On landing in Barbados, Ted quickly took off with one of the diplomats to visit one of the six other island states to which the High Commission is accredited. He arrived in Dominica, the ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’ and had his passport stamped by an obliging immigration officer. He travelled to Roseau through the mountains, and spent a couple of days enjoying the change of scenery.
On his return to Barbados, his passport was again stamped by Immigration on arrival, and he then settled down to work with High Commissioner Paul Brummell. Paul is a diplomat of some 25 years standing, having served as HM Ambassador in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan before becoming High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, based in the capital city Bridgetown.
The High Commission is a busy place with diplomats working on policy matters, UK Trade and Investment pursuing good deals for British business, UK Border Agency looking after people wanting visas to enter the UK and the Department for International Development looking to support the whole of the Caribbean region with development funding. The High Commission also has a consular team to help any British traveller who gets into trouble in this part of the world. Every year more than 400,000 people from the UK travel to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, and a few of them fall ill, lose their passports or get into some sort of trouble.
Ted enjoyed his time in Barbados. He liked the beach, he loved seeing the fields of sugar cane in the countryside, and most of all he liked the friendly folk he met. He is now on his way to Bermuda, an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We will keep you posted. You can see more photos by clicking on the link below:
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