Bathsheba, in St. Joseph Parish, Barbados. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Postdlf.

A few weeks back, I wrote about how I happened across an email from jetBlue, the kind I usually disregard as spam, and was awarded with a $300 travel coupon. I used this to basically pay for almost my entire airfare to Bridgetown, Barbados, and I was quite pleased with myself.

Tomorrow morning, I head off to that favorite place of mine – JFK International Airport. I took the day off work from day job, to allow me some bit of time to spend in this new country for me; I come back home Sunday evening. This is what I do; I jaunt, taking short trips on weekends whenever I can, to make up for the fact that I’m not a full-time traveler yet.

So, Barbados! It’s a tiny country, and though it is one of the least-populous sovereign places on the planet, I still was bothered at my lack of knowledge of anything Barbadian. Before booking this trip, I knew only a few facts, such as that the capital is Bridgetown, the population is only about a quarter-million, and Rihanna is their biggest export.

I’m excited to see what lifestyle the locals have there. I’ve heard also that, though there are some very established sections of the island, mainly around Bridgetown in the south and west, the middle of the island has some beautiful plantations. There is a reminder of the role that the slave trade played there, and the eastern coast is supposedly home to some great waves, since it is about the easternmost of the entire Caribbean. I’m looking forward to this trip, and I’ll write more about it as I travel :)