Barbados has a long-standing relationship with the Amelia Island Plantation who has been employing Barbadians in their resort services for many years.
Well, last weekend Barbados came to visit Amelia Island and pulled out all the stops and shipped a boatload of Barbadian quality in, including its Prime Minister. The program was a little on the heavy side when it came to attending dinner. The cost was $125 per person for a 3-course meal plus a cash bar. This may be a little steep for many people these days, even if the main course was Barbadian Chicken.
SearchAmelia took the cameras out for the colorful Bridgetown Marketplace displays at the Plantation and recorded a lively Caribbean atmosphere. As someone who has spent the better part of 20 years on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten, I immediately felt at home. The slapping of the domino stones, the festive sounds of the steel drums, the delicious smells and scents of the islands and the familiar lilting English. If I would close my eyes I would be back down there with Jimmy Buffet and Jerry Jeff Walker and all my island friends.
I would have given a fortune for a good Johnny Cake, but Barbadian Celebrity chef Paul stole the show with a delicious Atlantic salmon prepared Barbados style. A brief interview with Wayne Curtin from the Barbados Investment Group, explained that the economy in Barbados is hurting less from the worldwide economic downturn than most other Caribbean Islands, because of its function and reputation as a white List (OECD) financial center, and therefore less dependent on tourism alone. U.S. tourism he says, has definitely slowed down substantially.
Interesting for me to learn was that the island still maintains offices in New York City to represent the island’s tourism and investment opportunities, something most other islands cannot afford anymore. I had a great time and though I love the life on Amelia Island, I can’t help missing the Caribbean from time to time.
They have an activity down there called “limin” and it relates to doing absolutely nothing to the point where even the brain shuts off. A week of limin’ and you don’t know or care about the time of day or what day it is. Now that’s life.
Thanks Barbados for reminding me.