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Day 1 |
Oct 09, 2013

Bridgetown, Barbados

By Patricia Silva, Ornithologist

Co-ordinates:
N 13º06'06”, W 59º37'52”
Weather:
Sunny, rain showers
Air Temperature: 27ºC, 79.9°F
Pressure: 1013 hPa
Wind: 5 knots

I
woke up early in the morning to say goodbye to our guest who sailed all the way
from La Romana in the Dominican Republic all the way to Barbados. Silver Explorer arrived today to the Barbados’
bustling capital, Bridgetown, also the island’s only city situated on its
natural harbor.

Some
of our guests in transit went for a tour around the town with colonial
buildings, discovering the residential neighbourhoods scattered with rum shops
and chattel houses. Many enjoyed taking a respite from their day at one of the
cafes or snack stands along the south banks of the Constitution River. There is
good shopping, especially along Broad Stand on pedestrian-only Swan St, which
buzzes with the rhythms of local culture.

Later
on I was ready at the port to receive our embarking guests; some of them were
familiar faces that travelled with me and Silversea before in other parts of
the world. As soon as everybody was onboard I ran to the vessel to attend the
embarkation briefing and the emergency drill.

Later
today we handed the snorkelling gear to everyone willing to enjoy the
crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Just before dinner, our Expedition Leader
introduced some Heads of Departments and the Expedition Team in the Theatre,
welcoming all guests for the forthcoming days of adventure.

After
this long day, I’m here finishing the log and getting ready for our first day
of expedition in Trinidad and Tobago. All in all, a fantastic day in Barbados.

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