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Country #3


Welcome to Barbados
Welcome to Barbados

I’m a numbers guy, and because I remember everything numerically, I remember the third county I ever visited was Barbados. I saw an advertisement for the Barbados Food and Rum Festival and figured it would be a great time to return and sample what the country has to offer.


The last time I was in Barbados was 2005 and back then it wasn’t a Republic. I was there for a total of four days and it was quite an experience. Back then I wasn’t the travel guru (in my mind) that I am today. I understood nothing about travel. I showed up when I was told and followed the lead of the adults. The only thing I was aware of is an old Caribbean joke that said Liat meant “Leave Island any time” considering they were always late despite having a schedule.

Liat in Antigua
Liat in Antigua

I remember traveling for what felt like an eternity, making stops in Antigua and Dominica before ultimately landing in Barbados. After securing a driver at the airport I traveled to a guest house. I remember renting a room from an elderly woman and running around the corner to get food from the shop. The beach was roughly a 10-minute walk and I managed to miss it every time.


Barbados is the one place I have visited and other than the passport stamp, I have no pictures that can take me back to that time, which is why I think it’s a great time for a visit. So if you’re a Barbadian Hotel and want to hire me for some free promo, you know where to find me. Until then, let’s see how long it takes me to return.

Rum table, Barbados
Rum table, Barbados


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