Day 3: To Speightstown... and Beyond! (to Bridgetown)

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I had toured Bathsheba the previous day, so it was time to spread my wings and do some real exploring. I grabbed a local bus to Speightstown, located on the northwestern side of the island. I took the public bus, and I saw only one tourist couple on it. I silently admired them for not zipping around the island in rented cars like most of the other tourists, and I regret not telling them that at the time. Oh well...
These cool tourists got off at Farley Hill, a popular local attraction, and I continued into the city. When the bus reached its final stop I got out and followed the crowd until I saw some shops near the ocean. Speightstown lies along the Caribbean Ocean, which is just as clear, calm and blue as the stories say.
Some of Speightstown's littlest residents.
I walked around photographing everything I could, and I also visited a few shops just to see what was inside.

It was still early after I had finished with Speightstown, so I decided to head to Bridgetown, Barbados’ capital. My Barbadian friend at work had told me about smaller, independently-owned busses that competed with the public buses, so I decided to take one of these to Bridgetown. These little busses were a lot of fun; they played loud music and were brightly painted on the inside. It was a party on wheels!
I arrived in Bridgetown and walked around for a bit looking for interesting shots. All cities seem basically the same to me, full of people, buildings and even more people. I didn’t wander far here, for one crowded street looks pretty much like every other after a while.
I eventually sought out some lunch at a likely looking place (which I later discovered is one of my work friend’s favorite haunts). I had the Barbadian national dish: Cou-Cou and Flying fish. Delicious! I washed it down with guava preserves and ice cream, then went in search of a bus back to Bathsheba. Germany was playing Spain in the World Cup that day, and some of the street vendors near the depot were watching the game, so I walked up and joined them. It was fun watching such an important football match in a country where it was properly appreciated.

I returned to Bathsheba and had dinner, and I finally got to meet some Europeans! I had heard that Sea U had a large European clientele, but until tonight I had met only Americans - and three of the couples were from Washington, D. C.! I did NOT travel seven hours by plane to meet people who lived 25 minutes by car from me. The family I dined with tonight had flown in from Harlow, England earlier that day. The mother, son and daughter were tired and headed off to bed early, but I stayed up with Simon the father talking about all manner of things. I’ve always enjoyed conversing with Europeans; good conversation is one of the reasons I want to move to Europe one day.
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Some of Speightstowns littlest re…
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Hibiscus.
Hibiscus.
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The party bus!
The party bus!
Self-portrait.
Self-portrait.
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Speightstown
photo by: es1418