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Do You Need 10 Reasons to Visit the BVI?

Most of us don’t need to look for a reason to travel and much less to the British Virgin Islands, BUT if you do, keep reading. When you are done call and let’s find the accommodations that are right for you and your budget!

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I recently had the opportunity to have breakfast with two special representatives of these incredible islands. Lynette Harrigan, who is the go to for all things BVI and Tausha Vanterpool, who is our Business Developement Manager for the BVI. We discussed the events that were going on and the must do things while there in the islands.

WOW! I was so excited to be asked.  I learned so much about the destination and the people who call it home. 

Want to know more about the BVI? Contact me and let’s get your questions answered.

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Wendi, Your BVI Specialist

 

Sometimes You Just Need to Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road

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Can you see Martin back there?

“I want to stay down here in the Caribbean sun, drive a little while on the wrong side of the road. Get this laying low off to a flying start.” –Kenny Chesney

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Antigua Flag

We have all felt that stir crazy feeling.  You need to go and need to go now! The sun and beach bed calls to me about every month and a half. My sweet hubby doesn’t understand that it is rude not to answer when a beach bed calls. HaHa

When you finally get that chance to go, live a little.  Take a tour of the island with a local. Do what they do, eat where they eat.  They have a passion for the destination they call home and can’t wait to share it with you.  And if you are lucky, they may sing for you along the way.  Let’s face it island people are happy and very entertaining!

ATV tour took us to the highest part of the island.

ATV tour took us to the highest part of the island

While in Antigua last month we did the ATV tour offered thru Island Routes at our Sandals Resort.  It was a great opportunity to see the island and it’s scenic areas.  Also, it filled my need to drive on the wrong side of the road.  We were given a quick lesson on the ATV’s (most of us knew what we were doing but others did need it) and we were off. Traveling from the North East of Antigua on old cane roads, passing through old estates and rural farm lands to arrive at the the historical Monks Hill overlooking the scenic harbours of the South Coast with neighboring islands on the horizon. This is the ultimate riding experience traveling along dirt tracks and animal trails, while enjoying the natural beauty of the island’s interior.

If you are comfortable with renting a car- DO iT and experience driving on the left side of the road. If that seems impossible, do an ATV tour.  You will see parts of the island that is not accessible by car. Isn’t that what everyone one wants?  Something that you don’t do everyday?

Hard to drive and snap pics.  Sorry for the poor quality.

Hard to drive and snap pics. Sorry for the poor quality.

Loved it.  I had to tell them "Mind your momma and read your Bible." Why ?? I don't know it was one of those things I knew I would regret not doing when I got home.

Passed these kids playing cricket in their front yard. Loved it. I had to tell them “Mind your momma and read your Bible.” Why ?? I don’t know it was one of those things I knew I would regret not doing when I got home.

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Palm tree plantations!

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Overlooking the English Harbor. You could see other islands in the distance.

I caught this neat picture as we drove off.

7 Grenadian Expressions Explained

From the Grenada Tourism Offices

I was in Grenada 2 weeks ago and it is truly indescribable. The people are the most friendly of all the islands I have been to. Call me to see Grenada!

I was in Grenada 2 weeks ago and it is truly indescribable. The people are the most friendly of all the islands I have been to. Call me to see Grenada!

Every country has special terms and phrases that are unique to them.  When it comes to the Spice Islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, it is no different.  Every year, our islands are filled with vacationers most of whom are left totally confused by the colloquial expressions, which when coupled with our strong Grenadian accent, becomes even more bewildering.  Due to this, we have created a list of commonly used Grenadian expressions that should help you understand us locals whenever you are here. Feel free to use them at any time.

Tabanka (tah-bank-ah)

Whenever you hear the word ‘tabanka’ used to describe what a person is experiencing, it simply means the state of depression following the breakup of a romantic relationship.
Sentence: When Shelly broke off their relationship, it was obvious that he had a serious case of tabanka.

Lime

If you’re ‘liming’ then you are either hanging out with friends, relaxing or ‘chillaxing’ as others say.  It is not uncommon to hear ‘let’s make a lime.’
Sentence: We decided to go make a lime on Paradise Beach before the start of the Carriacou Parang Festival.

Whine

This is the term used to describe gyrations of the waist in a circular motion most commonly practiced with the sound of soca or calypso music.
Sentence: Upon arrival at the National Stadium, she was amazed to see the way that Grenadians whine whenever runs were scored during England’s Tour of West Indies.

Cabusai (cah-boo-say)

If something is twisted, bent or contains dents, then it is described as cabusai.
Sentence: The box was so cabusai when it arrived, that we decided to call the shipping company to complain.

Sweet Eye

Wendi and Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel

Wendi in Grenada with Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel. She is the Minister for Tourism, civil aviation & culture.

‘Sweet eye’ can be described as a seductive wink used to show affection.  Some persons use it simply as a sign of approval.
Sentence: I knew he wanted to talk when he gave me the ‘sweet eye’ during the ‘Pure Grenada Nutmeg & Spice Cocktail Competition.’

Cheups/Steups

This is the sound made when the tongue is placed between the teeth as an expression of anger or annoyance.
Sentence: After speaking with him about his disrespectful attitude to his supervisor, all he did was steups. It was very rude indeed.

Wah go/Wah say?

Term commonly used to find out how someone is doing in place of the question ‘How are you?’
Question: Wah say?
Response: I’m good.

This list can get quite extensive.  What other Grenadian terms do you know of?

Grenada is one of a kind.

Grenada is one of a kind. It is a great place to kick back and relax!

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