The Creole World Music Festival

I had never seen so many dreads in my life. The music was pumping, the crowd was swaying, the scent of marijuana lingered in the air. The lights on the stage flashed on and off and in bright colors and Tarrus Riley was standing on stage in nerdy glasses. He looked nothing like what I…

Swimming in a Waterfall

We wanted to visit a waterfall. We were not entirely sure which one, but we knew the waterfalls in Dominica were famous because you could swim beneath them in clear, fresh water—a strange rarity in the Caribbean where water is in abundance but most of it is salty. We asked our waitress how to get…

Living on a Catamaran

A Rastafarian man with long dreadlocks and a t-shirt tied around his head stood behind the wheel of the catamaran as it approached the dock. “That’s Victor,” one of the other assistants said. Victor was to be our captain as we made the long journey from Martinique to Dominica in a catamaran. The boat, with…