Well, the winds of change are blowing around the island. The main road from Picard (where we live) to the capital, Roseau is being re-designed and re-paved. Also, new road signs have been put up like this one below…
We’ve just recently gotten road signs in Picard as well and an actual yellow line painted down Robert Ross Blvd. If you’re in the US reading this you are probably laughing to yourself, but t’is true. This is a first in our area–lines on the road.
We just got back from break and discovered a few other changes. For example, Bob’s Chinese restaurant has relocated from across the street from the shacks to the new blue building on Banana Trail. 7-11’s doors are closed! We arrived to Dominica before 7-11 was built. Since they opened, their doors have never closed, ever…not even on Christmas Day. I am really hoping that they are just relocating somewhere, but the word on the street is that they have shut down their Picard location.
In the short time we were gone, the shacks got a facelift…
Surely you jest! Okay we all know Rituals closes over break, but that says, “no longer in operation”. Again, the word on the street is that Rituals is gone and not re-opening. Since the Rituals location in the capital city closed just a few months ago, I suppose I should not be surprised. Rituals was not built when we first arrived to the island. I’m sad to see it come and go so quickly.
The Rituals Picard location did just recently open up a small (and I mean tiny) branch on campus called Pic-N-Go. So, I guess Pic-N-Go it will be and Rituals no more? I hope this is all a bad dream. I hope tomorrow morning 7-11 and Rituals will be open. In the meantime, like any coffee addict would do, I got busy today tracking down some concrete info on another coffee supplier–the coffee shack #9 called, “La Casa Espresso”. If you are on Robert Ross Blvd. looking at the shacks, La Casa Espresso is on the left side toward the end. There are some tables outside in front of it. The posted hours of operation are 6 am to 10 pm. and they were open for business today. (A side note for newbies…posted hours of operation are a suggestion in the Caribbean, an estimate at best, and not necessarily written in stone…call first before getting out of bed at 6 am, 445-6445 or 245-1043). So, we have La Casa to get some coffee from off campus, and the Pic-N-go and the “The Cafe” on campus. The Wrap Factory was serving Starbucks coffee but I’m not sure if they are still doing that.
So, that’s all for now. I hope you have all had a nice break from studying. Bonne Annee!