One of the many things I love to do is travel. But sadly I haven’t been to nearly as many places that I would like. Maybe my fear of flying has a little something to do with it. But of the things I can scratch off my bucket list is writing books, inspiring audiences and making them laugh, travelling to jolly good England, taking a bite out of the Big Apple, riding on the tram cars in San Francisco and visiting the Japanese Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
But my most ‘funnest’ trip of all time (if there’s such a word), apart from living in the sister isle of Tobago for a year, is the Easter long weekend I spent in the Spice Isle of Grenada back in 2012! I’ll tell you why:
I landed on Saturday morning to visit my sweet cousin Desiree who was pre-med at the time at St. George’s University. She still pokes fun at the fact of how fast I booked my ticket from the moment I got her email saying what days she was free. “Mom, in less than 30 minutes, Carolyn emailed back with her itinerary!”
So Des picked me up with one of her roommates and the fun began. We had a wonderful breakfast at the house where she was staying and in just 24 hours with little or no rest we did a hash in the countryside where we met these cute kids along the way, then literally went Bananas (which is the most amazing club in True Blue) where we danced the night away until the wee morning hours!
We got up just in time to make it to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the capital city of St. George’s for Easter Sunday mass. We even asked Father for a special blessing after the service.
The wrong taxi came for us and we ended up paying more than we bargained for, but while we waited,we caught up on old times and took pictures at my mom’s alma mater, St. Joseph’s Convent. I remember hearing all those stories of the Irish nuns back in the day and I had to call her in Trinidad to tell her how surreal it was to be standing on the same ground where she spent her formative years.
Sunday after lunch, my cousin and I packed a bag with delicious fried grouper sandwiches and red velvet cake and spent the rest of the day at Grand Anse beach where we had the best time, walking around the craft market, taking pictures and bathing in that beautiful sky blue water!
As a special thank you to her, that night after the beach we got all the ingredients for me to cook a special Trinbagonian dish of brown rice, pigeon peas, chicken with pumpkin, coconut milk and chadonbeni (cilantro) called pelau. My cousin and her roommates who were all Americans were intrigued and delighted by the preparation and unique taste of this dish and helped with the food prep.
The following day which was Easter Monday we all piled into a taxi driven by the friendliest driver on the island named Anthony and we did an island tour! So in another 24 hours we visited the Concord Falls, Leaper’s Hill, Levera Beach, Grand Etang Lake (which is said to be a bottomless lake), the rum factory, the chocolate factory, during which time, Anthony gave us the history behind each place. He then treated us to a fantastic lunch at Belmont estate.
We then went to a concert at the Spice Basket located in the town of Beaulieu, St.George’s where Grenada’s soca artiste Tallpree and Trinidad and Tobago’s The Mighty Shadow as well as other guests performed.
We couldn’t resist sampling the most delicious local ice-cream where we met up with my aunt’s friends from the States and took photos with the nicest older lady and The Mighty Shadow.
I went home with a new affinity for the land of my mother’s birth, rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to go again after rekindling family relations with my bestest cousin Des!
Two years later I visited the island again for my friends Rhonda and Troy’s wedding and I fell in love with the place all over again.
This time I stayed at Grand Mal with my friend Curlyn and her friends where I took this pic at the beautiful beach opposite their house.
And that’s why Grenada will always be close to my heart!
I miss this view!
By Carolyn Correia
Carolyn K. Correia is the author of Thinking out Loud, How To Find Yourself and Claim What’s Yours and she missed the boat on love. She is also a communications consultant, freelance writer, blogger and motivational speaker. Learn more here www.carolyncorreia.com or stay updated on Facebook –CarolynCorreiaAuthor.