a soul in sight. Waves and birds the only sounds.
Yet it’s full Friday
morning. Okay, the sound of a dinghy.
little wooden cottage at the edge of the rainforest. The ocean just steps in
front of me. Rain pounding onto the metal roof, sea flat and indigo. A 600 year
old tree beside the cottage. That’s before Columbus ever set eyes on the Americas.
night guard brings us a bag of fruit from the gardens. His smile is wide and shy.
rasta type guy on the road boldly tells us, “Welcome to Dominica!” Everyone
is so proud of their island.
roads struggle to cross the steep mountains. And these are mountains to be reckoned with. Men repairing large potholes wave. “Ok, Mami!”they call as we pass. In places, the track is barely wide
enough for our little car.
the scenery! Deep vales of huge tropical plants and massive walls of ferns and
bamboo! Bananas, papayas, breadfruit, all growing wild along the side of the
hibiscus, plumeria and a dozen others reach for the sky. The wealthy haven’t claimed the
oceanfront in Dominica as they have elsewhere. Here, some of the most
spectacular views are fronted by an old wooden cabin or two. Or nothing. A few
Incredible pristine beauty. And not a soul around.
many visitors to Dominica. We have the coastline and rivers to ourselves,
shared with a crab or a funny little agouti. Maybe a curious iguana.
Found these all in the same garden.
the rain forest, we find another tiny wooden cottage to rent.
Outdoor shower, hammock, balcony. Everything just perfect. The owners are young and French. I can smell dinner. They bake their
own bread. Make their own pâté. Use the local ingredients to design incredible meals.
Even a fresh grapefruit meringue pie. Grapefruit meringue!
2-wheel drive car wouldn’t make it up here. The road is daunting. The gardener said
we could park it at his father’s house, down the road, so we did. Then all of us walked up the steep
Drove along the north coast and through various mountains, stopped at “Number One Beach”, where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. Yes, another world. An abundance of nature - beautiful and remote.