September 19, 2014

Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados

The Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados is 12 days away from reaching its target on Kickstarter & needs your support! As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, land scarcity & food production are serious problems in Barbados. As a result, 10% of our people can't meet daily feed needs (that's 28,000 people!) CPRIB aims to address some of these issues by teaching people how to grow food sustainably, repair landscapes & build self sufficient communities by offering free workshops and introductory talks, as well as a wide variety of courses, internships and volunteer opportunities. Check out their campaign here. 


September 14, 2014

Mango Malou

Happy as a monkey with a mango in the sea! 

I'm catching up on a lifetime of uneaten mangoes after discovering that I am no longer allergic to them. Growing up in the Caribbean unable to touch a mango for fear of blistering skin was pure torture! For those of you who know how fussy I was about being near to anything mango related (including skincare products that contained mango extract) you're probably asking yourself: "Why did this girl suddenly decide to touch a mango?"

After complaining bitterly about my allergy (yet again), a doctor friend of mine suggested I 'spot' test some mango skin & sap on my forearms, after explaining that you can grow out out of allergies and develop new ones as you get older. This is especially true for skin allergies like mine, because your skin matures and changes. I did as she suggested and couldn't contain my excitement as I neared the 20 minute mark without any irritation or blistering! I immediately peeled a juicy mango and jumped into the sea. I looked like a 5 year old child with mango all over my face. Ah-mazinggggg! It's such a relief, and I can't wait to eat every mango in sight from now on.

September 7, 2014

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Back to reality after 3 whirlwind weeks of wine, wanderlust & way too many photos! Stay tuned for European highlights coming up on the blog soon!

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