Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year Island Babble Followers

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of social events and activities because of winter break and Christmas. It's great, but i'm about socialized out until next year.

So instead of a long and  proper blog post I'm going to share some pictures I've taken throughout the past year around the island to celebrate 2013 and the holiday season.

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Enjoy the photos!

Taking the car ferry to Nevis

It wouldn't be St. Kitts without some pigs in a cardboard box, in the back of a truck on the ferry.

Porch sunset view over Basseterre.
Pep worker on his phone.

View of Plymouth, Montserrat.

Of course, I did lots of hiking:

Sofa Stone on top of Monkey Hill.

Watching a Ladies Soccer Game in Tabernacle.

The best part about living in St. Kitts is that you never run out of beautiful scenery to photograph and you never know what you're going to get a picture of.

We have a troop of probably 30 monkeys that visit us nearly everyday.

St. Kitts at one time had quite a few military forts. Here are some pictures from the two that remain.

These are both Brimstone Hill, a fascinating fort and probably the coolest in the Caribbean.

This photo above is Fort Thomas, which from what I see has been pretty much abandoned. It did have a government owned hotel in recent times on the fort's grounds, but now it's just deteriorating.

There has been a lot of development in the past year in St. Kitts. There are lots of new resorts and condos being built and some infrastructure improvement too.

The one I've been waiting for to be finished is the new roundabout near the E.C. Bank. This area is a terrible bottleneck with too many roads coming together in one spot. Hopefully this new roundabout will help fix that.

From the roundabout you can see one of the new condo projects going up in the distance.

During 2013 St. Kitts has been working on the top of Timothy Hill, where boulders had fallen down previously and destroyed the road. Apparently they are going to build a tunnel of some sort so this portion f the road will be safe.

The project looks like an ambitious one. Take a look at the two excavators at the top of the rock cliff. The one on the right has a jackhammer and after he breaks up the rock the guy on the right knocks it down over the cliff onto what was once the road. This will be an interesting project to watch.

Jackhammer Excavator

Another new project that is almost completely finished is the new private jet terminal. They were paving the parking lot and putting in landscaping in mid December, in this picture.

Finally, the last project that got under way in 2013 in St. Kitts was the beginning of the Koi Resort   Development in Half Moon Bay. This development is a Citizenship By Investment project, meaning if you have $400,000 U.S. dollars to spend you can automatically become a citizen here by buying one of these condo units.

This is what it should look like when it's finished.

There are plenty of other new projects going on in St. Kitts too that should be finished in 2014, so I'll keep you up to date. Remember everything moves on "island time" here too, so no guarantees. 

I wanted to finish up with some more scenic photos from this past year.
Full Moon photos

Thanks for a great year St. Kitts and thanks for having me.