Barbados seems to have more health fairs than you can shake a stick at. All through the year there are health events where you can get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked, sample healthy goodies and try out the latest products to boost your health. One such event is the Barbados Reiki Association’s Holistic Health Fair, coming up on March 1st. (Full disclosure: I’m in the association, but I’ve gone to every fair and love the chance to try out different therapies at a very reasonable $20). If you want to talk health, this one’s for you.
Here’s an event you won’t want to miss – the Bridgetown Literary Tour.
I had the privilege of going on the first one. It was excellent! Here are the details:
Tour Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Tour Time: 10 a.m. – noon; Meet at 9:30 a.m. Coach leaves at 10 a.m. sharp
Tour Start & End Point: Errol Barrow Statue, Independence Square (Days Books if raining)
Organisers: Writers Ink & ArtsEtc.
Price: Bds $85.00 (incl. lunch at the Waterfront Café from 12:30 p.m.)
For tickets contact: Esther Phillips Tel: 437-2443 / email: [email protected]
For more info on the tour: A Writer’s View of Bridgetown
Barbados used to be a place where the water almost never went off. As a girl in Trinidad, water outages were a regular part of my experience, but when I moved to Barbados that became a thing of the past.
Things have changed.
In the last couple of years there have been regular water outages, and they seem to have stepped up recently.
This week was the worst in a while, with the water off for a full two days, and with virtually no warning. You never know how much you use water till it’s gone.
So, if you’re living in Barbados, it’s best to be alert to the signs.
1. Learn what your regular water pressure is so you will realise when it’s getting low.
2. Keep a few clean, empty bottles you can use for storing drinking water and water for ablutions if necessary.
3. If you notice low water pressure, start filling those bottles. If you have other bottles that aren’t clean, fill those too, as you can use them for flushing the loo.
4. Fill your kettle and any other large containers.
5. If cool water is a must, put one of the bottles in the fridge (because if your water dispenser is linked to your taps, you won’t get any).
6. Disinfect the water from your storage tank by adding a few drops of Dettol – that should make it safe for showering and washing up. [Disclaimer: I’m neither a doctor nor an expert on tropical bugs – do this at your own risk (though my mother, who used the same method in Guyana in her youth, is alive and well)].
One lucky thing is that most houses in Barbados have solar water heaters, with accompanying tanks, so you will be able to get water from the hot tap for a while after it goes off. Use it sparingly, though; it doesn’t last long.
Usually, on the first day, you can operate almost as normal, though perhaps drinking slightly less water than usual. If the water outage goes on much longer, you might be forced to seek a new way of getting clean. A dip in the sea followed by a rinse at the beach facility’s shower can be tremendously refreshing.
It’s been a while since we checked in with the Jays. Back in January, they visited Barbados to formally take possession of their new home, before heading back to the UK to pack up and make a permanent move.
A couple of weeks ago, they came back and started the process of making the house into a home and adapting to their new life in Barbados. That involved things like finding contractors to handle renovations, buying a car and discovering the delights of trying to get things done.
In addition, they now have their own blog, titled Minimalist, where they chart their discoveries following downsizing and relocating. It makes great reading. Check it out for tales from the bureaucratic front, up to date pricing for furniture and food, and lots of interesting anecdotes on the local culture and lifestyle. Check it out – and we’ll have occasional updates, too.
Don’t miss the other posts in the series following the Jays’ move to Barbados:
- Move to Barbados – Meet the Jays
- The Jays Search for Barbados Property
- The Jays Move to Barbados: Choices, Choices
- The Big Decision: What Kind of Community?
- The Jays Brave the Bank
- The Jays: A Chequered Tale
- The Jays Move to Barbados – Special Delivery
- The Jays Move to Barbados – The Legal Bit
- The Jays Move to Barbados – What Will it Cost?
- The Jays: A Piece of the Rock
And see how we made our move in the From the Ground Up series.