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February, 2017

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It all started in a local restaurant. Candle balancing on tiny pink seashells of different shapes and sizes. Some red, some bright pink, some almost translucent. A combination that makes you imagine some far shore islands.Where did they come from? The answer was “Barbuda”.

And here we are, on remote Caribbean island populated mostly by the colony of huge frigate birds and pelicans. Turquoise blue waters frame clean white sugary beaches. Flat as a pancake, this beautiful island doesn’t attract rain like it’s bigger sister island Antigua. Neither does it attract crowds of tourists or cruise liners. It is still in its preserved virgin state of non-developed island with just a few hotels. One of them is famous for being Princess Diana’s favourite. The island is a place to get away from it all. Who can possibly get bored of watching gracious frigate birds and diving pelicans? Can the sound of waves ever make you feel tired? Walking the longest beach anyone can image , all 17 miles of it, will keep anyone fit and healthy. It is retiree’s dream.

Imagine. Every morning starts with watching sunrise and a compulsory pre-breakfast swim. Then you move on to the most important part of the day- relaxation on the most beautiful beach. Just you and a few high flying frigate birds for company. And maybe a little green hummingbird cole ting nectar from the nearest flowering bougainvillea bush. Maybe a lazy picnic lunch followed by a swim in the best ever swimming pool- sheltered lagoon water that is flat like a real swimming pool. Anything else ? Oh yes, collecting pink seashells for your new candle holder, of course. A hobby that can evoke an artist in you, a designer with ambitious streak. Because every new candle holder you create must be better than the previous one. Maybe the beauty of the island will inspire to paint too?

Be careful here, as Barbuda, despite being so remote, can become so close to your heart that you will never want to leave.


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