Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Cold Relief

If you’re in a part of the country that’s in the deep freeze, follow this link and listen to ZJB – Radio Montserrat. The music and the weather forecast will warm you up.

Montserrat is a tiny island in the Eastern Caribbean. I’ve been there twice for vacation – 1993 and 1994 – and was getting ready to go back in 1997 when nature, in the form of volcanic eruptions starting in July 1995, interrupted the plans. About half of the 37-square-mile island was buried under volcanic ash and about half of the 10,000 population evacuated to other islands, England, and the U.S.

But the island is recovering. The old airport was wiped out and the only way to get to the island is by ferry or helicopter from Antigua, but the new airport is under construction and should be open soon. The tourist industry is coming back; hotels like the Vue Pointe, where I stayed, are open again. You really have to admire the indomintable spirit of the people there – not even the primal forces of nature can keep them down.

And if you’re really cold and a glutton for punishment, visit the Montserrat Tourist Board site.