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What to expect when travelling to Barbados during the COVID-19 pandemic

For many of us, travel during 2020 has been a no-go. With various restrictions, new rules and guidelines to consider, it’s more essential than ever to plan, review and adjust to a new way of living.

Barbados is a destination that I’ve wanted to visit for some time, I just hadn’t expected to do so during a pandemic. But nonetheless, after 10 months of no travel and a second UK lockdown, I decided to take the opportunity to venture abroad. There’s plenty of new guidelines to factor in, but it’s possible.

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Connecting with history at London’s ‘Black Chronicles’ art display

I recently visited the National Portrait Gallery in London to view the Black Chronicles display. The gallery features a collection of around 40 photographic portraits with British from 1862 to 1948. Continue reading Connecting with history at London’s ‘Black Chronicles’ art display

Historical legends explored at Rose Hall, Jamaica

As a child my parents bought me a book about the White Witch of Rose Hall in Jamaica by Herbert G. de Lisser.

It’s a fascinating story about Annie Palmer, the former English owner of a plantation in Jamaica and her dictatorship over the lives of the slaves working on her land. There’s even a song written about the legend called “The Ballad of Annie Palmer” recorded by Johnny Cash. Continue reading Historical legends explored at Rose Hall, Jamaica

Five reasons to visit Jamaica

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Creative hairstyles “Bump Twists”

I’ve previously written about Portland in Jamaica, home to my family and a location where many family members still live, however earlier this year I was fortunate to pay them a visit and spend some more time travelling around the country.

Visitors are welcomed to the Caribbean island to enjoy budget, mid-range or luxury accommodation, shopping, nightlife and more. With it’s laidback culture and tourist attractions like Dunns River Falls, Mystic Mountain, YS Falls, it’s a vibrant and warm place to visit. Below are my top five reasons to visit Jamaica. Continue reading Five reasons to visit Jamaica

Colourful Action at Notting Hill Carnival

The largest street party in Europe erupted in west London recently with a blaze of colour to bring hundreds of thousands of people together for the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

With performers, dancing, carnival floats, music and food on offer, each year the carnival is a welcomed opportunity to celebrate Caribbean culture in multi-cultural London. Continue reading Colourful Action at Notting Hill Carnival

‘Welome to Jamrock’ – Portland, Jamaica and why you should visit

WJamaicahilst considering a new blog post, I realised that I hadn’t written about the one place that I have visited numerous times – Jamaica. Now, as I am of Jamaican descent, I try to visit my family that are based there as frequently as I can. Essentially, if I am seeking a break from the UK in search of sunshine, white sandy beaches and family time then this is my place to go (provided I can find a reasonably priced flight).

Now, Jamaica gets quite a mixed response from people, some who adore the difference in culture, the laidback attitude (remember the Malibu advert?) and others who find it a little difficult to adapt to. Continue reading ‘Welome to Jamrock’ – Portland, Jamaica and why you should visit

‘Wandermania On Tour’ hits Caribbean Scene Royale, Docklands

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Open-kitchen at Caribbean Scene Royale

As part of my plans to attend World Travel Market 2012 at the Excel Centre, London, I made plans to meet up with the travel bloggers that are part of Wandermania On Tour.Wandermania, founded by Tracey Friley is a series of travel blogger meet-ups in cities around the world, aimed at inspiring multi-cultural attendees to take their work to the next level through creative marketing and social media campaigns.

The evening provided a fantastic opportunity to meet up with travel bloggers that, to date, I had only been virtually introduced to through social media. Having a get-together on my home turf in London was not a chance to be missed, especially when the venue was announced as Caribbean Scene Royale by the Docklands, an award-winning restaurant  bringing a slice of Caribbean culture to the diversity of London. The evening consisted of an intimate chat, giving us all a chance to be heard and find out more about each other throughout the evening. An in-depth, fun and structured evening in excellent surroundings. Continue reading ‘Wandermania On Tour’ hits Caribbean Scene Royale, Docklands

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tapas recipe (Competition entry)

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My partner’s home-made recreation – delicious!

Please send me on holiday to Barcelona” – Easyjet Holidays competition. I have decided to enter the recipe below for the Easyjet competition taking a little inspiration from Jamaica (ruled by Spain 1509-1655) and of course recreating it tapas style.

To create this tapas dish with a twist, Continue reading Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tapas recipe (Competition entry)