G’Bye Grenada, Isle of Passion

Posted on: Friday, February 20th, 2009
Posted in: Travelog, 4th Stop: Grenada, Latest Trip | 3 comments

Why Grenada? Nobody we know has gone there. Research sources barely mention it. And except for that invasion in 1983, most Americans hardly know of it. Yet it rose through the sea of possibilities and became this Sabbatical’s primary destination. Destiny proved right. I love Grenada, isle of spice. Let me count five ways…

  • Grenada is an isle of spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, of course. But “spice” also implies the zest, zeal, and color that Grenadians sprinkle into everything they do.


  • Grenada is an isle of independence. With a population of only 100,000, they are one of the smallest nations in the western hemisphere. They take their autonomy seriously—supplying their own food, nurturing their culture, and taking care of their treasures.

  • Grenada is an isle of beauty. Some of us just love sea, sand, and surf. But Grenada also offers mountains, rivers, waterfalls, cliffs, forests, plantations, farms, wildlife, grasslands, a volcano, and a rainforest. And that’s just the natural stuff!

  • Grenada is an isle of compassion. In much of this world, entitlement and indifference fester. Here, not so much. People remain gentle, generous, and polite. Nothing is rushed, while moments are savored. It’s no wonder they’ve thrived through natural and political hurricanes. Grenadians openly talk about—and show—“love in their hearts.”

  • Grenada is an isle of passion. How do you describe passion? Maybe you don’t, since it’s more of a visceral phenomenon—what you see, hear, taste, smell, and feel. I’ll really miss Grenada. But the extraordinary, exhilarating sense of life with passion: That’s what I’ll miss the most.

G’Bye, sweet Grenada. God willing, we’ll meet again.
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3 Responses to “G’Bye Grenada, Isle of Passion”

  1. Gooch Says:

    I love the way you sum up Grenada… those are indeed 5 things to love about Grenada and Grenadians. Brilliant photos… I even know a couple of the folks in them. One correction the US invasion was October 25th 1983, not 1984. Hope you return one day soon.

  2. Grenada Link Round Up - March 19th 2009 Says:

    […] G’Bye Grenada, Isle of Passion – BreakAway Blog counts the 5 ways they love Grenada… nice post with some great Grenada pictures. […]

  3. Steve G Says:

    Great post of a lovely island. I miss Grenada and her wonderful people. I lived in Hawaii for ten years and I would choose Grenada/Carriacou as a vacation spot !

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