When I tell people that my son is in Dominica, almost everyone asks if he speaks Spanish, which tells me they’re thinking of the Dominican Republic, which is the other half of Haiti — a long ways away. Dominica is pronounced “dom-i-NEE-kah,” as compared to “do-MIN-i-ca” — it’s easy to remember if you think that the French once called it Dominique.
Dominique (as in Dominica) is just south of Guadalupe and just north of Martinique — all part of the West Indies. For the geographically-challenged, here’s a map of the Caribbean. DomiNIca is about 15 degrees north on the bottom right. (As an aside, Lusaka is 15 degrees south.)
Alex spent his first 1.5 years in Portsmouth, on the northwest part of the island. Now he’s in Roseau (the capital), on the southwest part of the island.
Alex was a fantastic host. He’d be super busy learning how to put on casts or demonstrating intubations by day and then late afternoon he’d pick us up for some island adventure. One day he took us to Scotts Head, the southern-most tip of Dominica. You can see Martinique from the viewing point.
Alex said it was just a 10-15 minute walk so I didn’t bother to put on hiking clothes and up we went.
Of course, Kala led the way.
Okay, I guess it would have been useful to have worn hiking shoes and pants.
Rest stop for Kala.
We made it!
To the very tip-top.
What a view!