It wasn't a trip that we had planned, having been on holiday 2 months before, we were settling into our day to day routine, then came the call...
The BBC were putting together a series about people who had been considering returning to sunnier climbs and we were chosen to visit Barbados again to see if would be something that we considered doing. The program 'Wanted in Paradise' is loosly based on the 'Wanted Down Under' series.
We were blown away by the opportunity to really see what it would be like living in Barbados, which allowed us to escape London for a week to see what things that we would need to think about and put into place. This was an emotional journey as it meant having to think about those things that you take for granted, like being around family and friends, making your home in an unfamiliar environment and the ups and downs that goes with it.
Sekani got to visit the University of Barbados, and spoke with the Dean, and Alan met two head teachers and took his e-safety and cyber bullying program and ran a session in two primary schools. It was an eye opener to find out how much they knew about e-safety and the work that is being done in schools at the moment.
I got to meet the Pamelia Brereton, the President of the Barbados Alzheimer's Association and found out about the work that they are doing, and how I could possibly use some of the experience that I have gained from working with the Arts and Healthcare. It was great to talk to Pamelia, who was able to relate to my situation with my mother as a carer, and gave some great advice.
|President - Pamelia Brereton|
|Entrance to Studio|
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Other highlights on the trip included spending time with Alan's cousin Mike and his wife Denise, they are a great couple who run Value Vacations travel agents in Barbados, and they are doing their bit giving back to the community with a variety of different ventures.
|Alan with his cousin Mike and Denise|
I have a lot of thinking to do, in order to make a decision, with no direct family in Barbados, and looking after my mum a priority, I have many tough decisions to make that will effect many people and can't be made lightly.
|Sunsets are beautiful!|
For now, stay blessed and be a blessing!