10 Reasons To Visit Saint Lucia

10 Reasons To Visit Saint Lucia

St. Lucia has everything to offer.
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Visiting St. Lucia has greatly affected my life in a positive way, and will always hold a special place in my heart. I thank Suffolk County Community College for giving me the opportunity to study abroad, and learn about Caribbean Culture. The memories and the friends that I made will stay with me forever.

1. The People

No matter where you go, there are always friendly people. Mostly everyone is approachable and willing to have a conversation. It’s astonishingly easy to make local friends. In the two weeks that I’ve been here, I’ve made more friends than I can count!

2. The History Of The Island

St. Lucia recently gained independence in the 1970s, but before that, it was constantly fought over by the British and the French. Both the British and the French had control of the island seven times each, and all over the island are historic forts from all of the wars.

3. Scuba Diving

St. Lucia is one of the top rated islands for Scuba. The water offers some of the world’s most incredible sights, and it is absolutely breathtaking to see how the ecosystem underwater works. I highly recommend Dive Saint Lucia, as they are so welcoming, understanding and fun to go out and dive with!

4. Local Art

I’m not one for tacky souvenirs, but what I really appreciate is handmade, local art. Vincent Joseph Eudovic is St. Lucia’s leading wood sculptor, and makes absolutely incredible pieces of art. You can visit Eudovic’s art studio in Castries. Island Mix in Rodney Bay is an art studio that only sells art made by locals. Besides art you can buy, you can find amazing art hidden all along the island.

5. The Pitons

No matter which direction you look, you will be able to see a mountain, or one of the two Pitons. The Pitons are two cone shaped mountains in St.Lucia, and such a beautiful sight. You can even hike them!



6. The Beach

St. Lucia offers incredibly soft sand, and astonishing clear water. No matter where you’re staying, you can find a perfect beach nearby.

7. Soufriere

Soufriere is the world’s only drive-through volcano, and it’s active, although the last eruption was hundreds of years ago. You can see the hot springs bubbling and steam coming out. Also, you can take a bath in the mineral hot spring, and cover your body in a sulfur clay mask. It makes your skin super soft and is invigorating.

8. Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island is a historic St. Lucian landmark. Despite being labeled as an island, it was recently connected to St. Lucia by a causeway, making it easy to get to. Throughout the island, there are many ruins of old forts and military buildings that were used in the wars between the French and British. Other than that, it’s a great place to hike, with the highest points offering views of Martinique and the mountains.

9. Botanical Gardens

Walking through the botanical gardens in St. Lucia, I witnessed plants that I never even knew existed. So many tropical fruits and plants are always available for view, with tour guides to help you learn all about them. Some of the new fruits I came across were calabash, wax apples, prickly pear, love apples and cashew fruit. Lushan Country Life is an incredible garden, and I highly recommend it.

10. Castries

Castries is the capital of St. Lucia, and has the third rated market in the world. No matter what you are looking for, you will definitely be able to find it in the market. Local art, clothing, souvenirs, and food are just a few things you will find.

Cover Image Credit: Dana Franz

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

We never thought this day would come.
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I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

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6 Reasons Traveling Is Good For Your Mind, Body, And Soul

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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Have you ever traveled to a new destination and felt your mood instantly improve? Are you like me and feel happiest when you're on vacation? This is because traveling is a way for you to renew your soul and step out of your comfort zone. It keeps you happy and allows you to experience new things.

Visiting new destinations can open your mind to experiences you didn't even know were possible. You can meet new people, fall in love, try new foods, and see remarkable sites all while traveling. There are no limits to the places you can visit, and the things you can see. Currently, I am on a mini weekend trip to Arizona, and being here has opened my eyes and made me realize how impactful traveling really is on your mind, body, and soul. Traveling should be something you do as often as possible and whenever you get the chance. Here's why:

1. Traveling makes your heart happy 

Traveling is something that most people enjoy. It keeps the heart young and childlike. Traveling brings people joy because they get to experience new things that they love with the people they love.

2. It teaches you to embrace every moment 

Traveling can be unpredictable, especially because you are experiencing new things. Although it can be challenging, we learn best from these unpredictable moments. When we travel we learn to embrace every situation that is thrown at us.

3. Traveling relieves stress and improves mental health 

Traveling reduces stress and allows you to relax. More often than not, you take off work when you go on vacation and you focus on renewing your self. You get away from all the crazy things going on in your life, and you can just relax and focus on your own happiness.

4. It broadens your horizons 

Traveling lets you branch out and experience different cultures. You can try new foods, new activities, and meet all different types of people. You learn diversity, and you learn respect for other people and their culture's. Traveling helps you learn other perspectives around the world and lets your mind think in ways it never has before.

5. It keeps you healthy 

Traveling actually plays a big part in your physical health as well. During vacations, you often walk a lot to destinations and participate in calorie burning activities like hiking and swimming. Activities like these are often why you still are able to get your workout in while on vacation.

6. Traveling reminds you what is important 

Most importantly, traveling reminds you of the important things in life. We live day by day forgetting that every moment is remarkable. Sometimes, we get stuck in the same old boring routine and take for granted the life we have been given. Traveling reminds us that memories are valuable and that our lives should be cherished.

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