Michael thought he’d been most everywhere in the Caribbean. Still, he had never visited Dominica. His father dismissed it as being unexciting and his mother bemoaned that the hotels did not have even a single star to their credentials. Grazi was crazy about the island.
Every time they visited San Juan, she found a way to hop islands to get to her Dominica. They spent plenty of time in the sulpher springs and visited every mineral bath on the island. As long as they had rum, he was along for the ride.
“This place is volcanic… so its alive.”
“The hardships I endure for love.” Michael replied thinking of his mother’s absurd comment. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for Grazi. She made all the difference, she was enough.
On Sunday November 3, 1493, Christopher Columbus or Cristóbal Colón, your preference, sailed passed the island. He was unable to land on this amazing volcanic island but, he named it Dominica as it was Domingo/Sunday.
What he didn’t realize was that the island was already populated by the Kalinago people and that they called the island Wai’tukubuli, meaning ‘Tall is her body’.
The Spanish (just a bit), British, and French all spent time colonizing the island. Just go there and learn for yourself!
This is a view of Roseau, Dominica.
Please remember that Dominica was also hit by Hurricane Maria. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy of Dominica.
One of their first free dives was in Dominica. Grazi took Michael to Champagne Reef. He laughed as she pull her running shorts on over her bikini and strapped the knife to her waist. She slid in with only her mask and fins.
“Are you sure about this?” he asked from the boat.
“Yea, I’ve been doing this my whole life. We’ll start out shallow and go deeper.”
“I’m going to wear my snorkle so I can take pictures.”
“Ok, one day our kids will be able to see how crazy we were.”
“You mean, how daring you are. I’m the crazy one. I’ll follow you anywhere, even to the depths of the ocean.”
“Oh, come on, it’s not that deep!”
Grazi turned and dove under. As Michael jumped in he thought….this is the only person, the only person in this world who could make me leave my gear and follow her. The only one.