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Another Day in Paradise

So in many ways people believe that the Caribbean is paradise - that is how we market ourselves to get tourists! Beautiful beaches, sand, sun ... and it always amuses me when people come on holiday and they get a 10 day taste of the island they really think here is perfect. The best is when they think of moving to Barbados and working "on the beach with their laptop" ... they can't believe we aren't doing that already! Well except for the impracticality and all the sand getting in our keyboards...I guess we also have a case of not appreciating what we have until it is gone...I have been traveling so much this year that July 2010 when I had friends visiting and when I was working with some French students here was the first time I made it to the beach in Barbados - I know it is a sin! But we have it right there, so we don't feel the need to go to it everyday....this made me wonder what else in my life do I take for granted? That is right there but I don't call on until an emergency...

Barbados has been a relatively safe and peaceful island but I must admit reading the newspapers lately I wonder where I am - the doctors are on strike, the sanitation workers are on strike...last weekend three people were killed - this is not the Barbados I know and moved to when I was 9 years old back in 1990 - it looks like finally all the evils of the world are catching up with this "paradise"...



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What an interesting perspective you give us!

I will have to admit, that the picture you included sure does make Barbados look like paradise! Although, with doctors and sanitation workers on strike, I can imagine less-than-ideal scenarios. Like you say, you don't know what you've got till it's gone.... Thank you for the reminder to appreciate the blessings in our lives.

And, for people on vacations, "the grass is always greener!" Reality is always more complex than it seems at first glance, and I'm sure spending more than 10-days anywhere would reveal this to be true.

Thank you for sharing your outlook on your home... I am curious what you think might be bringing "all the evils of the world" to Barbados? Maybe in part, it's all the tourists?

I'm thrilled to see you're applying for the Voices of Our Future program! I look forward to hearing more from you on PulseWire.

Best wishes,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

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Hi Scott Yes, I am looking

Hi Scott

Yes, I am looking forward to participating in the Voices of Our Future Program - at least the lead up to it for selection. I am sure it will be challenging but a great learning experience.

As for what may be bringing all the evils of the world to Barbados ... hahaha well I guess it's globalisation and "development" ... and it also depend son what you consider development....some people see development being high rises and the latest cars and clothes, for me development is being able to leave my door open and not worry about theft you know?

So it's not the tourists as much as the influences from television and the fact that a lot of persons from the island travel overseas, study overseas, work there and then come back and try to implement a lot of the foreign ways of doing business and existing into a small island that does not have the infrastructure to support some of these mechanisms.

The economy is now also on a downturn so people are feeling the pinch more and therefore becoming a lot more desperate!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

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