My flight to Barbados may have had a passenger who tested positive for COVID 19

Brandons Beach

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.

Batts Rock Beach
La Cabane

St. James

St. James

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!

XOXO

Part II: Swimsuits worn in Barbados

I love how this cobalt blue looks on darker skin tones. I have had this one for over a year and was excited to finally break it in. It was purchased from Matte Collection. They have very affordable swimmies (about $12 per set) and you can almost always find a sale. They no longer have this one on their website, but there are quite a few delectable ones that I’d like to get my hands on. Will definitely share, if I do. I also rocked this vizor from Free People almost every time I went to the beach. I bought it early in the summer so it is no longer available, but you can find them er’ywhere. I left a link below for similar ones on Amazon as well as links to other bikinis by Matte Collection in this color.

Photos were taken at Coppacabana Beach Bar & Grill.

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Part I: Swimsuits worn in Barbados

I wasn’t sure if I should have made this a travel or fashion blog. I wanted to feature some of the places I went in Barbados but unfortunately, it was mostly partying so instead. I have created a short video from my insta-stores to share with you very soon. In the mean time, this is one of the many swimsuits I took with me on the trip. I will be posting a few more shortly. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! Swim featured is from Zaras . See links below for similar ones as this one may no longer be available online.

Photos were taken in Christ Church.

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Cuba

Not boasting or anything, but I’ve traveled to quite a few places and Cuba is by far my fave vaca spot!!! Actually scratch that-second to Barbados (my hometown) Cuba is by far my fave vaca spot! Before the new embargo, I was able to spend a few days there to celebrate my birthday. Cuba has an old world charm appeal, with its beautifully crafted architectural buildings, with long winding staircases and gigantic ornate doors. It is also a place where men, especially, are in all their glory with every model of vintage car they can dream of. Best of all, for a few CUCs (Cuban money), one can take a spin around Old Havana with the rooftop down and enjoy the scenic views while basking in the beautiful sunlight; with a cool breeze coming off of the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean to cool you down. Below is a list of reasons why you should visit if you ever have the opportunity:

  • The people are kind, thoughtful, and very helpful;
  • The country is safe and have a very low crime rate;
  • The food served is organic (grown locally) and filled with flavor and also very inexpensive;
  • The country is safe and have a very low crime rate;
  • Beautiful beaches;
  • Vibrant night life;
  • Very reasonable accommodations; and The people are kind, thoughtful, and very helpful;
  • Vibrant night life;
  • Endless activities for tourists to take part in.
One of the highest peaks in Cuba
Everywhere you go there are beautiful vintage cars and I probably took a photo of each one I got close to.
Frolicking in a cave
Varadero Beach
Statue of Christ
One of the many buildings in Old Havana with ginormous doors
Every morning we were served the most delicious breakfast. I especially looked forward to the view and the pure goodness of the pineapple guava juice, which was freshly made each morning.

I am currently planning to go to my home country in a few days but would love to go to Thailand or one of the beautiful African countries soon. Do you have a list of places you want to travel to? If there was anywhere in the world you could travel to without any issues, where would that be? Leave your answer in the comment section below. Talk to you soon! XO