Country #47: Anguilla

Always nice to be back in the Caribbean.

Excited to be learning about an island that I don’t currently know that much about. That’s about to change! Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Reading about The Cayman Islands

I’ve been defeated by an island nation of 55,000 people.

I’ve tried, tried, and tried again to find a book about the Cayman Islands that I actually wanted to read, but it’s time to call the game. It’s not happening. Not sure if it’s the head-space I’m in, or that everything I came across was either a bulked-up tourist brochure, an exhaustive 700-page history written by a retired expat banker, or oddly too personal and/or political.
I bow to you, little off-shore banking haven. You actually made me not-interested in reading. Not sure that’s ever happened before. I will attempt to honor your unique spirit when I get cooking; I’m sure we can mend our relationship over a nice meal!

Traditional Caymanian Home
Traditional Caymanian Home (image by Lhb1239 (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons)

Country #29 – The Caymen Islands

Country #29, and my third Caribbean destination, are the Cayman Islands. I don’t have much of an image of the place really, beyond just beaches and banking. I’m interested in finding out more!

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Reading about Trinidad & Tobago: The Dragon Can’t Dance

On a hot streak with the books I’m picking: The Dragon Can’t Dance by Trinidadian author Earl Lovelace is another absolute winner.

Delving into life in Calvary Hill, a marginalized neighborhood in Trinidad’s capital city of Port of Spain, this novel takes on the topics of colonialism, racism, poverty, gender roles, aging and more in the most masterful way.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a book with deeper character development, especially the interior journey of the protagonist, Aldrick. Now that I know him, I’ll never forget him. I feel like I’ve been allowed a glimpse into a world that I would never have otherwise been exposed to, and am grateful for the introduction.

Carnival Band

Carnival Band
(image by Dr. Ted Hill, via Wikimedia Commons)