Saint Lucia all the way
Soca carols play (on the radio)
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to drive and eat
Before the blizzard strikes!
|Full lunch: Curry beef, rice, mac and cheese, "greens", black eyed peas, potato salad.|
Dasheen is a form of taro, of which both the leaves and root are used. The starchy root is used to make dasheen pie, something akin to a potato croquette. But better.
|Dasheen. Before pie.|
|Ginger, cabbage and cukes, Oh My.|
|Escaping the rain.|
|My suitcase smells like curry.|
|Cocoa tea: boiled with milk, drunk with glee.|
|Keeping an eye on their eggs.|
|Blackfish, fishcake, shrimp, mussels, fried cassava bread, and turtle. Yes, turtle.|
Fishcakes, curry chicken, and roti: a trio that repeated itself throughout the trip, without complaint.
|Lamb roti and a Piton, the local beer.|
|(The actual Pitons).|
|Curry chicken plate, with the ubiquitous tuna-potato salad.|
|A little medicinal, but I did have a cold.|
|Pre-rum. Check back in 6 months for post-rum.|
Banana plantations were vital to the economy of St. Lucia during the 20th century, taking hold after sugarcane was gradually phased out in the 1950s. But in the 90s, the EU stopped preferentially buying bananas from the Windward Islands, and St. Lucia's economy took a hit from which it has not recovered.
|Driving through the banana fields.|
|Their bananas are much, much tastier than ours.|
|Sorrel, used to make a traditional Christmas drink.|
|Okra: now I know what to avoid.|
|Unless you're a hummingbird, avoid this.|