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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pretty St George's, Grenada (Country/Polity #148, UN Member #118)

A nice day in St George's, capital of Grenada. This is perhaps the most picturesque capital in the Caribbean. Nice old buildings and clean streets on hill tops flanking a sheltered bay which is basically the submerged crater of a dormant volcano. People are very friendly and cheerful too, despite frequent destructions by hurricanes (last in 2005 - damage still seen everywhere) and a 1983 invasion by the United States.

Interestingly, stamps have three combination of country names: Grenada, Grenada Grenadines and Grenada Carriacou and Petit Martinique - extremely reveneish and expensive, I didn't buy any complete set. Only sent postcards with a combination of stamps with different country names.

Now at Grenada's Point Salines International Airport (major target of the 1983 invasion, which the US alleged Cubans were building as an air force base), about to fly to Trinidad. Tomorrow, I will do a day trip to Tobago, the second largest island of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. After the tour, I will fly to New York to connect to Tokyo, and then back to Singapore. End of Odyssey2b. Will stay in Singapore for 2 weeks before flying to Ghana, for part c of Odyssey2!

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