A little lesson in Barbados culture: "Bajan" and "Barbadian" are both adjectives for people or things from Barbados. If you're pronouncing "Bajan" like "Ba-han", don't worry - I made the same mistake. Turns out it's pronounced "Bay-shan" (or like "Bay-sian"). Who knew? Anyway, we are getting pretty used to the Bajan way of life (which, we've learned, is very slow and laid back). I was concerned that I might get antsy with nothing to do all day but lay on the beach, read books/magazines, eat snacks and sleep, but it turns out I'm pretty good at that.See? Again, the weather today was beautiful. Have I mentioned how incredibly soft the sand is here? No joke:You know what else is awesome about Barbados? It never gets cold. Not even at night. Every time we go out to dinner, I bring a sweater or wrap with me in case I get cold (as I generally do), and I haven't needed one at all. Oh, and Barbados carries most American TV channels. Guess what movie was on TNT when we returned from dinner last night? THE NOTEBOOK (a.k.a. The Greatest Movie Ever Created). I don't know if Joe has ever seen me any happier. It rained for a hot minute during the day today, but I was so relaxed I didn't even care (okay, I may have grabbed my stuff and hidden under the umbrella for a few minutes, but I was cool about it)! Look how scary the sky looked: I swear it was scarier in person. Tonight we had dinner with Ben, a cousin of my colleague/friend Jim, who lives in Barbados. Ben was super cool and took us to Daphne's on the West coast of the island, and the food was scrumptious. I had spaghetti with lobster and pesto, and Joe enjoyed free range chicken ravioli. The restaurant is on the beach, and we ate while listening to the waves crashing on the shore. Much more pleasant than a typical Wednesday night when I scoot home from work and scarf down some Tostitos Scoops.
Before signing off for the evening, HCG would like to wish a very happy 4th birthday from Barbados to Miss Madeline Ferry, one of the world's two greatest nieces. MKF: Aunt Gina and Uncle Joe wrote you a special birthday message in the sand:I had to get on Uncle Joe's shoulders to take this photo, and lots of people stared at us. We hope you had a great birthday!