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... provide a nice
photo opp. Behind the market is the Victorian-era Roseau cathedral,
which was constructed from volcanic rock and took more than 100
years to build
the outset, our taxi drove the coastline on roads hacked out of the
mountainside, with jagged edges plunging to the ocean. Meanwhile,
bread fruit, mango trees, bamboo and ginger root cascade down to the
sea. The jungle was vast and we could see ...
... was Zahir Oscar. Zahir was a little less buttoned up compared to Roystand - you could tell he was a little looser when it came to a lot of things, including driving. Particularly at the end of the day, the driving was interesting, a combination of Zahir's penchant for squealing the tires on every turn on top of Dominica's fabulous road infrastructure. As I've mentioned before, Dominica's roads are built to get through an extremely mountainous landscape. They're narrow, ...
... rock that is climbable. As we hiked it to the area with the old canon, I learned some of the history of the island. Like most Caribbean islands, Dominica went back and forth between the French and the British many times. It was especially desirable as it has great farmland and abundant natural resources. While there is a strong French influence (Creole is spoken by the locals), it was in British hands when the battles were over. One ...
... WTO argued this was not a practice of free trade, and outlawed it: Dominica was the nation to suffer. As a result of all of this, the people are still deeply engulfed in poverty, inequality and injustice. Interestingly though, as a tourist, they will not share any of this with you. They will tell you Dominica is a paradise and everything is wonderful. But every two hundred feet, I personally was reminded of this discrepancy in terms of the ...
... not support two people passing without one turning sideways. But this was the reality and the charm of the town of Roseau, the main city of Dominica.
There were no wonders of the world as we had seen in Egypt and China; there was only a small unspoiled town on a beautiful island in the Caribbean. It past was storied with slave trading, sugar plantations, and now tourism. We enjoyed this port as picture of life in the Caribbean. All too soon our time was up and we ...