Learn from the workshops on various methods of taking care of livestock and plants. Oistins Fish Festival – Held over the Easter weekend, this is the place to be in April. The festival takes place in the scenic fishing town of Oistins, Christ Church. It’s a time to celebrate with those who work in the local fishing industry. Vsitors can expect live calypso and reggae music, craft fairs, family games and stalls selling delicious seafood dishes. Popular events and attractions include the fish-boning tournament, boat races and the fun greased pole cometition. Reggae Festival – This annual festival has become a mainstay on the Barbadian Calendar during the last week of April, and one that many Barbadians look forward to


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or many, a marriage ceremony is a holy union performed before God. This holds true in Barbados, where 79.4 per cent of the population suscribe to some religious belief. With such a spiritual population, Barbados gives you a host of holy halls where you can say your vows. The island offers places of worship catering to Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and many other religions. However, as a majority of Barbadians subscribe to some level of Christianity, the houses of worship you’ll most find are churches. Beautiful, intimate churches. Now, you haven’t chosen just anybody to spend forever with and you shouldn’t choose just anywhere to get married. Fortunately, in Barbados you’re blessed

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with an abundance of options. It is said that in Barbados there is a church for each of its many communities, and as the island has more than 200 churches, this could very well be true. Whether you choose a church based on denomination or building features, there’s a charming chapel just for you. Denominations in Barbados include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Latter-Day Saints, Methodist, Moravian, Nazarene, Pentecostal and many more, in addition to the numerous nondenominational institutions. And the buildings come in all shapes and sanctified sizes – ready to perfectly accommodate your wedding no matter the magnitude. Some buildings, particularly the parish

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St. John Parish Church

churches, date back over 150 years and can provide you with a new-world wedding with an old-world feel. You may choose to add decorations of your own, but often the existing decor will give you all the splendour you need. Tall steeples, small sanctuaries, long aisles, large altars, stained glass windows, hand-made pew are a few of the features that could be part of your I Do’s. Indeed, it’s the architecture of most buildings that will capture your heart. Buildings built with stones as sturdy as your marriage will be. Such is the Georgian-style St Peter’s Parish Church whose bell will have your heart ringing with joy. Many churches also offer glorious gardens, providing you with an on-site floral backdrop for your all-important photographs. Perhaps the most scenic grounds can be found at Codrington College. Built in 1745, Codrington College stands as the oldest Anglican theological college in the Western hemisphere. Although its monastery-style chapel is relatively small, the institution provides you with perhaps the most expansive church grounds in Barbados, with beautiful trees, a duck-filled pond and the odd passing flock of Black Belly Sheep.

However, your heart may prefer to go along the lines of the St John’s Parish Church. With its classic Gothic architecture and melodic pipe organ, this cliff-edge church presents a spectacular coastal view. Ultimately, your options are limited only by your tastes. The arresting setting granted by a Barbadian church is difficult to beat. However, If you’re going to try for something better, you’re going to have to look to the Creator Himself. There is perhaps nowhere more heavenly than the beach for you to say “I do”. Fortunately, Barbados has a few of those too. See the box below and ensure you have brought the “essentials” for your beautiful wedding in Barbados. 1) A passport or certified copy of your birth certificate as proof of your identity. 2) If you are divoreced, an original Decree Absolute or certified copy of Final Judgements. 3) If either of you were previously married or widowed, you will need a certified copy of the marriage certificate or death certificate of the deceased spouse. 53


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Tips & Tidbits

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anking: We have a number of international and regional banks throughout the island. General operating hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also a wide variety of ATMs around that dispense local currency only.

Safety: Barbados is generally considered to be much safer than several other tourist destinations. That said, don’t do anything you wouldn’t do at home. For example, don’t leave valuables lying in plain sight, in an unlocked car or in an open room; also remember to lock your doors when leaving your accommodation.

Business Hours: General operating hours of local businesses and stores are 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with some places open on Saturday from about 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. These hours are just a general guideline as some stores and offices have their own opening hour, which may not comply with the above.

Telephone: Phoning home is very simple, you can call direct to most places in the world from any fixed line or cell phone. If you need any help, you can use local operator assistance by dialing 0 + Area Code + Number.

Currency: Barbados has its own currency which is pegged to the US dollar at an exchange rate of BD$1.98 to US$1.00. You can change your currency at any local bank. However, major foreign currencies such as the US $, the British £, the Euro €, and the Canadian $ are widely accepted by local merchants and restaurants. Major credit cards and travellers’ cheques in the above mentioned currencies can also be used. Just remember to carry corresponding picture identification.

Transportation: Getting around our lovely island is quite easy and there are several options for you to choose from: • Buses/ Vans - The fare on any of the following modes of transport is BD$2.00 one way. Do remember that when you are at a bus stop you need to put your hand out to signal the bus to stop. • Transport Board buses – These are government buses. These are blue with a yellow stripe and have licence plates that begin with the letters “BM”. • Privately owned mini-buses – These have license plates which start with the letter “B” and are yellow with a blue stripe. • Privately owned route taxis – These are affectionately known as ZR’s after the first two letters on their license plates. ZRs are smaller white vans with a purple stripe. • Taxis – There are a number of companies and individuals who provide private taxi services. The associated fares are based on the distance travelled and in most cases

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A taxi stand in Bridgetown.

are fixed. You should establish with the driver before starting your journey what the fare is likely to be. • Rental Cars – There are many perks to renting a car while you are here on holiday. You get the opportunity to explore parts of the island not traditionally seen by tourists and you have more flexibility in moving around. This can also be a very cost effective option, especially if you are part of a large group. Rental options vary from small cars right up to jeeps and large vans that can hold over 6 persons. Make sure to visit our island directory listings, to find a reputable and affordable car rental company.

• Scooters/ ATVs/ Bicycles - If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also consider renting a scooter, ATV or bicycles to tour our lovely island. Water: Our water supply is completely safe to drink from the tap and is one of the best in the world. This is because of Barbados’ unique limestone make-up, which helps to purify and cleanse the water. Tipping: Many restaurants include a 10% service charge on their bills. If there is no service charge or you receive excellent service, tipping is at your discretion.

Emergency Numbers: Although we certainly hope you won’t need any emergency help while enjoying your stay on our island, things do happen, so please take note of the following local emergency numbers. • Police 211 or 430-7100

• FMH Emergency Medical Centre, Belleville, St. Michael, 228-6120

• Fire 311 • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) 436-6450 • Sandy Crest Medical Centre St. James, 419-4911 • The Sparman Clinic, Belleville St. Michael, 624-3278

• Ambulance Service Queen Elizabeth Hospital 511 • Barbados Red Cross Ambulance Service 417-2727 Other Helpful Numbers • Local Directory Assistance 411 • International Directory Assistance 711 55


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Island Directory Accommodation Worthing Court Apartment Hotel Worthing, Christ Church Tel: 434-8400

Activities Aerial Trek, Hike & Cave Jack in the box Gully, St. Thomas Tel: 433-8966 Black Pearl Party Cruises Inc. Carlisle House, The Careenage, St. Michael TEL: 436-2885 Coconut Tours Bayside, Bay Street, St. Michael Tel 437-0297 Island Safari Lower Estate Complex, St. George Tel: 429-5337

Barbados Museum & Historical Society Garrison, St. Michael Tel: 427-0201 Barbados National Trust Headquarters, Wildey House, Wildey St. Michael Tel: 426-2421 Caves of Barbados Harrison’s Cave Welchman Hall, St. Thomas Tel: 438-6640 Sunbury Great House Sunbury, St. Philip Tel: 423-6270

Communications

Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa Maynards, St Peter Tel: 434-8415

Digicel Barbados Ltd. The Courtyard, Hastings, Christ Church Tel: 434-3444

Suntours Barbados Tel: 434-8412

Complimentary Health

Art Frangipani Art Gallery Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa Maynards, St Peter Tel: 422-5026

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Barbados Concorde Experience Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church Tel: 420-7738

The Barbados Reiki Association Tel: 428-4186 or 428-4000 Email: barbadosreiki@hotmail.com or touchoflight@gmail.com Email: juliette.rudder@gmail.com Website: http://www.barbadosreikiassociation.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BarbadosReiki

Attractions & Museum

Dining

Banks Beer Brewery Tour Wildey, St. Michael Tel: 228-6486

Brown Sugar Aquatic Gap, St. Michael Tel: 426-7684


Chilly Moo’s Ice Cream Treatery Quayside Centre, Rockley, Christ Church Tel: 435-1877

Harbour Lights Bay Street, St. Michael Tel: 436-7225

The Crane Resort Crane, St. Philip Tel: 423-6220

The Plantation Theatre St. Lawrence Main Road Christ Church Tel: 428-5048

David’s Place Worthing, Christ Church Tel: 435-9755 H. Jason Jones & Co. Ltd. Premium Steak Delivery Kensington Court, Fontabelle, St. Michael Tel: 4297209 Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: 428-2759 New Century Chinese Restaurant St. Lawrence, Christ Church Tel: 420-2822 Oriental B.B.Q & Bar Upstairs The Steak House St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: 420-3762 Paulo’s Churrasco Do Brasil St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel 438-6767 St. Lawrence Steak House & Grill St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: 428-7152 The Waterfront Café Cavans Lane, Bridgetown Tel: 427-0093

The Ship Inn St. Lawrence Gap Tel: 430-7447

Embassies and Consulates Australian High Commission Bishop’s Court Hill, St. Michael Tel: 435-2834  Austrian Honorary Consul Knowlton, Exeter Rd,  Navy Gdns, Christ Church Tel: 427-3131 Embassy of Brazil Hastings Main Road, Christ Church (Located in the Digicel complex)  Tel: 427-1735  Canadian High Commission Bishop’s Court Hill, St. Michael  Website: http://www.bridgetown.gc.ca Tel: 429-3550  Embassy of Colombia Dayrells Rd., Rockley, Christ Church  Tel: 429-6821 

The Tides Holetown, St. James Tel: 432-8356

French Consulate Cherry Tree House, Chelsea Road Tel : 429 4546 or Mobile: 262 6238 Open: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 – 12:30

Entertainment

German Honorary Consul Tel: 427-1876 

The Boatyard Bay Street, St. Michael Tel: 436-2622

Israeli Honorary Consul General Palmetto St. Bridgetown Tel: 426-4764

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Info Italian Vice Consulate Bannatyne, Christ Church Tel: 437-1228  Netherlands Consulate Balls Plantation, Christ Church  Tel: 418-8000  Swedish Consulate West Indian International Tours Worthing, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-7051 Fax: (246) 435-7071 Email: titti@wiit.net Email: swedishconsulat@wiit.net United Kingdom  British High Commission Collymore Rock, St. Michael E-mail: britishhc@sunbeach.net  Tel: 436-6694  Embassy of the United States Bridgetown,  Wildey Business Park,  Wildey, St. Michael Tel: 227-4000 or 227-4399 Venezuelan Embassy Hastings, Christ Church  Tel: 435-7619

Places of Worship Anglican St Matthias Anglican (Episcopal) Church St. Matthias Road, Hastings, Christ Church Sunday Services:  7a.m. and 8:45a.m. Tel: 429-5733 or 427-7389 Christ Church Parish Church Church Hill, Oistins, Christ Church Sunday Services: 6:15a.m.,  7:45a.m. and 9:15a.m. Sunday School: 9a.m. Tel: 428-8087/428-9147

Islamic Barbados Muslim Association Five daily prayers and Friday prayer at 12:30p.m. Jumma Masjid Kensington New Road, Bridgetown, St Michael.  Tel: 426-0117 City Masjid Sobers Lane,  Bridgetown, St Michael.  Tel: 427-1258 Makki Masjid 6th Avenue,  Belleville, St Michael.  Tel: 228-3653 Islamic Teaching Centre Harts Gap, Hastings, Christ Church.  Tel: 427-0120 Jewish The Barbados Jewish Community Friday evening, Shabbat services are at 7.30 PM and are being conducted at NIDHE ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE, on Synagogue Lane in Bridgetown, until the middle of MARCH. From the middle of MARCH until DECEMBER 14th, services will be conducted at Shaare Tzedek Synagogue, at 7.30 PM . The Synagogue is located on Rockley New Road, Christ Church. The Museum is open Monday through Friday, from 9 AM until 3 PM. Tel.:427-7611, 228-2102, 426-4764, 428-8414 or 422-1114 Pentecostal The People’s Cathedral Bishop’s Court Hill, St Michael Sunday Services: 7:30a.m., 10a.m. and 6p.m. Family Bible Hour: 9a.m. Tel: (246) 429-2145 Roman Catholic

Brethren Ebenezer Gospel Hall Crumpton Street, Bridgetown Sunday Services: 11a.m. and 6p.m. Tel: 432-0811 or 420-1469 58

St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Bay Street and Jemmott’s Lane, St Michael. Sunday Mass: 7a.m., 11a.m. and 6p.m. Tel: 426-2325


St Dominic’s Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church Sunday Mass: 7a.m. and 10a.m. Tel: 428-7677

Real Estate Apes Hill Club Apes Hill, St. James. Tel: 432-4500, Fax: 432-4501 Realtors Limited Holetown, St. James Tel 432-6930

The Royal Shop 32 Broad Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael Tel: 429-7072 or 431-0296 Medford Craft World White Hall, Main Road St. Michael Barbados (246) 425-1919 Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Holetown, St. James Tel: 432-6563

Travel Services Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association 4th Avenue Belleville, St Michael Tel: 426-5041 Barbados Tourism Authority Harbour Rd, Bridgetown,  Barbados Tel: 427-2623 Ministry of Tourism Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre Two Mile Hill,  St. Michael  Tel: 430-7500

Shopping Cave Shepherd Broad Street, Bridgetown Vista, Worthing Sunset Mall, Sunset Crest West Mall, Holetown Crane Hotel Almond Beach Village Hotel Grantley Adams International Airport Opening Hours: Mon - Thur 8:30 am - 5:30 pm  Fri - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm  Sat - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm  Sun - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm  PBX: 246-227-2121 Shuttle Service available from  most hotels each day.

1st Choice Car Rental Worthing Main Road, Christ Church Tel: 434-2277 Coconut Car Rentals Bayside, Bay Street,  St. Michael Tel: 437-0297 Courtesy Rent-A-Car Wildey, St. Michael Tel: 431-4160 or 418-2500 Drive-A-Matic Ltd. Lower Carlton,  St. James Tel: 424-4000 Executive Car Rental 9 & 10 Tamkris, Worthing,  Christ Church Tel: 228-1993 Johnson Tours Barbados Limited Sunny Isle Complex, Worthing, Christ Church Tel: 426-5181 Top Car Rentals Ltd. Rockley New Rd.,  Christ Church Tel: 435-0378

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Bajanisms: Tings Bajans Seh

Although the official language of Barbados is English, most people speak the local dialect in informal settings. Below are a few of our favourite sayings, which are usually spoken in dialect. Have fun giving them a try:

Yuh ain’t even say yuh cat yuh dog. You did not even speak to me or acknowledge me.

De longer yuh live, de more yuh does hear. This refers to hearing surprising or strange news from someone.

Yuh does give yuh mout too much liberty. You speak too much and say things you should not say.

There is more than one dog named Bob. What is said could apply to more than one person. Don’t leh de devil get into me now. Don’t let me get angry with you now. He don’t care if Good Friday come pon a Sunday. He does not let anything bother him. He ain’t even loss he mudda features yet. He still looks like a little child.

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Wait till yuh trough put, then bubble in it. This means mind your own business.

When yuh ain’t got horse, ride cow. You should make use of whatever resources you have available. Cat luck ain’t dog luck. What one person may get away with, another may not. Don’t heng yuh hat wih yuh hand can’ reach. Don’t strive for positions that are beyond your reach. Gih Jack “e jacket. Give a person their due credit.


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