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Friday, March 21, 2008

Ten reasons to live in Dominica

Some people dont understand why I love Dominica so I will give ten reasons why despite all the things I dont like, I still remain. Of course as they dissapear I will update :-)

1. The pace, or lack thereof. If you dont understand, stand up in grand central Station in NY or Victoria Station in London and watch people run around like headless chickens to be packed into trains like sardines. Voluntary madness. And they consider that normal. Well normal is strolling and not feeling obliged to walk fast.

2. The food. Simple and without fanfare. Who care about dining al fresco when you do that everyday. Who cares about descriptions such as a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, or a collage of greens and all the bs you get on these menus in the so called first world. And now even in some caribbean countries, poor mimic people that they are. People really do giggle about it when they are being honest.

3. The water. A simple thing. River water, pipe water, just water...abundant, though less so than ever i remember but still more than most places. And it does taste different. And in this case different is better.

4. The air. Unpolluted, and fresh. Soon to possibly to have a slight tinge of oil refinery added. But still...worth being here for.

5. Familiarity. its a personal reason. I like the fact that I call and get my fish just like that fresh from the sea. I like that I know the people I encounter. yes the downside is claustrophobia of sorts and everyone being in your business, bt after is a small island with not much going on.

6. The weather. I hate winter. Honesly I wasnt built for that biting cold that I willingly subjected myself to for 12 years. I am sorry, but winter fashion and frequent nookie sn enough to justify that season.

7.The innuendo of life. This need explaining. In dominica you could met your local pastor in a quiet spot literally talking off the pants of a young lady and then unashamedly experience the same person in a fire and brimstone speech next day. Dominica has an almost daily occurence of comedy, some unfortunately rooted in hypocrisy but much of it is just pure innocence translated into reality. Our signs for example are classic examples of that.

8. Carnival. Can explain it. Just do it.

9. Proximity. Just down the road in the US or UK often translates to a 30 min to and hours drive. Just down the road here is a drive that could be walked in ten minutes. I love it. I am done work and at home in ten minutes.

10. Irreverence. The lack of unnecessary airs and graces. take it from me. People in big countries have to put up with so much fake bs in their average day that its almost understanable when they go on these mass shootouts. Frustration builds up over time. Everyone has to be tolerant of each other no mater how they feel etc. In the meantime you literally see people imploding. here in Dominica a man offends another man and the anatomy of his mother comes into full view via words. They then meet next day and life goes on. there is something unhealthily healthy about that.

Add to my list if you have any.


pinnea said...

Carnival )) I remember my first Caribbean carnival, in Dominica, the year 2006. Absolutely nice memories. Thanks to your company, guys )))

TropicallyTied said...

Second all your points but would like to add a couple.
11. The feeling of being truly alive. I'm not sure if I'm articulate enough to put it into words but here you are exposed to all aspects of life, the very highs and the very lows. It's not all completely sanitised, hidden and made safe. The things I see, smell and hear everyday makes me feel alive.
12. The colours. Especially at certain times of the day the light and how it makes the everything glow

KG said...

Pinnea - Carnival. You were like a lil child. Funny I never thought of Carnival from the perspective of not having experienced it ever before. Must be something else.


I like 11. Its so true. You are closer to the world in all its forms. You dont just get the boxed juice or the milk you see the orange and the cow.

12 is something i think I experience when I travel out. It thn strikes me when I return but I have to learn to appreciate it more.

J said...

"... unhealthily healthy" LOL.. i like!!

You can really really appreciate the island once you've travelled and seen all the things that Dominica is not! And you come to enjoy it in reverse.. Only a few very blessed can love her for all she is without having fornicated with other lands..

Admin said...

I think it sucks living here!!!!!! want to talk about food!! most of the time you buy it and take it home they will have bugs it in and you can't eat it. its expensive because the people have the mentality here that if you are not a dominican than you must be rich!! there is more i can go on and on!!! IT PRETTY MUCH SUCKS HERE TO LIVE HERE!!!!!

J said...

Hmmmm... pretty strong sentiments. I'm not sure that it is sympathy you require so it may not be wise to apologize for the attitudes of the people you may have had the displeasure of meeting here.

I wish you could have been happy here. Do hope things improve. If you could though.. maybe you could tell us some of the things that you would change.

If however it irks you so much... there are still flights out of the island that you may take.

KG said...

Its unfortunate that you put it like this.

Having myself spent alot of time in the UK and US and travelling in general I am sure you appreciate that the range of horror stories I or anyone else can post about those countries. But they are much more than that. Just like Dominica is much more than the experience you described.

J said...

I think it's an immensely sad reality that some of the memories that people will have about Dominica will not be correct. Like you mentioned KG.. i have a few horror stories myself. I suspect it has a lot to do with each of our experiences and how our individual personalities factor in.

Again.. Dominica is not the place for everyone. And there are lots we can do to help more people feel at home here.

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