The beauty of Dominica never gets old. The island is just as spectacular to me today as it was the first day I arrived. When I walk from the university heading toward Portsmouth, I find the mountains ahead stunning every time. I suppose growing up under sea level with only man made hills leaves me easily wondered.
I have never seen as many rainbows as I have here in Dominica. They pop up all the time. They make me feel like a five year old kid, giddy and amazed and the same time.
Dominica has a way of humbling you. You are surrounded by water on all sides, cut off from the rest of the world in many ways. Mountains tower over you, waterfalls cascade behind you, scents of sulfur surprise you, endemic creatures fly above you, rivers flow between your toes, vegetation all around you. All the beauty really does leave you with a sense of higher things. It’s much quieter and much slower. Less noise, less distractions, less commercialism. The sun and the rain are busy making the rules. The days seem to start earlier and the nights come quickly. The tide rolls in and the tide rolls out. Not much to do but flow with it.
I will forever be grateful for this time in my life. Being forced to slow down has been good for the soul and left me changed. Thank you Dominica, the nature isle. You have taught me more than any teacher has.