As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

Win a Ticket to Antigua’s Most Fabulous Food and Drink Affair

Food & Drink Party

Photo courtesy of the new Sugar Ridge Hotel opening in December.

Join me at one of the year’s most fabulous parties in Antigua

Enter a comment at the bottom of this post naming your favourite place to eat in Antigua and including a sentence describing why you like it so much. Enter as many times as you like. The best single entry will be selected on the morning of Saturday Dec 5, 2009 at 10:00 am.

The Prize

The lucky winner will receive as a complimentary gift one of the few remaining tickets to the fabulous Antigua Food and Drink Industry party happening later on the same day. At the party the winner will be photographed with the glitteratti of the island and will be wined and dined by the best in the food and drink industry in Antigua BAR NONE.

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You must register here for a free subscription to the travel blog in order to claim your prize. Notification that you’ve won will be sent out through the subscription. If the original winner does not call in and claim their prize then a new alternate winner will be chosen every half hour until someone claims the prize. Best of luck and see you there!

Everyday Sights in Antigua

Goat on sea cliffs made of red rock

Goat on red rock cliffs beside the sea in Antigua.

Goat Friendly

In Antigua you are liable to run into goats almost anywhere. In colder climates keeping livestock requires barns to store their feed and to protect them in the winter. Barns of course need space to build. All of this makes keeping livestock in colder climates more than a casual undertaking so that even without bylaws prohibiting livestock in residential areas you wouldn’t expect to see many goats in the suburbs of major cities. However in Antigua goats, donkeys, and cattle  survive outdoors year round and require far less space to thrive. In fact your neighbor might have a goat or two, or several on the unoccupied plot of land across the street from your house. Being goats they will eat all of anything green as well as a little of almost everything else.

Don’t Leave your Gate Open

Leave your gate open when you’re gone and the odds are fair that you’ll return to find they’ve paid a visit to your yard and have made short work of your vegetable garden. Never mind the goats, even though we aren’t far from the country’s largest town of St. John’s, forgetting to close the gate and returning to find someone else’s cow in the yard is not unheard of. But despite these inconveniences goats and cattle can’t be disparaged too fervently. Although cooking your neighbor’s trespassing livestock appears to be far less common and acceptable than it used to be, both cows and goats still taste far too good curried in a roti to ever hold that much of a grudge against them.

Antigua Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) Takes Day Trip to Green Island

The purpose of this trip was to check the rat detection system on the ecologically sensitive Green Island offshore of Antigua and Barbuda. It was no sight seeing stroll …  the various traps in the rat detection system were spread across the island and the hike between them was particularly grueling. Being regulars on this trip through the nearly impenetrable interior of the island, Project Coordinator Donald Anthonyson, and his assistants Shawn and Tahambay jokingly referred to themselves as soldiers … part of a unit called the fearless crew.

But I showed a little grit of my own by making the trip while also carrying a pack full of heavy camera gear. I may have even earned some grudging respect when without complaining I simply wiped away the debris from a gash on my arm and kept pushing on after the dense thorns actually drew my blood. In any case the crew informed me that I had earned a badge of membership in the unit … though I would have to come on a few more trips before I truly earned my stripes.

The Wall

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This heavy rock wall disappeared into the underbrush. We marveled at how difficult it must have been build a wall on such steep and rough ground. Donald said "must have been slavery days ... that's the only way you could get someone to build a wall like that".

Perfect Day for a Picnic on Green Island, Antigua and Barbuda

Today I accompanied Donald Anthonyson of the Antigua’s Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) on a working trip to Green Island off the coast of Antigua.

After completing the grueling hike through the dense interior of the island, myself and the other members of the EAG emerged onto the idyllic beach where we were to be picked up by the boatman.

There we mat Brad and Julie Est of Park City, Utah enjoying a day on the island. They and a couple of local Antiguan friends had packed a picnic and piloted a small boat there from Antigua.

Of his day on Green Island Brad wrote: “Brad delighted in enjoying a totally beautiful deserted sandy island paradise. Much to his surprise he was greeted by a scorpion who crawled up Brad’s leg to say hello. The friendship was short lived”.

Brad and Julie’s Antiguan friends were a couple named the Gillis’. Of the day Jose had this to day: “Beautiful day spent with friends on Green Island (we call this “Garden of Eden”). Being from Antigua we know many places but this is the top one”.

Brothers swinging in the breeze

Brothers swinging in the breeze

Swinging on the tree

Swinging on the tree

Swim with mom on Green Island

Swim with mom on Green Island

Picnic on Green Island

Picnic on Green Island

Antigua and Barbuda Museum Fundraiser


Antonio and Wife Claudia who helped organize the event.

Antonio and Wife Claudia who helped organize the event.

The history and cultural heritage of Antigua and Barbuda is preserved by the country’s national museum with the assistance of many dedicated supporters. Tonight I was fortunate to attend the Antigua and Barbuda Museum’s yearly fundraising event.

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Private and Media Opening of Alvin Kofi’s Exhibit “Colour & Movement”

The public opening of Alvin Kofi’s exhibit is scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) but I was pleased to be able to attend the private opening tonight. The setting was intimate and the event itself rewarding. Alvin walked the group of attendees through the heart and soul of the process that brought forth his work; from the subjects that inspired him, to the techniques through which he communicated what he described as “a cultural and spiritual awakening”.


Alvin Kofi describes his work to patrons.

Alvin Kofi describes his work to patrons.

One piece called “Embrace” focused on two pairs of arms as a man embraced a woman from behind. One pair of arms was holding and another pair of arms was caressing the arms in which they were being held. In relation to the work Kofi quoted an excerpt from his poetry: “trust from knowing certainty warmth and hope. That one can find in one loving embrace”.

The work itself was visually somewhat complex. The figures involved in the embrace were in the background and almost indecipherably muted. The arms tangled in the embrace emerged from those muted figures. And the emotion communicated spoke powerfully through the physical language of the embrace. The combined impact of Kofi’s work and words together were moving, particularly so for one aspiring young artist. As fascinated with the work as the rest of the audience the admiring young artist searched for words to explain how the elements of the work came together to deliver such a simple powerful message. ”It’s so confusing” he struggled.  When he finally came up with words they were completely unexpected. “It’s like an arms salad” he said. I laughed out of appreciation. For me he had captured the impression unforgettably with the eloquent directness of the young.

Alvin Kofi and fellow artist Heather Doram.

Alvin Kofi and fellow artist Heather Doram.

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