As we sit on this Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 on the tarmac at Grantley Adams airport ready to head home, it seems amazing that we only arrived 4 days ago. We have done so much.
We have met with our solicitor, accountant and estate agent. We have opened a bank account, visited the Barbados Water Authority, the Light and Power Company, Cable & Wireless, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (and queued at each for between 30 minutes and 2 hours).
We bought a new espresso machine (I like my coffee..), bought a lovely bougainvillea for the terrace, chose three new table lamps – oh, and 3 new tables. We also added a chair and a new rug for the living room.
We chatted with Brenda, our housekeeper and Ann our property manager and found time for a pre-breakfast walk along the beach every day, swimming in the warm waters each afternoon.
We ate flying fish at Ju-Ju’s Beach Bar, had lunch at the Beach House in Holetown (twice), enjoyed a super meal at Cin Cin last night (not to be missed) and also had a really interesting chat with Mark, proprietor of Jumas in Speightstown on Friday evening.
We watched the sun go down with a few bottles of locally brewed Banks beer at Mullins Beach Bar where ever-so-friendly Kelvin explained that we were "just a couple of days too early for food". The new format at Mullins is great news for us and for our guests – the Beach Bar (with food) is now being run by the previous owners of the Lone Star who sold up very recently. Mullins is no longer a ‘restaurant’ (and pre-booking tables isn’t possible) but it has the makings of a great venue for an evening drink with a bite to eat and is just a two minute walk from Ocean View.
So all-in-all, a packed 96 hours in Barbados and a really worthwhile visit. Who says the Caribbean is too far for a long weekend?