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.

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A native Seattleite and recent East Coast transplant, I have been interested in politics, religion, and race from the day I saw “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on the bookshelf belonging to my BFF’s mom back in 1991. While my zealotry has thankfully diminished with maturity, I remain the deep thinking, passionate, and humble woman I have always been. I reside in the suburbs of NYC with my husband, daughter, and our two feisty but deeply loved cats.

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

  1. Interesting! Tanzania is the place I haven’t visited, but imagine I could live in. I definitely need to do more research. Jamaica is a close second since my mother has retired there in the rural community of Mt. Peto.

    1. I think you would love it! The people are very welcoming and generous in TZ; they take the term ‘community’ to another level.

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