30-Day Challenge Day Five: A place you would live, but have never visited

30 Day Writing Challenge

Day Five: A place you would live, but have never visited

Once my child graduates from high school it is my intention to leave my hometown of Seattle. Due to the way my sojourn in Tanzania widened my perspective, the idea of expatriate life appeals to me. After all, if ninety days could affect me so deeply I’m confident that living abroad for a long stretch of time would provide even more opportunity for growth.  A place that I have not visited but could end up on the short list of places to relocate is the Eastern Caribbean nation of Barbados.

Bajan Flag


Barbados appeals to me for the following reasons:

1) Climate. After living in the Pacific Northwest for so long, I am too through with gray, wet and cold weather. My constitution is better geared for tropical weather and beaches.

2) Culture. The British West Indies are known for having a unique and deep history, which they treasure and fiercely protect. This tendency is especially strong among the Bajans I’ve encountered. Living in Barbados would allow me to learn of Bajan culture in its’ birthplace versus observing it in the US, where immigrant cultures frequently transform as they assimilate mainstream culture.