This Little Island Girl|Island Life.

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Okay okay! You’ve asked for it, you’ve raved about it, you’ve begged for it and I have heard you! So without further ado, I present ‘Island Life’ the series. 

A lot of you -okay maybe not a lot of you-, but some of you, okay maybe just one of you, my dedicated reader(s), have expressed interest in learning more about the exotic tropical paradise I call home.

For a long time, I have been meaning to incorporate this feature into my blog, but could never quite figure out the direction in which I’d have liked for it to take,  so I decided to just wing it.

This particular  series will be dedicated to all things St. Kitts & Nevis (SKN). Not only the touristy things (i’m not entirely sure there will actually be touristy things), but more or less the way of life of a people who live on a speck on a flower.  And more importantly how I navigate my everyday life.

So if you like reading and learning new things about other places stay tuned. I thought I’d hit it off with some fun facts about our barbaric, uncivilized culture and answer some of the most awesomely stupid questions I’ve ever been asked.

Okay maybe not stupid, but I am amazed at the level of ignorance I’ve experience with regard to my little island and the Caribbean on the whole. Isn’t it the 21st century or something?

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Q: What part of Jamaica is SKN?

A: Believe it or not, there are other islands that exist in the Caribbean beside Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Oh wait, you probably haven’t heard of those either. The short answer to that question is, SKN is yet another island separate and apart from Jamaica *gasp* in the West Indies.

Q: What color are the people there?

A: You will need to draw closer for this one! Word. Can. Not. Get. Out! We are a nation of rainbow colored people! I kid you not! Some of us are blue, others are pink, and I’ve seen some orange people here and there too (I’ll admit those are not the colors of the rainbow). For the most part though, the natives are pre-dominantly of African descent or maybe not, it’s hard to tell. 

Q: So what kind of food do you eat there anyway?

A: You mean aside from each other? We are a bunch of cannibalistic neanderthals feasting on the flesh and bones of each other (yum, yum). Were the neanderthals cannibals? I have no idea. When we aren’t eating each other we enjoy worms and rats and the occasional dog or cat (oh piss off PETA). We do use a healthy amount of herbs and seasonings (not salt and pepper to taste) in our dishes. 

Q: Do you have cars there?

A: Oh, we use donkeys and carts. Horses are for the elitists. Sometimes, on very extra special occasions, we use these things called automobiles (betcha didn’t know I knew that word?! Ha!).  They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. 

Q: What language do you speak there?

A: We definitely don’t speak ‘American’ (shhh, they still don’t know American is not a language). We speak many variations of… wait for it, hold on, En…glish! 

That is all for now, join me weekly for my Island Life feature and more on what goes on in the secret lives of Kittitians and Nevisians (what we call ourselves).  Feel free to let me know if there is anything in particular you’d like to see me discuss in this forum.

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photos lifted from Google

What about you? What are some of the weird questions you’ve been asked about where you’re from? Let me know in the comment section. Also comment and let me know where you are reading from. Cheers!

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Waves from St. Kitts.

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49 thoughts on “This Little Island Girl|Island Life.

  1. Revenge of Eve says:

    Looking forward to this! I am so envious of Carribean Life. It is a culture of its own and I am stoked you will be educating me about it! I would love to see some photography of the landscape and the food. Yummy…. And any weird creatures.

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  2. righteousbruin9 says:

    What a delightful post! Even as a child, I never ceased to roll my eyes at the ignorance so many people had, with respect to tropical islands- well, ignorance of places outside their home areas, in general. Native Americans have great fun with this, still. I am sure that people across the Caribbean spend many evenings, telling tourist jokes.

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  3. theblackbeauty says:

    I would definitely like to learn more about SKN, who knows i just might visit someday. Also, if it isn’t too much, can you share pictures with your write up? Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading.

    Ps. Some of the questions though, did someone actually ask you that? What do we have the Internet for again? So crazy!

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    • kedawithani says:

      Thanks for your suggestions, certainly, I will definitely be including pics. thanks for reading.

      Yes they really do…there are more… I just can’t bring them to mind right now… it’s really real though…

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    • kedawithani says:

      hahahahaha… I’m happy to have been of some assistance… I’m still surprised that we are so ‘unknown’ to the wider world… granted there are some places whose names I can’t even pronounce let alone find on a map…

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  4. mommatrek says:

    I want to go there some day. I love travelling and maybe one of these days I’ll make it to St. Kitt’s.

    Ok. So weird questions about where I’m from…I honestly can’t think of any that we really get other than every now and then from foreigners who think we all ride horses and have oil wells in our back yards because that’s the way Texas seems to be generally represented on TV. With lots of horses and oil wells and people driving pimped out Caddies with horns on the front. The closest we personally come to having an oil well is actually having one that doesn’t even belong to us (it belongs to the company that processes the oil, actually) on my husband’s land in Oklahoma. And we don’t make that much money off it. I wish we did.

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  5. Ellen Hawley says:

    The questions you get asked remind me of something the (late, unfortunately) newspaper columnist Molly Ivins said about George W. Bush: “If ignorance was selling for $50 a barrel, I’d want drilling rights on that man’s head.”

    I can only imagine what she’d have said about Trump. Or the people who ask those questions.

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  6. kutiyela says:

    Great post as always! I already like this series. Made me remember once on a business trip in Australia ( I was working for a very big international financial institution , think big management meeting after hours “meet and greet”) a couple of executives commented that “no way you can be Italian, I know Italians! They are short, dark skinned and have dark hair and eyes!” My height, my hair and eye colour were completely wrong…. sorry to disappoint guys! 😂😂😂 I just laughed in their faces….

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  7. Jecca says:

    This series looks like it’ll be really interesting! I think the weirdest/most annoying questions I ever got were when I lived in Delaware, a state in the U.S.
    “Wait, like Texas?”
    “No. Delaware. On the east coast.”
    “Oooh… What part of Pennsylvania is that in?”

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  8. Snuffy says:

    Very fun, Keda. Can’t wait to hear more about your little corner of the world (or speck on a flower). I’ve only been to the Caribbean once and it was a very touristy experience, unfortunately, and I hope to visit again at a slower pace. You joke about the food but I love learning new recipes from other parts of the world if you ever share them!

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      • Snuffy says:

        It was on a cruise, we stopped on Haiti and Jamaica. Definitely not my normal way to travel but my friend had won a trip. We did some kayaking and such. It would be more meaningful to return and do some wandering outside of the tour thing. It felt very contrived (as cruises are) but still blessed to be in such a beautiful place. And I enjoyed trying all the different kinds of dishes, even though I imagine it was all a bit made up for the tourists and that eating at cafes or in homes would be quite different, spicier maybe?

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