While browsing travel Twitter, I came across the blog of Giselle in Motion, who has been posting about the highlights of Grenada. This got me inspired to look back at the photos from my trip to this Caribbean island back in 2015. Boy, have smart phone cameras improved over the past five years! Excluding a couple taken by my artistic friend with her DSLR, many of the shots in my collection seriously look like they were captured using a potato. I did do some editing, albeit limited by the functionality of the iOS Photos app, and managed to make a few of them more presentable. Enhance. Enhance.
Grenada is located in the West Indies, at the southern end of the Grenadines island chain. Besides the main island of Grenada, there are an additional six smaller islands that lie to the north. It is relatively small, with a population of about 112,000. Nicknamed the ‘Island of Spice’, Grenada’s greatest claim to fame is its production of nutmeg and mace crops. It is also well known amongst aspiring doctors as the site of St. George’s University Medical School, dubbed a ‘second chance’ medical program.
A group of friends and I spent a week in Grenada on a resort vacation after finishing our final licensing exams. We travelled via Air Canada Vacations and stayed at Grenadian by Rex Resorts, a 3 star all-inclusive venue that has apparently since been refurbished and rebranded as The Royalton. The amenities weren’t extravagant by any means, but were decent enough and met our budgetary restrictions as freshly graduated and heavily indebted new professionals.
We were pretty active during this week that was initially intended as a lazy lounge vacation. We signed up for excursions nearly every day, including an island tour with visit to a nutmeg factory and rum distillery; snorkeling; hiking to Seven Sisters Waterfalls; a nighttime walk on the beach to observe giant sea turtles nesting; golfing on a very dry and curvy course; and an evening at the local street food market. Of course, we still spent plenty of time by the pool and on the beach, swimming in the Caribbean Sea and sipping on pina coladas. Ah, to be back in those days.