Tales from Ichirouganaim
The alarm went off at 4am. Excited, I packed my camera gear and supplies (something I would later regret) for what was to be a day of work. A day of pictures and networking, and while both were accomplished, The Great Train Hike showed me that dedication to a cause will always get you through, especially when your " This is easy!" becomes " What did I get myself into?"
With a brisk walk, The Great Train Hike took off, a few minutes before 6 am and as we walked out of Bridgetown through some bush and a few backyards, we entered the most scenic view of fields and canes, as well as the stickiest black mud ever. I almost lost a shoe but I was able to free it. A quick twist to regain balance and that is when I saw the most perfect rainbow in the sky behind me.
To say cross country Bardados is beautiful, is an understatement. To say Barbados is flat, well that is just ludicrous as I found out. The Great Train Hike did not disappoint. It was an adventure like no other and as we passed chimney after chimney of old sugar factories, I could not help but imagine the workers, managers, merchants disembarking the train and in my reverie of times long gone I found the most telling image of our jouney as a nation, an old chimney next to a cell tower.
To be continued...
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