Like everyone who blogs on this island, we are set up to receive “Google Alerts” when various words appear in news stories on the internet. Today under the alert for the word “barbados” we are being swamped with news articles about the fact that the world’s smallest snake has been discovered on Barbados.
(And no, this announcement has nothing to do with former Prime-Minister Owen Arthur. These snakes are apparently sober!)
Hopefully this will translate into additional nature-loving visitors from the northern climates come next winter.
If the old Arthur/Mottley BLP government was still in power, we would expect to see an immediate announcement of say, fifty-million dollars to be spent on a snake museum and preserve (to be built by construction companies owned by spouses and other relatives of government members, on land purchased from friends for ten times the true value, of course).
This would no doubt be preceeded by a half a million dollar “feasibility study” by one of the friends of the government – who would write a rum-induced, slim 20-page report predicting wildly-inflated snake tourist visits if the government would only build a snake museum. After receiving half a million for the report, the government friend would kickback a couple of hundred thousand dollars to government members and the BLP political fund. I think David Shorey could probably handle the job nicely, thank you!
(Mr. Shorey… how about it. What would you charge for a feasiblity study on a “world’s smallest snake” museum and preserve? We understand that you did a number of similar studies for the past Arthur/Mottley BLP Government on various subjects that you knew nothing about prior to being commissioned, so you must be a pretty bright guy. We’re sure you’d be able to do this study!)
Barbados Has Some Excellent Natural Attractions
Fortunately, tourists to Barbados don’t have to wait for a corrupt (and now out-of-power) BLP government to build a snake museum because we already have some wonderful back-to-nature experiences on our beautiful island.
You could actually plan an entire vacation around nature-walks and some of the most breath-taking vistas anywhere. (Okay, okay… we’re laying it on a little thick with the “most breath-taking vistas anywhere” but we’re proud of our home!)
First up… take the family underground to Harrisons Cave or Animal Flower Cave (my favourite because while you’re at it you can stand on the wild northeast coast and watch the ocean smash into the cliffs) and watch the children do the wide-eyed “oooohhhh!”. Then closer to Bridgetown take in the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary – preferably on one of the days when they have entertainment and dinner outside. See a world-class nature sanctuary and the last mangrove wetland on the island – then have some grill fish dinner while talking with some friendly Bajans and fellow toursits. Don’t forget the Banks beer… Mmmmmm!
The next day head for the beach for a little snorkeling or try the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
Check out Barbados.org for dozens of other natural attractions on our beautiful island.
Oh… you want to see the world’s smallest snake?
Give the folks at Barbados Wildlife Reserve and Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary a couple of weeks and we’ll see who has the snake on display first!!!