Antigua – Hello Island Family!!

by brian on May 28, 2009

From my post last week you saw that I stepped down to Antigua for a few days with family. This is the birthplace of my Mom and Dad and I had never been there. How crazy is that? Too crazy for that situation to go on any further…

Antigua has a population of about 70,000 but does not feel crowded at all. Antigua has one movie theater with three screens. The city center of St. John has enough for people to do with bars and clubs, but never felt crowded. ‘Easygoing’ is how I would describe the island vibe, as you would with most Caribbean islands.

The one place I didn’t get to go to was Boggy Peak, highest point on the island of Antigua, soon to be renamed Mount Obama, after Barack Obama. The government was so happy about the election of the US President that they plan to rename the peak on Obama’s birthday, which is August 4. Wonder if he will make it down for the ceremony?

Mom catching up with friends she had not seen in years. How long ago you ask? Over 40!

 Antigua   Hello Island Family!!

This house is on the land my Mom lived on years ago

 Antigua   Hello Island Family!!

My Dad’s nieces from Antigua

 Antigua   Hello Island Family!!

At Devil’s Bridge. It is a natural arch carved out of the coastline. Devil’s Bridge was named because slaves used to commit suicide to escape their situation.

 Antigua   Hello Island Family!!

Mom’s church when she was young.

 Antigua   Hello Island Family!!

The three of us together: This picture was taken Mother’s Day 2009 and my father’s birthday was the next day. Very convenient…

 Antigua   Hello Island Family!!
As I was writing up this blog post, this came across my desk: 7 Reasons Why Traveling With Your Parents Isn’t A Bad Idea

While most of us would completely throw away the idea of traveling with our parents (or grown children for that matter), I would ask that you consider it, especially if it is someplace that you haven’t been before. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and think you always learn something new about yourself and your family members. There are lots of stories from my parents past I would have never heard otherwise.

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Eileen May 28, 2009 at 10:46 PM

I’m glad you had a great trip with your parents! In my case it would be a trip back to Brooklyn to play memory lane. Definitely not photogenic in the same way!

Also thanks for linking to my story. this one seemed to really resonate with some people. I’ll be back to see where life brings you next!

happy trails!

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Jeremy Jones May 29, 2009 at 4:20 PM

That is awesome that you are down there. My brother actually just did a cruise and stopped there a little over a week ago! Have a great time!

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brian May 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

@Eileen
Brooklyn can be plenty photogenic. Just depends on what you are shooting. Thanks for reading!

@Living the Dream
The cruise ships are floating all over the Caribbean right now. Great way to get away at an affordable price. Some people don’t like that you don’t have a lot of time at each port, but it’s a great way to get a taste of the sun and fun of the islands.

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Jennifer December 2, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I know that I’m kind of late. My dad’s from Antigua too. Where’s your family from?

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brian December 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM

I don’t exactly remember towns in Antigua but do believe Sweets.

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Jodi July 19, 2011 at 4:22 AM

I cannot believe how small this world is! I live in Swetes, Antigua!!! I love that you had a great time on my island.

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brian July 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

First time there. My parents are both from there and my Dad always wanted me to go check it out. Had a good time with all the cousins!

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