During the last few years, Mikaela Davis has had the benefit of traveling and learning outside of Barbados and she is putting her expanded world view to good use for herself and her country. A few years ago she was part of an exchange programme at the University of Connecticut that saw her meet and work with other high school students from all over the world.
Now at the University of Toronto, Mikaela has just published a two-page feature article in the Victoria University paper The Strand.
‘Barbados: Just around the corner, still beyond your imagination’ is well-written in a friendly, easy-going style that illustrates our national character as much as it does Mikaela’s love for her home. I’m sure that half the folks reading the article will want to get on a plane to Barbados the next day. I’m also sure that many folks will actually travel to Barbados at some time as a direct result of reading Mikaela’s article.
Barbados needs talented, hard working young people like Mikaela Davis and we hope she comes home after finishing her education – but even if she ends up working abroad (as so many of our young people seem to do these days – can’t blame them) Mikaela will continue to be an excellent ambassador for Barbados.
Somebody on BIM should be targeting her to be hired on her graduation day. We shouldn’t let this one get away!
Barbados: Just Around The Corner, Still Beyond Your Imagination
by Mikaela Davis, The Strand
Some might consider my summer destination very exciting, but to me, spending two months in Barbados was simply spending quality time at home. As a local I often take for granted the beautiful beaches, the gorgeous weather, and the blue skies – but I must say that Toronto winters have helped to cure that a little bit.
Barbados: the home of singing sensation Rihanna and the best rum in the world – what more could you want from a place, right? Well, Barbados has much more to it than those trivial details. Not only is the weather wonderful all year round (except during hurricane season) but the culture and general atmosphere you find in Barbados is fantastic. It’s one of the most laid back, relaxed places out there. If ever you visit, you must venture into one of our many rum shops and you will see this attitude I am describing unfold before your eyes. In a rum shop you will probably be privy to some locals playing a good old game of dominoes over a few drinks and maybe a flying fish cutter (a Bajan term for sandwich) to satisfy your taste buds. The people are so friendly and helpful that your venture into the rum shop will show you the heart of Barbadian culture. Perhaps you will even get a few rounds of dominoes in yourself…
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Note: All information for this BFP article was entirely gleaned from the internet and started with a Google alert for “Barbados”. We’ve never met Mikaela and she’ll be as surprised to see this article as anyone. Which is all to say that the people seeking to know who BFP is shouldn’t bother Mikaela with their damn-fool thuggish questions. A shame we have to write this here, but there it is.