In six weeks I’m going to be trading in my Caribbean sunshine for rainy London. So, right now I’m on a mission to have the most sunshine-y summer of my life. I have a feeling I might need to look back at photos of blue beaches and blue skies soon enough.
I figured I would share some snaps of what a Caribbean
summer life is like.
1. The warmth means there is always time for an ice-cream cool down or possibly frozen fruit!
There’s an ice cream parlour in the heart of Saint John’s named ‘Australian Homemade’ which serves what I think is the most amazing ice-cream ever (yes, I am biased and yes, I don’t care). Sorry, Häagen-Dazs. There’s nothing more refreshing than sitting down with sorbet or ice-cream and watching the world go by.
I’ve also discovered that slicing mangoes and freezing them provides a really nice, cold snack. But, then I’ve realized that you can do just about anything to mangoes. De.li.cious!
2. Driving may become distracting because you want to stop for photos of amazing scenery. There are a couple people whizzing around Antigua annoyed at my random pulling off to the side of the road because I couldn’t resist the temptation.
3. Opening the sunroof is never optional!
What’s better than driving past amazing scenery, listening to reggae music (I love Protoje – check him out here) while on your way for an ice-cream cool down? Glancing up while waiting at stop lights to see blue skies and sunshine of course!
4. Drinks are always better in the sunshine or warm evening breezes. This needs no further explanation!
5. There’s no party like a Cricket Party! Cricket is an important part of Caribbean life. Many of us grew up playing cricket in our backyard, on the beaches on the school playground. It’s just that most of us hated watching Test Matches because they were so long. Introduce the 20/20 format and the amazing time you can have on the stands and our generation is becoming interested in cricket again. A cricket match is an amazing way to spend a summer evening and you’ll probably be hoarse come morning.
It was a fun night. My Stepfather is Bajan and it was hilarious watching him wave the sole Barbadian flag during the match. Especially because, well, they lost!
6. Did I mention the views? Nothing like the views you get when hitting up some of my favourite lookout spots as well as the beaches.
And so concludes a small photo tour of what a summer in the life of any Caribbean girl probably looks like (although this could be pretty much any day of the year). On second thoughts, I mightn’t actually want to look at these photos during the London winter. I might burst into tears.