The Calm Before the Storm (That Never Was)

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I want to share with you some breathtaking views that I captured at Goodman’s Bay in Western Nassau. It was early September, the day before Hurricane Irma was supposed to hit, and there were not as many people using the beach as an outdoor gym or cool out spot.¬†The sand was sparsely dotted with a few brave souls who were either relaxing or finishing up their final workout sessions.

As I waited for my son’s training session to end, I considered how Irma, which was already barrelling through the Caribbean and ravaging everything in her path, would probably change the landscape forever once she made landfall in Nassau. In the rapidly fading light I quickly snapped four shots which I hoped would preserve, at least digitally, the serenity of Goodman’s Bay on that evening.

Luckily Irma decided to spare Nassau, and the Bay remains unchanged. Hopefully you too will get to enjoy one of these magical sunsets when you come this. PuraVida ūüôā

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Summer Breezy

A while back I¬†showed you some¬†beach views¬†of Eastern Nassau. This¬†post has views of the same area but I did it in the form of a video instead. It was an unbelievably hot day and there was nothing to do but¬†sit on the beach in the shade a tree and feel the refreshing breeze on¬†my face.¬†Just give yourself an hour or two out here and you’ll forget that the rest of the world even exists. Try it!

The video was recorded on the drive back from Yamacraw beach¬†and heading along Eastern Road. You will get little peeks¬†of Nassau’s Eastern¬†coast as well as glimpse the beautiful houses that line the shore. Could the¬†beat in the background be any more perfect? Enjoy!

 

Tornado in the Bahamas!

A little over two weeks ago pictures showing a waterspout near the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau emerged on social media. It had everyone talking excitedly¬†about the “tornado” that was about to hit the capital, but being ever sceptical I dismissed it as nothing (maybe it wasn’t even a current photo), until my friend confirmed that it¬†had actually been¬†on the news. Anyway, the waterspout dissipated and everything quickly returned to normal. It was not to be that way for too long…

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(NEW PROVIDENCE, JUNE 15, 2016)

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Paradise Island Bridge, Bahamas

Since today is a public holiday in the Bahamas (Labor Day), I decided to take my workout to the Paradise Island (PI) Bridge. There are actually two bridges connecting PI to the mainland, New Providence (Nassau), and provide another great way to stay in shape if you’re in the Bahamas.

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Perks include the beautiful view, especially when you get to the  very top. On your walk/ jog you will see the Atlantis hotel, tourists coming and going by boat or ship and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading

Steel pan music is from Jamaica?

Mitch: You know I don’t think it would be such a bad idea if we went down to Jamaica. Did a little legwork.

Amanda: Nice try.

Mitch: But I do love steel drum music. Do you know why there are those little numbers on the inside of the drum?

Amanda: Will my life change if I do?

Mitch: Well each number corresponds to a note. Now it take years to master these notes. These guys are musical geniuses. Did you know that there are some notes that are only audible to them?

So I’m minding my own business, flicking through channels about two Saturdays ago when I spot a map and a flag of Jamaica on the screen. I check the name of the show and realize it’s called¬†The Inspectors. Of course I’m instantly on alert as soon as I realize that Jamaica is being discussed. I see/ hear a couple of investigators talking about the lottery scam (whole other topic for a completely different post) and I already know this won’t be good, but I’m curious nevertheless. I grab my phone and start recording. Continue reading

Mi nuh deh a Jamaica now; mi deh a Ochi.

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So apparently Jamaicans the world over are feeling quite puzzled because of a WhatsApp voice note that’s been making the rounds in the past few days. In the message a female voice can be heard telling someone that she lives in Jamaica. No big deal, right? The cringe worthy moment comes, however, when she explains that she’s not in Jamaica, but is instead in Ochi. A weh di…Wha-???

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Now for anyone who is not really familiar with Jamaica, that means nothing. But for everyone who is from, or associated with yaad we know Ochi is the short for our beloved and beautiful Ocho Rios, a breath-taking town on Jamaica’s north coast. So if Ochi is located in Jamaica, what is this young lady talking about? Continue reading