This is Karen. I've had a great time with Flat Erika and her blog. I just took Jay and Kevin to the airport and with tears in my eyes said goodbye to the two flat girls and the boys.
This morning we woke early, drank coffee on the balcony and went for a walk. We walked over to my favorite beautiful spot in my village and sat there in silence for quite sometime.
I thought about the last six weeks and how much fun it has been to "link up" with Flat Erika.
You came to the island as we were celebrating Saint Lucian Independence. You learned about the first people on the island, the peaceful Arawaks and then the Caribs, the fierce fighters who practiced cannibalism.
Then I took you to Pigeon Point so you could see where some of the battles between the French and English were fought. You heard about slavery and how hard it was for the people. You also know the people of Saint Lucia are bi-lingual, speaking both Kweyol and English; and of course you know about the traditional dress as both Flat Erika and Flat Autumn will return with a new outfit.
They are gentle, warm and caring. Some are very poor with no electricity and running water. They live in a perpetual state of camping. You learned about fishermen and how they fish. You learned that a fisherman is not afraid to cross the rough sea, taking his family to visit friends and family on Martinique. You heard the music that can be heard every day while riding the buses or passing by restaurants.
We learned that Martinique belongs to the French; their money is the Euro, and it feels a lot like visiting Paris. Then we went to Dominica and hiked through the rain forest summiting at the second highest Piton on the island and then visited Trafalgar Falls.
I enjoyed every minute of it and I will see all my 3D family and friends in December!
So I will leave you with our last morning together in the village with the sounds of the furious Atlantic Ocean.