In March 1998 I went to Barbados for 10 days, primarily to watch England play a cricket match against the West Indies. I went with Alveley Cricket Club, a cricket club from Alveley, a small, pleasant village just west of Birmingham in central England. Most winters the cricket club organise a trip to see England play a match, and because someone dropped out I got to go.
The cricket match was OK if you like that kind of thing. I can take or leave cricket, but the atmosphere at the matches is always pretty good and you can drink beer, and at the ground in Barbados eat a tasty macaroni cheese concoction. As for the match, Mark Ramphrakash made his first century for England and England nearly won the match, but ironically the last day was rained off and the match was declared a draw. A day where it rains all day doesn't happen very often in Barbados, so the West Indies really got lucky there!!!
Apart from watching cricket I had a nose round the island. The scenery is nice rather than spectacular - on the east coast there are some rocky outcrops, cliffs and more waves whilst on the west coast there's no cliffs and lots of long sandy beaches. The capital, Bridgetown, is a bit of a dump and the best place to have a night out or a meal is probably St. Lawrence Gap which is very close to Bridgetown. There seemed to be an awful lot of beggars about when I was there and a lot of beggars were quite persistant - some followed me round for example. If you're not expecting this than it's a bit of shock! And what the best course of action is I never worked out.
Right, enough reminiscing and
onto some photos. Underneath are satellite images made when I was in Barbados.
The satellite images were generally all made at quarter past midnight GMT,
which in Barbados is the late afternoon/early evening local time the day
before (ie about 6 hours behind GMT). Most of the time the weather
was fine - daytime temperatures reached the low 30's Celsius most of the
time and generally the weather was a mixture of broken cloud (cumulus -
the fluffy, cotton wool/cauliflower type of clouds) and sunshine. I think
there were a few showers on one day, and of course it rained pretty much
all day on the Monday!
The satellite images were obtained from Unisys Weather Image Archive
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Dan Suri, 28 July 2001