Posts Tagged With: raft up

You may be becoming a local Barbadian if…

  • You naturally read the title of this post as “yuh know ya iz a Bajan if”.
  • You run on casual island time… until you’re in your car. 
  • “Cheese on bread” no longer refers to an edible snack commonly requested by European children. It is now an expressive phrase appropriately placed in certain situations. (If you want a good laugh, check out the blog Cheese on Bread, they did such a great job with describing Ya know ya is is A Bajan when).
  • You involuntary stuepse (a sound made by sucking of the teeth) a person, situation or random action. It just comes out of nowhere! This should of been included in the post 5 not-so well known facts of Barbados.
  • You head to the beach in the pouring rain knowing it’ll be blue skies by the time you get there. Unless you’re a true local that’s afraid of water. Then you’re not going anywhere near the sea or out in the rain! “Bajans run to fire and away from water”.

And the most current realization that Iz-uh (an adopted) Bajan… Christmas takes second place to Boxing Day celebrations. All of a sudden Decemebr 25th feels like Christmas Eve to what’s ahead on the 26th!  

Boxing Day.

If you have boat, bring it. If you don’t arrive by water, bring some sort of creative floatation device. If you’ve left your raft at home, bring a blanket or a towel. If all else fails, just show up! It’s a cooler party which means you provide your own snacks and drinks as there’s none provided for purchase. To get the history and witness last years shenanigans, check out  Boxing Day, no gloves needed.

This year was yet another successful bundles of memories made at Reeds Bay Barbados. Big boats, rafts, jet skies, barge cruises, tents, umbrellas, the list goes on! Instead of my typical photo gallery, I’m going to post a video put together by Matt Stone. You’ve seen some of his work at Stone Sharp Images!

A special thanks to Brendon McKenzie (and probably a dozen others) for the organization and promotion of this event! 

Wishing you all a bright new year of beautiful adventures and love within!

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PCD (Post Cropover Depression) and the cure.

Kadooment has come to an end. I’ll pause for a moment of silence…

All of the bedazzled costumes have been retired and the closest thing to a mobile drink truck you’ll see is that of the icecream man making his way down the smoldering hot road. Sweet Soca music is now only played 80% of the time, instead of 99% and lastly, the constant nightly parties have dwindled down. This my friends is what some may refer to as the beginning of PCD – Post Cropover Depression. But there’s no need to fear… The beach is still here! (Hopefully some of you children from the 80’s chanted that last sentence in the tune of Wonder Dog). Here’s a few examples of what might bide your time till next carnival season. 

Find a cruise! Search this blog alone and you’ll see several years of celebrations out at sea. A few of the popular companies are Seaduced, Jammin, MC Buccaneer  and my personal favorite, Cool Runnings. This year I tried a new one just to broaden my experience around the island. Here’s the well known “pirate ship” called the Jolly Rogers!

The next boat may be smaller, but the the party doesn’t lack a bit! (enter your own joke here). A typical Sunday on the west coast usually involves several friends, a couple of boats, countless floating items and many memories! Here are just a bundle of shots to give you a glimpse of the fun to be had!

Prefer to be on a board instead of a boat? That’s an easy fix, just check out Ryans Instagram @whatsupbarbados!

Tired of the scene above the Caribbean Sea? Take a peak under, you’d be amazed at what you may find! Photo credit to Ryan Rodriguez and the close ups of these beautiful creatures!

Ooh handstand shot!

Keep yourself busy with evening beach parties! 

Foam fun!

…and sunset memories.

Till next season…

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Boxing Day… no gloves needed!

Ok, so the 25th has passed and all is quiet on the island… 

                                                                          Yeh, if you’re the only one that lives in a cave!

Boxing Day is a holiday that generally takes place on the 26th of December being that it’s the day after Christmas. It’s been said that this bank holiday was developed because servants were required to work on Christmas, but were allowed to take the following day off. As the workers prepared to leave, their employers would give them a gift box, hence “Boxing Day”. Another theory is that there were boxes put in churches in which the wealthy deposited coins for the poor. These were then opened on the 26th and distributed. No matter where or how it began, it has developed into a break from the daily grind with good reason to keep the celebrations going.  

So how did we go about the festivities this year? The only gifting that came from a box was the abundunce of coolers filled with adult beverages. I suppose the major exchange involved the giddy locals sharing laughter and positive energy. With white sand, a big sky and hundreds of friends ready for some down time we gathered at a surprise location for what’s unofficially called “The raft up”. The photos speak for themselves!      

If you didn’t come in by water, not to worry as there’s a grand chance that you know someone who did. With the Barbados heat hugging your skin, a nice swim to a friends boat seemed to be the perfect way to cool off. Here’s a shot looking back at the island.   

Now since you get the visual of this massive social event, imagine the background tunes ranging from the top 40 hits combined with dance beats and a solid Soca mix. This only 2nd to the laughter and chitty-chat from the vibrant people all around you. Music to my ears!
The idea captured below had to of been the most impressive creative moment of the day. The sand is a bit tricky to brace a table, so instead they dug holes to create an elevated stage. When you want something bad enough… You make it happen. Brilliant!   
Can’t you just feel the love? 

   

    

    

   

    …and to think this was only a small percentage of the photos taken! 

If several of these smiles look familiar, it’s more than likely due to the years down de road in all of the Kadooment posts.  Happy friends, good tunes and the Caribbean sunshine. My cup is overflowing (and I’m not talking about the Bajan Rum Punch)!

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