THIS IS A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: All or most of the plans I had for 2020 have either been cancelled or postponed until further notice!!!
I was suddenly very afraid that I may have been exposed to the virus. I’d just returned to NY from Barbados when I heard that 2 passengers on the flight that I took to Barbados a few days before, tested positive for COVID19. Was taking this trip to Barbados worth the possibility of exposure??!! YES!!! Despite how worried I became when my throat felt weird or my nose suddenly felt stuffy, I was still happy that I took the trip.
As a “Born-Bajan” living in New York, I try to visit Barbados a few times a year and when I do, I am in full tourist mode. Though I grew up on this island, I never experienced it the way I do now. In Barbados, there is a ton of things to do, no matter where you stay. However, the most popular parts of the island are the West and South coast, but I’d choose one or the other based on what my interests are at the time. If I want lots of activities and great night life, I suggest staying on the South Coast, preferably, closer to St. Lawrence Gap. You not only have great night life, but various types of food. Both local and traditional dishes can be found within walking distance. However, if you aren’t staying within walking distance, taxi service is usually very affordable, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you may take a bus, which will cost $1 US per ride.
I would advise anyone who stays on the South side of the island, to visit the beaches on the West. Though most of the beaches in Barbados are beautiful, on the West, which is the Caribbean Sea, the water is much calmer, and makes for great swimming experience. Some of the best dining is also found on the West Side, so if you are interested in fine dining, restaurants such as “The Cliff”, “Drift Ocean”, and “Round House” would be perfect for you.
All in all, no matter where you stay on the island, getting from one point to another, should be easy, as the island is only 166.4 square miles. Also, if you don’t mind driving on the left side of the street, maybe renting a car would be ideal. This way you can explore the island, at your leisure.
Its hard to believe that just 3 weeks ago I was enjoying this beautiful place. Now I am wearing a mask, and gloves when I go out for my afternoon walk or for groceries. When I return, I use Lysol and wipe down the doorknobs, light switches, keys, phone, and my bag. Then I immediately put my coat in the sun and my cloths in the laundry basket. Today after my walk, my nose was a bit stuffy because of the cold air from outside, and once again, I started to feel like I was exposed, so I washed my face with water as warm as I could get it and inhaled some into my nostrils, then I made some tea. I haven’t blown my nose since, but I can’t shake the paranoia.
Is it just me or have you been suddenly feeling like every cough or sneeze means you have the virus??? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, stay safe and sheltered!