My Trip To Dominica

The Land of My Mother, The Land of My Mother’s Mother, The Land of My Mother’s Mother’s Mother ……….

Commonwealth of Dominica

HOME IS WHERE YOUR FAMILY IS

The last time I could remember going to Dominica was for my grandfather’s funeral back in 1996. I recently made a trip to Dominica with my family to visit my grandmother. This was the first time I went to Dominica as an adult.

Maneuvering your way out of the airport doesn’t take more than 5 minutes, from gathering my bag, “security,” passport control, and then exiting. I never knew how green Dominica was, you are surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills.

The soul purpose for my trip was to visit my 93 year old grandmother Agnes Alexander.

AGNES ALEXANDER , 93 years old

My grandmother was so excited to see us. We sang old church songs other, did some math problems, and threw the ball around. I am so happy that I got the opportunity to see her after all these years.

Things To Do In Dominica

Ti Kwen Glo Cho – Spa in Wotten Waven

Ti kwen glo cho is Creole for ‘little corner of water, which I discovered when I visited. The name is well fitting for this charming spa surrounded by tropical gardens at the top of the village.

Hot sulfurous water bubbles up from below and is cooled down with fresh water from a waterfall before gushing into two communal stone pools from bamboo pipes.

If you prefer privacy, fill up one of the three personal freestanding bath tubs. The reception doubles as a bar and also sells home-cooked food.

  • PRICE – ADULT $10 CHILDREN $5
  • HOURS – 9AM- 11PM
  • CONTACT – 767-295-4432
  • LOCATION – WOOTEN WAVEN, DOMINICA

Emerald Pool Nature Trail

Fed by a clear mountain water rushing from a 40 foot waterfall, Emerald pool’s waters appear emerald green in the leafy, filtered sunlight.

Emerald Pool is located in Morne Trois Piton National Park. It is surrounded by verdant forest and offers swimmers and waders a cooling respite on humid days. It is the most accessible waterfall in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Buses pass the Emerald Pool on their way to the villages of Castle Bruce and Carib Territory, and can be caught be the west outbound bridge in Roseau. Bus fare:EC$6.50 adults and children EC$3.25.

If traveling by car, once at the Pont Casseroundabout take the road to Castle Bruce and Carib Territory. Lookout for the road sign on the left-hand side of the road at the junction.

Trafalgar Falls

These beautiful famous twin waterfalls are a 20-minute drive from the town of Roseau. It’s a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path to the visitor reception area, where you can photograph both falls from a viewing platform.

As you walk the path, be sure to stop at the warm spring that flows across the trail. The more daring can continue on to swim in the refreshing waters of the smaller waterfall or find the hot springs of the tallest fall.

Indian River- Dominica

The Indian River got its name because Kalinago (Carib Indian) lived along its banks and used it as an access route to the Caribbean Sea. The river was important to their livelihood as they used it to transport goods for trade with sailors and along the island chain.

The Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed here. While going up the river you can visit the renowned ‘Bush Bar’ and try thier signature rum drink, smoked fish, and a variety of other drinks, juices and tasty local cuisine.

It’s a 1½-hour return boat ride along this shady mangrove. While on the river you have a chance of spotting egrets, crabs, iguanas, hummingbirds and more.

Island Tour

Take a tour and see what the island has to offer. There are a lot of tour opinions. I took a tour with a family friend and we got to see so many beautiful places on the island.

Island Tours Around Dominica

My time in Dominica was spent snapping photos outside of everything around me, spending time with family, and eating my heart out of my family’s cooking. I spent most of my days exploring the island and the beauty that nature had to offer.

I could never imagine being from somewhere else. I absolutely love Dominica. It is such a beautiful place. I would recommend visiting ASAP. I had such a great time visiting friend and family. Dominica is home for both of my parents. I promised myself that I will introduce my children to their heritage. Culture is pride and pride is success.

I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post. I had so much fun writing it. I love traveling and I think it is something I will be doing for a very long time.

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Dear 2016

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Oh what a year. I’ve spent the last year finishing up graduate school in London and traveling the world. 2016 was the year that I discovered that I wanted more in life than just a boring relationship where we sit at home on Saturday nights and watch Netflix. I experienced new things and met a lot of really amazing people that I miss. I entered a few situation-ships that ended and some that did not even make it past 2 days. I got my feelings hurt a few times and cried just a little bit. Every year I learn something new. In 2016 I learned that I can’t be with someone who doesn’t love me more than I love them. I can’t be with someone who won’t fight for me. I also learned that love should not come with excuses.

I also learned a lot about myself. I learned that I love way to hard and I let people get the best of my emotions. I also learned that I hate traveling but I love going to new places. When I say I hate traveling I hate the part of getting to a new place. Packing, going to the airport, going through TSA, boarding the plane, waiting for your luggage, etc. Yeah that annoying stuff but I love seeing and exploring new places.

Last New Year’s Eve I spent it working at a restaurant called Ball’s Brothers in London. I was a bit upset that I didn’t get the chance to go out and experience New Year’s Eve in London but I did end up traveling to The Netherlands. From there later that year in April I got on a place and flew to Milan, Italy and then to Cape Town South Africa. That May I was finally finished with school and I decided to travel to accompany my cousin to Rome, Italy and from there we traveled to Florence and Pisa, Italy.

That summer I did more traveling than I did my entire life. I was off again July 22 to Berlin, Germany where I lived for about 2 months and finished my masters dissertations. During that time  I also traveled to Paris, France. Oh my gosh that place is so beautiful. From there I finally got to see the beautiful town of Tuscany-Florence, Italy. I had such an amazing trip. Great food and great wine – a girl can’t complain.

In October we packed our bags and we headed back to Cape Town, South Africa where we spent the next 2 and a half months at the very tip of Africa. It was such an amazing experience. Even though my phone was stolen I still enjoyed every moment of being in such a beautiful place. Unfortunately , my adventure had to end I finally flew back to the United States and landed in the Virgin Islands visiting family and friends. It feels great to be back home. Oh 2016 I racked up a lot of miles on many different airlines and I met a lot of really amazing people. I can honestly say that I have nothing to complain about.

I learned a lot this year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in stored for me. I will be flying back to Texas on January 12th and I have no idea what to expect. I have to get back to reality but my traveling days aren’t over. You’ll see me at an airport very soon.