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Beautiful, Beautiful Barbados
Barbados is the Caribbean Island I called home and was wonderful place to grow up and I will always take pride in my “Bajan” roots. About 166.4 square miles Barbados is a part of the Lesser Antilles and sits just outside of the usual hurricane path. It was a British Colony until 1966 when we gained independence. Home to approximately 287,535 people the island maintains a stable democratic government, good education system and a wealthy economy in the region. Its friendly people, beautiful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere has made Barbados a popular tourist destination.
Tidbits: Barbados is a Tropical Island with an average of 30 degrees celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) People from Barbados are known as Bajans. English is the official language of Barbados but Bajan is the accent of the people that bares (in my opinion) an Irish similarity.
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North Dakota, Nothing Plain about it.
North Dakota, the 39th State in the union, is now my home and it’s a beautiful place to live. We live in the country and I appreciate the view of the natural world around me. North Dakota (ND) is 70,762 mi² and populated by approximately 739,482 people. As it’s a large agricultural state and one of the least populated states in the US, it took me a while to get used to the quiet. I now enjoy being able to hear my own thoughts.
North Dakota experiences winter with temperatures often well below zero so it’s taken some time but I’m acclimatizing well. Summer weather is not unlike that in Barbados however where we’d worry about hurricanes in Barbados from June to October; in North Dakota the concern is Tornadoes with a seasonal peak in June. North Dakotans are generally warm friendly people who tend to be incredibly polite. It is a great place for all but may appeal most to the outdoor enthusiast, artist, sport lovers and historian visitors.