Friday, January 16, 2009

On a beach in Antigua

After walking through the war torn remnants of Angola in my virtual travels, I needed a vacation! So I virtually hopped on a plane and flew to Antigua in the Caribbean. The country is actually known as Antigua and Barbuda but I only “visited” Antigua on this journey. I needed some serious beach time. I don’t remember the name of the beach but the water was such a gorgeous blue! And the palm trees were gorgeous, some even leaning out over the water.

Fortunately for me, most of the people speak English here. Many also speak a dialect that can be made up of English, various African languages and even some European languages. While English is more formal, the dialect is more colorful. For instance, if you hear someone say, “Wah eye no see heart no grieve”, it means, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you”.

The people can be very friendly and relaxed. And they use a phrase here that I learned in Jamaica many years ago: Soon Come. Life will take care of itself. Time is viewed casually. And people are more important then rigid schedules. Not a bad idea really.

Sketch above was done with pencil, watercolor pencils, and Pitt artist pen in my travel sketchbook. If I can get myself away from this beach I will head to another country . . . or just stay here awhile soaking up the sun.


rachelhoward said...

Interesting reading and lovely sketch - I love the way you've got such movement in it - especially in the water.

Physhy said...

This has been such an adventure - thank you for sharing your travels!

Anonymous said...

jabbawock beach not far from the airport?

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