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A Day Trip to the Caribbean

Sounds impossible right? After being locked down in Panama city for so many months, then stumped by endless difficulties getting number plates for our imported American car, it sounded like a serious break for freedom, which we were delighted to take! Less than 2 hours on the road took us from Panama’s high-rise modernity on the Pacific, all the way to the low slung, laid back Caribbean. With colourful, rundown buildings, ruined forts and beautiful little coves, it felt like another world entirely.

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Our Stolen Summer. Part 2: Flying back to England.

Flying home from Panama to London was as normal as it could be, given we were on a humanitarian flight during a global pandemic. As months of confinement in a hot and humid, strange new city dropped away under the clouds, I felt giddy with relief to be going home for a bit, to visit my Mum and Dad by the sea. But also, filled with gathering sense of foreboding…

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Our Stolen Summer. Part 1: Escape from Panama!

So we’re back to Panama after two months away, after what felt like some serious bunking off. You know that delicious sneaky feeling of making time, being somewhere you are not supposed to be, with people you are not supposed to see. First horses, then boys, now I’m sneaking back home to see my eldery parents. Funny how things change.

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Our first bike ride in 3 months

Last week, total quarantine lifted for the first time in about 75 days here in Panama, and the children were allowed outside. Only between 4 and 7pm, but still! How exciting it was going to be! And hot! We went for a family bike ride and I felt about as wobbily as my six year old actually was on her bike.

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Vegan Restaurants in Barbados

Eating out in Barbados can be tricky. Menus are full of fish and meat, many things come smothered in a creamy sauce. And waiting staff can be pretty eye rolley about suggesting alternatives. Here’s some restaurants that either had good vegan options, or didn’t treat me like a freak!

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Feeling Flat in Florida

My husband’s job has taken us from living in the Caribbean to Florida where we’ve been since February.  As we arrived, his job relocated its HQ to Panama (the country, not the city in Florida!) so we are yet again packing up to go. But I have to confess it’s a bit of a relief to be leaving; the flatness of Florida has been getting to me… Continue reading

Vegan supermarket shopping in Barbados

Being vegan in Barbados is a lot like being vegan in the 1970’s in England. I make a lot of rice and peas! And butternut soup. Which is fine for me but perhaps a bit of a snore fest for the rest of my family… So, here’s some ready-to-serve vegan treasures I’ve managed to track down and where to find them!!

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Going NUTS in Barbados

Everything is expensive in Barbados. Excluding turquoise waters and breath-taking sunsets, of course, which is how we all remain sane. But an actual bag of nuts? Enough to actually make you count out 6 for a snack. But I did recently find sanctuary – and reasonably priced cashews – at a little shop called The Nut Place….

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Zooming into Spanish lessons with Baselang.com

For the last 6 weeks, I have been learning Spanish online with Baselang.com. For a flat rate of $129 USD a month, I have had unlimited hours of very professional teaching – video calling Venezuela for lessons online! 37 hours to be exact, which seems like fantastic value for money. What’s it been like learning Spanish by Zoom? Conocer más…

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Becoming vegan

To go completely vegan was a decision that came to me while eating my lunch. With my chickens! I was having a salad, they were pecking about. I used our relocation to Barbados in 2017, as the opportunity to make the leap. Find out what helped me make my decision and whether I’ve been able to stick to it in the land of the fried flying fish!

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