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Life in St. Kitts, continued [Aug. 30th, 2002|07:40 pm]
Catherine Fischer
Sunday, August 25. Ah, guacamole: breakfast of champions. Well, second breakfast, in any case. Leonie told me where I could find a store open today – it seems the owners are 7th Day Adventists, and were closed yesterday. Ran out and got tortilla chips, then decided to have a bit of an explore. Drove up Fort Street (one of the main north-south roads in town) to where the pavement petered out in a shanty town (the locals were all dressed in their tropically-inappropriate Sunday best, streaming toward the church) – abruptly found myself in rainforest. (Was looking for a way up Monkey Hill, but the road didn’t go that way.) Tangled ancient mango trees, breadfruit trees, heliconia, banana trees, pothos vine and lianas, various epiphytes – still, it was a lot quieter than I’m used to rainforest being: St. Kitts has relatively few bird species. Hiked a little way further (didn’t trust the non-paved road with my tiny little car) and found a couple of corrugated tin and cinder block shanties completely overgrown by rainforest, then found Bayford’s Plantation (not open to the public) – amazing view from up there. When I got back and told Brian about it, he said that that tiny little track is a big tourist thing: sugar plantation tour. Said that there were a number of other old plantations around there, and a waterfall cascading down green hill. Also told me that the only way up to the top of Monkey Hill is by 4-wheel drive – said perhaps we could go sometime. I hope so! I bet the view from Monkey Hill is one of the best on the island, overlooking Basseterre as it is (and there were coconut palms waving gently on the top, too – added bonus). Since the beach is supposedly crowded today, perhaps I’ll go sight-seeing – there are various other historical (1623 or so) sites I haven’t yet visited, some of them very close. Wingfield Manor was home to Thomas Jefferson’s family, before they moved to Antigua and eventually, the Carolinas (Thomas Jefferson’s great grandfather, Samuel, is buried here).
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