Category: "Dominica"

Hello Dominica

July 14th, 2017
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In June just past, we paid a short visit to what has turned out to be our new home. I felt like an undercover agent because we snuck off without telling anyone of our plans and then flew to the opposite side of the planet (not quite , but very close).

Flying into Dominica is a dramatric and exciting experience as the plane heads straight into a green forest and then lands on a short strip. We were greeted by the university driver who then took us to Portsmouth and more specifically, Picard where we were to stay for a week.

After a range of interviews at Ross over a couple days...

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Ross University entrance gate
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Ross University nestled in at the base of the hills

we took a tour of the island to view housing options...

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I'm sorry, what did you say - I was staring out at the sea...

and to see what there was to be had in the shops. Before that, we started with breakfast in Le Flambeau.

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Le Flambeau - this was not breakfast just in case you were wondering

 This seaside restaurant has it all...

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Coconut palm trees blowing in the wind

Beach and ocean views...

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Looking north towards Portsmouth

And amazing sunsets towards the west...

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Sunset to the west

We went up and down the coast and were delighted to see some wonderful birds, one of the great things about our current home in Australia!

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Okay, not exotic, but colourful
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This was more exotic - not sure what it is!

I also noted that virtually every tree here grows edible fruit.

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Coconuts for electrolytes
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Breadfruit - flour substitute?
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Mangoes - so many they fall off into the street and get run over by cars
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Plaintains - the big banana

The volcanic and mountainous nature of the island gives it some awesome beaches...

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Scotts head on the southern tip
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Soufriere - fisherman's beach along the village
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Beach along the Sisters Restaurant in Portmouth - our new 'local'

... and stunning backdrops.

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On the Atlantic side - see any pirates or Johnny Depp?
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Mountain backdrop

Dominica, being volcanic, has hot and cold springs bubbling all over the island.

 The springs above are surprisingly cold, but there is a 'boiling lake' elsewhere that we have not explored yet. That will be my next post!

 Not surprisingly, the British were here and left a few cannon lying around to attract tourists.

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Fort Shirley and the Bluff Point Gun Battery

 Being tourists, we felt it a good place for a selfie.

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Life is about to change!

After eating some of this...

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Fresh tuna straight from the sea

at this little restaurant...

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What was this place called - I'll go back and check!

we determined that perhaps we need to finally get a nice fishing boat to cruise these waters fishing for Lion fish and other tasty treats.

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Good fishing spot?
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Spear fishing for Lion fish

Where are you going for your next winter get away?

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Location: Portsmouth (2), Saint John Parish, Dominica, Dominica