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Archive for December, 2010


New Years Resolutions

There’s something really special about New Year’s Eve. Perhaps it’s the tradition of having family and friend close by as the clock ticks midnight. Maybe it has more to do with one chapter closing and another beginning. Either way, it’s all kind of dreamy and idealistic.

And you would think that living on a beautiful island as Dominica would make it a lot easier to keep those New Year’s resolution.

Unfortunately, a new you is not magically created at the stoke of midnight. It takes hard work and self-discipline to manifest these goals you’ve set for yourself during 2011. If you choose not to… well what can I say; wishful thinking never hurt anybody.

Here are 10 ideas that might just make your resolution-making decision easier while enjoying everyday life in Dominica.

1. Trace your roots — discover more about your heritage
2. Drink more water everyday
3. Open a personal saving account – kind off like a emergency fund in case shit happens.
4. Cut your hard-to-break bad habit in half
5. Remember your friends and family birthdays
6. Listen More, Speak less
7. Say What you mean and mean what you say
8. Make some “Me Time” between errands/duties
9. Turn your Phone OFF, not silent or vibrate…OFF!
10. Finally, take the words ‘someday’ and ‘soon’ out of your vocabulary…go out and live life in the moment.

Alright, enough with my ideas. What are you planning on working on for 2011? Let’s hear them in the comments.

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Dominica Surfing Competitionwww.imagesdominica.com

Surfing groups from Guadeloupe and Martinique all set for first surfing competition in Dominica.

Organisers of the Surfing Association in Guadeloupe will arrive in Dominica on December 27, 2010 for the launch of the surfing competition carded for December 28 – 29, at Calibishie.

Thirty three (33) participants from surfing clubs in Guadeloupe and twenty seven (27) from clubs in Martinique will participate in the event. The surfers arrive in Dominica on The event is opened to the public for viewing and there will be chances to win great prizes in the raffles. Access to the event will be on the Point Baptiste Road (on-foot).

The organizers plan to raffle Tommy Hilfiger bags and even surfboards. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale at Calibishie during the event, from December 28 – 29 and the draw will take place at 5pm on December 29. The surfing awards to the competitors will be presented from 4:30pm on December 29. With the success of this event it is expected that the destination will host more events such as these in the near future.

The event sponsors are First Domestic Insurance Company, Carib Beer, Aldive & W.A.T.E.R.S.P.O.R.T.S Inc. and Ipanema.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com

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Have you ever wondered about what you should wear when you’ll come to Dominica? It’s not as easy question to answer as it may look to some of the newcomers.

Apparently, Dominica is a tropical island… So we got to grab our swimsuits and beach outfits, right? Not exactly. Won’t be enough. Think about it: An island is never all the coastline. Dominica does have beautiful and fine beaches of volcanic and white sand, but it also has mountains, towns, waterfalls, hiking tracks… This affects the choice of clothes.

Do pack active wear. It’ll surely come in handy, because Dominica is the right place for ecotourism and activities. The latter include diving and swimming, too, but these are not the only ones which you would go to Dominica for. Of course, you don’t have to miss them, but take them as additional fun.

What many people go to Dominica for is the hiking. There are good tracks and beautiful landscapes to explore. Imagine: Three hundred miles on feet… That is the common length of the tracks. So pay attention to your footgear, even if you’re not a big fan of hiking. Hiking boots will do the trick; they are good both on dirt and rocks.

scottshead, DominicaPhoto by Seth Sawyers via flickr

Tracks and landscapes… Is there anything else important? It wouldn’t be honest of me to omit the challenges. Such things as rainfalls, the sun radiation and the possible cold weather are all worth of consideration.

If you happen to be in the mountains during the rains, you are definitely going to discover what tropical heavy rainfall is. I don’t suppose you want to take forced baths, so you better have a slicker or a raincoat. An umbrella is a little bit worse, because helps less and you’ll have to hold it all the time. Plus, a tourist with an umbrella looks strange in the tropical forest.

The sun is another challenge. Beware. Its delusive tenderness may cause lots of problems, if you don’t take steps. Doesn’t matter where exactly you are, as long as you are exposed to its rays, so be careful. Sunglasses and hats have to become your best friends.

As for the cold weather, it might make a real problem. An average tourist thinks the tropical climate means eternal warm weather and most comfortable temperatures. The truth is this just can’t last. Pack your jackets, sweaters and long pants, if you do not intend to chatter every night.

Clothing is an important part of any country’s culture. There is some kind of public dress code in Dominica, and it says no beach clothes in when public (except for beaches and pools). It’s not like those people have something against that kind of clothing, they don’t just consider it enough. You shouldn’t wear outstandingly revealing clothes in restaurants, shops and on the streets; these are not beaches. And take into account there are no beaches for naturists.

That’s it. Active wear, beach clothing, warm clothing, casual wear, some protection of the sun and rain–that’ll do it. These make the necessary baggage, but you may take anything else if you want to.

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