There are not many places in the world where open air markets still exist and flourish. Supermarkets have taken over and the average person probably never gets to experience going to a market where they can select locally grown items and be involved in a tradition that has existed since the beginning. The memorable markets we have been to so far have been in Mexico, Nicaragua, St. Croix and Dominica. In Dominica, the market is in Rosseau and is definitely worth experiencing. There are many varieties of locally grown produce, spices, and oils to select from and the prices are great. The locals are also really friendly and are happy to explain what produce is and how you should cook them. There were many items that we had no idea of what they were so it was a fun learning experience for us too.
One of my favorite things about Dominica is all of the beautiful flowers that grow naturally here. Vibrant colors of red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and many more are everywhere here. I absolutely love the torch ginger plants (2nd Row). They are huge and seem like fake plastic plants at first. You really have to touch the plant to be sure it is real.
I am a big fan of tiny flowers as well and even the weeds here have small flowers. It is like walking through a secret garden when exploring the island here. I love it! And since Aaron picks me flowers often, I am usually never without a beautiful flower to look at :)
Just down the road, the neighbors are building a beautiful villa next to a river. When we visited them, we got a tour of their property which included this calm beautiful natural river pool. The water is crystal clear and simply spectacular. What if this was in your backyard!??
We have been enjoying watching the baby ducks grow here at Mermaid Secret in Dominica. There are three of them and they are now pretty much taking care of themselves. A duck pond is located in the middle of the grounds and these little guys like to go swimming often. I really like when they take a nap and cuddle up together :)
Aaron and I took a drive South here in Dominica a while back and came across a road with horses grazing freely. To get a closer look, we started driving down that road and ended up at Jungle Bay Resort. Aaron met one of the owners of this resort on St. Croix, so we were happy to stumble upon this place. The grounds of the resort are really beautiful and the staff was very friendly. We took a quick tour of the place and then strolled down to their beach which was mostly rock and black sand. It was a cloudy day and the dark grey tones of the rocks blended with the sky. Very peaceful and calming... I think this resort would be a great place to stay if visiting Dominica.
There are many fields in Dominica covered with Dasheen, which is a root vegetable widely eaten on this island. When driving the roads here, you will see Dasheen growing up the mountain side and along the road. It is literally planted everywhere. I am still amazed to see a small field of Dasheen planted on a steep slope along the roads.
One of the largest staples here in Dominica is provisions. Normally, you will see food for sale as a meat, maybe some vegetables, and provisions. This article describes provisions in a bit more detail, but they are really a bit like potatoes. They add a lot of starch to meals as a filler. Being from the states where it is common to overindulge and waste so much food, it is a bit shocking to travel to areas where there is not enough food. It definitely makes one feel grateful and also hopefully makes travelers want to become more conscious of wasting food when they return home.
Theresa and Aaron
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