Here's my input to this (but this applies to all the Islands in the West Indies that we have visited or will visit) – can’t wait to read everyone else’s contributions –
1. Booking the holiday – I get sooo excited I’m like a kid at Christmas – then starting the countdown – trying to keep the smiles off our faces when we announce our next destination to family, friends & work colleagues (we always book 18 months in advance as soon as the brochure comes out)
2. The packing of the cases – my wife does these 3 weeks prior to departure but starts buying the clothes at least six months prior to leaving!! (As long as I have my West Indies cricket shirts/hat in mine then I’m happy!!!)
3. Watching the island appear out of the plane window – landing at the airport and feeling the heat when the plane doors open
4. Reacquainting ourselves with the sights, smells and sounds of the island on the journey to the hotel
5. Getting to the room/cottage & dropping off the cases then turning to each other and saying – ‘Welcome Home’!!!
6. Appleton Rum or Cockspur, Mount Gay, Cavalier, English Harbour, River Antoine (depending on island) / Red Stripe, Carib, Banks, Piton, Wadadli (again depends on island) for me & cocktails for my wife.
Plus listening to the sweet sounds of Reggae, Calypso, dancehall & steel pan
7. Salt fish & ackee for breakfast, breadfruit, Johnny Cakes, curried goat, lobster, conch, coconut water, fresh sea food, Roti, festival, souse, fish fry/fish Friday etc etc
8. Enjoying meeting, chatting & mixing with the locals whilst out & about in town etc – they have to be some of the most friendly, warm & welcoming people anywhere
9. The tree frogs at night – to quote a movie line “the children of the night, what sweet music they make”.
10. Waking up every morning in such a beautiful part of the world and being lucky enough to be able to visit those islands again & again
I can easily go up to 20 but this gives you an idea (and I could add the rest later) – anyway as the late, great Nesta Robert Marley (his proper name) would say – ‘Don’t worry ‘bout a t’ing, cause every little t’ing gonna be alright’
So come on folks let’s hear what you have to say!!!!
(I have deliberately left island names out as some people get really possessive of particular islands that they cannot see past them & would never, ever consider anywhere else for a visit)