Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Getting to Know Grenada

I’ve been exploring more of this 12 x 21 mile island known as the Isle of Spice, because it has more spices per square mile than any other place on the planet and has long been a major source of nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, turmeric and cocoa. Grenadan's call nutmeg "black gold" because it's their #1 export crop and it's two spices in one - nutmeg & mace.

Grenada recently celebrated 34 years of independence with great enthusiasm evident by the remaining waving flags and national colors of green, red and gold painted on just about any and everything throughout the island. The green stands for her lush vegetation, the red for her past history of struggle and conflict, and the gold for her sunshine.

Grenada has picturesque mountains, tropical flowers, beaches, waterfalls, lush rainforests, and crater lakes. But it was not Grenada's physical beauty that impressed me most but rather her rich history and current living cultural heritage.

A couple of interesting facts:
- 65% of Grenadan's are under 25-years of age.
- China built Grenada's new cricket stadium and continues to invest in the island with laborers, money and commitments for additional building projects.

Top photo shown is the Grenada Dove. Additional photos of Grenada can be viewed at Flickr.com.

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