Grenada 3

I have agreed to write a third edition of the Bradt Travel Guide to Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique in the spring of 2017 with a view to it being published in the autumn.
I’m really looking forward to returning to the islands.

Canyoning (again)

canyoning

So I went canyoning again today; this time with Extreme Dominica and in the company of three young travellers from Canada. After recent rains there was plenty of water; more than I think I have experienced in the canyon before. Big water and bright beams of sunlight made the canyon exciting and beautiful.

Tom Sawyer

I was in Roseau early this morning when one of the capital’s street people approached. Expecting to be asked for a few dollars I was surprised when he said:

“Have you ever read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ?”

I replied that I had, though as a boy, and recalled enjoying it.

He nodded enthusiastically.

I gave him a few dollars and a copy of Dominica Traveller for which, though hardly a substitute for Mark Twain, he seemed very grateful.

hiking

I’m not a hiking expert; I just enjoy a walk from time to time.

In my guidebook I came up with a system of difficulty ratings for Dominica’s trails.

Here’s what I said about it:

“It is simply intended as a basic indication of difficulty …. Naturally what may be tough for one person may be less so for another. There will always be variation, it can’t be helped, and no system will ever be perfect …”

So if you tell me you disagree with them, all I do is roll my eyes.

Nelly Stharre

Nelly

This is a photo I took of my friend Nelly Stharre. She was a very talented singer and song writer as well as a beautiful person. I was thinking about her today.

She asked me to take her on a hike to a place she had never been; so I did. She swam in a waterfall pool like she had always belonged there. A woman of the earth.

Nelly died in mysterious circumstances in August 2015. Her death has never been confirmed nor explained. It’s hard to listen to her music without feeling sad.

discounts

It’s the part of the project I dislike; advertising sales. I’m no good at it, but it’s the only way I can make the second issue of Dominica Traveller happen.

Occasionally the first thing people ask me is ‘what kind of a discount are you going to give me?’. It’s as if they imagine I have no costs and that all their money is going straight into my pocket as profit. The reality is that the magazine is very expensive and a huge effort to produce. I’m not a big publishing house.

I fantasise about walking into a restaurant and asking ‘how much of a discount are you going to give me to eat here?’. People would think that was a strange thing to do.

Pomme

Pomme

This is my friend Pomme (aka Pump) who has lived completely self-sufficiently on a mountain plateau in the south of Dominica for almost 40 years. He was the inspiration for an article in the first issue of Dominica Traveller and he features on the cover.