So, almost two years after our southern Caribbean cruise, here is the post about the last island we visited – Grenada.
I knew almost next to nothing about the island but was very eager to visit it. Particularly I was very excited as Grenada is very close to South America – a continent which I have never been to but would like to visit. So visiting Grenada was like going closer and closer to South America.
The air in Grenada is different – it is filled with the smells of all kinds of spices which you can feel almost immediately after setting foot on the island. The heat and the smell of spices made the air feel very heavy.
As a whole, 2015 was a good year for me although I didn’t travel as much as I wanted to. In total I visited 7 countries, 6 of which new. That’s a lot of new countries for me in a year and I doubt I will repeat that number any time soon. That’s thanks to our Caribbean Cruise, on which we visited 6 islands – Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, Antigua, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Grenada.
Usually, when I dream about visiting a new place, I try to be realistic in my dreams so there is a bigger chance of them coming true. The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia was one of these places, which I secretly dreamed to visit one day but I wasn’t sure if that was actually going to happen.
Surprisingly, that dream came through in 2015 – when I was researching the routes for our cruise, I chose one which included Saint Lucia.
The stories about pirates in the Caribbean and rich Europeans, who were sent to unknown lands to manage trading companies and banks probably originated from islands like St. Thomas and its capital city Charlotte Amalie. In 1691 the town was named after the wife of the Danish King Christian V and in its early days was famous with stories about pirates.
Although I did a lot of research on cruising, I couldn’t fully understand it until I experienced it. It is a different type of travelling and I had so many questions to which I couldn’t get clear answers.
Before embarking on our 7 day cruise in the Southern Caribbean, we had one day in San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico. With only one day it was clear that we wanted to spend it in the Old Town San Juan. When we arrived at the airport we immediately felt the high level of humidity in the air so typical for the Caribbean.
We rarely travel somewhere in the first two months of the year although it is very common amongst Canadians. And it is understandable why – the winter in Canada is cold and snowy, and the skies are covered with dark clouds. Actually, the only time we travelled in February was in 2011 when we visited San Diego. It was summer in February and it was a little strange for me, because I always associate this month with lots of snow and cold weather.