Dec 21, 2011
Jan 12, 2012
Another sunny day greeted us when we arrived in Barbados. We disembarked and boarded 4x4 jeeps that were to take us through the Barbados countryside. Participants climbed into the back of the jeeps onto benches facing each other and buckled their seat belts. We drove away from the port and through various parishes of the island, past sugar-cane fields and grazing brown sheep. We began by visiting the Welchman Hall Gully. A natural cave collapsed here, forming a gully. The island of Barbados is the only Caribbean island we visited that is not volcanic – it is formed by coral reefs. 5% of the island is made of gullies. After visiting the gully we were given rum punch. We learned that rum punch is one part lime, two parts sugar, three parts rum, and four parts water. Tea or other spices or flavors can also be added. We were encouraged to try this at home. The rum punch continued to flow as we drove to the Sunbury Plantation, a beautiful historic estate where we had a delicious lunch of flying fish. After lunch we continued our drive through the island, visiting the east coast, called Bathsheba, which is the most visited part of the island. We then drove to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve where we saw turtles, monkeys, snakes, iguanas, and many other animals. We went back to port via the west side of the island where the rich and famous own property. Participants agreed that being in a 4x4 was a nice change from the usual air-conditioned buses, and were the perfect vehicles in which to experience the island of Barbados.