Barbados Travel Stories

Barbados Money Exchange

Barbados Money Exchange

I took about 750 Barbados dollars, hoping to stay here long enough to spend the money, this is about 375 USA dollars, in three days I have used half and decided enough of the fun.

I am spoiled, used to living in better conditions for 5 dollars per night.

However, my plane leaves at 7:30 tomorrow.

I have to exchange the money, there are almost zero places to do so.
The bank closes today at 3;00

The bank wants a passport and a copy of my ticket.
The two internet cafes over in the Gap, have broken printers, you would think for 9 dollars an hours they could get them to work. I found another one hiding, I am hoping it work. I am waiting for the printer to be available, it will cost me 10 dollars US to buy this plane ticket.

The lady finally said, ok to print. Aagh, I am ready for my normal backpacker life where everything is easy and beautiful.

Barbados Girls

Barbados Girls

I think this is a French Girl, I am trying to see if my 12 X zoom is work correct on my new Sony Camera.

This one is larger than life, not a good photos, there is enough girls, however not enough to make me hide easily. I am not good at being paparazzi, there are more people on the beach here in Barbados, however there is still a bad ratio of old to young. Better beaches for people here near the guesthouse area.

Cricket on the beach

I get many request for pictures of girls, I am trying my best, it has been a little more difficult than I at first though, this is my last day on the beach, I will do my best to show the scenery on the planet as opposed to nature.

Bequia Express Ferry

Bequia Express Ferry

Name can be fooling, I was on the Admiralty Ferry going from Bequia, Island to Kingston or St Vincent Island in SVG. The great thing about marketing is there is no connection between reality, truth and what you buy. A person like me can have a lot of fun deciding or seeing the truth. Here the word Express does not mean Express, just marketing word. The internet is rampant with over the top explanations for description of hotels, beaches, resorts. The idea that the more you pay is a connected, oops, no connection.

The one is called express and full of tourist or more than mine.

They cancelled the Bequia Express and I guess it does it often, I was wanting an express ferry, I like to be seasick for the least amount of time.

This is the GPS, they both left at almost exactly the same time, however the I was told because the Bequia Express is smaller it wobbles more and people get more seasick. I am glad I was on the Admiralty for 15 EC, I think the same price. These Ferries are more for cargo and I think passengers are extra cash.

A Frenchie girls looking way back at the Bequia Express. A fair race and the Admiralty won.

Barbados 29 HDI

Barbados 29 HDI

Barbados is 29 on the 2004 Human Development Index.

I am showing on this Human Development Index created in some United Nations program or committee. Hard to get a clear information as jumbled.

However, this is a throw at the wall, hope something sticks Index, definitely in my opinion something to use as a guide, not as way to give money. However, for sure it helps to get an idea of where I am going or what I am doing.

This all started for me because I purchased or tried to purchase some Banana Bread in the only Convenience store that is convenient in the area called the Gap (maybe) here in the South Beaches of Barbados. I fuddled around, takes a long time in the world of food stores anymore for me to find something I hope is healthy. Well, I found some Banana Bread, looked good to me, I was cringing at the cost, and however I was not going to buy more Raisins, the only good deal I have found in the Caribbean. I take this too big of chunk up to the cash register and the woman said something unintelligible like,
- This is bad -

She sort of mumbled, did not look at me, however then explains in a convoluted way the bread is bad. I thought she was complaining at me, as is the normal culture in most of the Caribbean. The locals are always telling you to do this or to do that, giving me orders for no reason. However, in this instance she was not doing the complaint thing, she was trying to help me.

I about fell over, star gazed, hit in the head, did not know what to do, I travel many places and for many years. I would not expect this to happen many places, maybe in Germany, possibly in England, if the person waiting on me was not from India, Pakistan or some Islamic country a born and bred in England person for generations.

I look at the woman, and I say,
- Thank You -

She goes into a spiel about I need to choose something else, and I go into this back to the drawing board, what can I eat mode. I say to her,

- That was really nice; it speaks very highly of your culture -

She did not understand that comment, probably hard to believe this white boy is giving her a compliment or even looking at here directly. I was impressed, in any of the countries I have traveled in below or to the side of Barbados, they would probably be happy and bag the bread quickly to make sure it left the store paid for and no refund under an condition. Refunds are not normal in the world.

I would say the lack of Convenience stores is a sign of development.

I have this ever growing list of characteristics that help to earmark or identify what is a developed country or on the continuum from 1-312 on the list of my countries of 1-672 on my list of geographical significant areas, where do certain behavioral characteristics lie.

I do refer to the this Human Development Index I have on PDF file inside my computer on occasion, I found it last year after Niger. I am pounding away, trying to accumulate these identifiers of what I call development.

ONE very obnoxious and ever present identifiers - NOT in Barbados - so far is the cutting of the lie or queue. This has not happened yet in Barbados, however I am sure it could or would in some locations. Human development is not for me about specific persons, it about the average of the general population. You have a lot of macho behavior on with this black versus white thing in the Caribbean; this skews or makes any observation hard to judge. I have to see if they will do behaviors to each other.

TAKE AWAY (England Term)


Cutting in the line has many forms, I am rich, I cut in line in Mexico, I am not paying attention to anything, I gut in line in many of the South American countries. There is no line and many people, we all go for the door in India.

The Caribbean has a new form, I am cutting in line, I am violent, I am pushing ahead of you. A very macho and only happens like this in maybe Mexico, I have not seen this type of behavior much in the world. Normally it is a lack of awareness of the concepts of justice, fairness, or a line in general. More like children going for the gate. However the cutting of the line in the Caribbean is maybe a USA version of the inner city behavior, get out of my way, or I will cause you big problem mentality.

This is one of the reasons I am jumping north, and not continuing farther or staying longer, this macho behaviors and the complain at me syndrome of these cultures. The Caribbean is about 5 degrees more violent than I am used to, so I can only tolerate the culture clash now maybe one month I realized. I will never come here again for long periods of time unless I hide myself inside a resort.

Cultural Clash is always a problem, however when persons do this Alpha Male, in your face, I am from the Ghetto mentality; I do not need to know more. I am from the USA; we have enough of this crap. I was hoping the Caribbean was like Brazil where the black and white thing is minimal; they do not figure out color, they just live with you. A more true homogenous behavior of the culture between races.

Bottom line is like to go to Rio, or Brazil, many beautiful black girls on the beach, very interesting, and exotic, this so far does not exist. A couple tokens, however not enough to classify as saying the black persons in Caribbean go to the beach, they do NOT.

Cuba has some hope; I think the English language causes some headaches, as they can understand the not so helpful Bob Marley and they can copy the Gangster Rap of the USA. Cuba speaks Spanish and so does Puerto Rico, this could get rid of the black and white problem here in most of the Caribbean. It is not normal for me to feel discriminated against by people, I can feel their anger, and unjustified complaints at me, and I cannot be bothered as the Brits say. I can go somewhere else.

However, for sure, this decade, in this life, I will come back to Barbados with a girlfriend, wife, or someone, the chase girls here situation is more or less bleak, however there is some areas here that need to be explored. I am done probably for life with the prior countries on the list below here to Trinidad, I have as much desire to visit as Venezuela, it about the zero on my want a return visit countries on the planet. I wish it was not in the path or in the way to getting to other countries.

Barbados is a go, I will return, however best for honeymoons. Many British girls, however not my cup of tea, I like them in England, however outside or - Brits Abroad - act too, not what I want in this life.

There is only about 177 countries listed in this Human Development Index, it is amazing how the United Nations fails to be even close to complete in surveys of the planet. I figure around 312 countries and 672 geographically significant places. Nonetheless, Barbados is doing fine, nothing to worry about here; the Brits have left a pretty good place in their wake.

Comparisons 1 is the best and is Norway

Antigua Barbuda 055
Bahamas 051
Barbados 029
Cuba 052
Dominica 095
Dominican 098
Grenada 093
Haiti 153
Trinidad Tobago 054
Jamaica 079

Argentina 034
Bolivia 114
Brazil 072
Chile 043
Colombia 073
Ecuador 100
Guyana 104
Paraguay 089
Peru 085

Costa 045
Guatemala 121
Honduras 115
Mexico 053
Panama 061
Thailand 076

Note Argentina is greatly over estimated and so is Chile, they ignore their lower sections and hide them from the obvious. They are obviously there, however people that visit do not try to see the whole culture, keep their blinder on and see only the more developed parts. A country is the overall average, not just the best.

Camouflage Barbados

Camouflage Barbados

Camouflage shorts or clothing are not allowed in Barbados. I was entering the airport when the guy at immigrations said that my pants were illegal. I said, ok, I will change them when I get past the customs area.

The I go to customs area, the man says again they are illegal, however this time he makes me enter the toilet and change my pants.


The Caribbean has a complain at you culture. In both instances of this problem in the country of Barbados and most any country I have entered in the Caribbean the person gave me an order or said a statement.

No, excuse me sir, I am sorry, I need to tell you, and you need to change your pant.

- Your pants are illegal-

No suggestion, no help, just an order.

The Custom guy did the follow me routine. The bums in the road, the venders here or most all of the Caribbean I believe do the




I want to say - Hey, shut up -

I ignore them or give them the finger wag, the finger wag cannot be fought with. However they are not good at listening, they are violent and want respect, even though they do not deserve any respect, they have no manners.

Now in the customs department the guy said follow me, I am wondering if this is some type of pay back for slavery. Now is our turn, we will tell you what to do. Manners and respect for persons is to me the largest sign of development on the planet. Not obeying, or even disagreeing, I do not care if France disagrees or Germany.

Giving orders is only needed when the culture is so low that the only way each person talks with another is by screaming. I worked concrete in the USA for a couple of years. I was with the low lives of society, they only understood a direct comment. Very hard to get them to focus unless you raised your voice and almost hollered. A macho world and not my idea of fun, however I am good at it.

Tourisms departments of the world seem to need a marketing lesson in how manners are and how to introduce themselves, how to say hello, how to be better than McDonalds. Manners is the best sign of development. Just starting to talk, no introductions, these are signs that the person will forever be poor. A business needs to know that the contracts will be respected. Manners is a good start.

Barbados Guesthouse Cleverdale Guesthouse

Barbados Guesthouse

I am in the third or twentieth on my list guesthouse, I had not choice in the end, most places were either full or I could not find the owner to ask if there was a room. The one man in the hotel said the ad for the Cleverdale Guesthouse for 25 dollars was not true, the rooms cost 35 dollars. There is a sign on the home saying 25, this too the steam out of my sails as I really cannot find cozy here.

I can find apartments worth the money for two people, however hard to find anything for the single person on the beach; I think 70 dollars is the going price for ok. I like the beach in ways, it the best I have encountered for people. On hindsight the Crown Point, in Tobago beach was very good, I just would have rated it on first impression very low.

This is a more civilized country than the ones south of here, you have less of the overly aggressive Rasta types, however you still have the person asking for the dollars and will not quit.

The guesthouse I am has more sign saying not to do this, not to do that, and the man makes me nervous, he is constantly warning me to lock the front. The TV in my room is hooked to his TV and I have to watch what he watches. There is a lock on the bathroom, and a load of clothing cost 7.5 Dollars USA. This is a person high for nine years of travel on cost.

Cozy, there is a combination of warmth, friendship, and home feeling that is needed to make my life the best. This is high season in Barbados, it is high season for all of the Caribbean, however this is the first place that is busy, all the other places there are an over abundance of rooms. However here near the Gap, or some south beach there are some rooms, however they are leftovers. I suppose I should make reservations; however a reservation to me is like making a commitment to pay too much, to stay longer than I wish and to be married to a woman I have never seen. How can I marry a guesthouse I have never met?

I am not in a good, one; there is not love and warmth in this place. In the end, I have made the decision to make for the outer world, start heading for Central, South or anywhere but the Caribbean.

Anguilla is now on my list, for some strange reason, however it is my next stop, I am glad to go, at least I can explore some ideas there and not depend on the undependable bikini world of the Caribbean. I am used to a younger world, hard to feel at home anyway I do it around people 60 and above.

Barbados Beach Access

Barbados Beach Access

I was happy to find that my present Guesthouse is located near a public access point for the beach. This to a good sign, this allows the normal residents of Barbados to come and visit the beach and creates fresh blood. I am looking around; there are many signs in the - Gap Area - that say - South Beach. - I am not sure, this may mean I am on South Beach or it could be just and only a Time Share sales company trying to pose as a tourist booth, however really selling time-shares. and Barbados Free Press

I am getting the Red Carpet notice treatment in Barbados, today the wrote me with a welcome.
Thanks, I appreciate your good manners.
Barbados Free Press is being great also.
Barbados Free Press
Note, I am always wondering if the tourism world pays attention to travel writers. I am not a travel writer per se, however do make noise good and bad.
I have a blog to track or find them on the Internet also, I will mine it in the future, it is one of my research blogs.
I have a lot at not organized, just mined good possible links.