Volunteer: Thomas Kuk
Contributions from Thomas Kuk
As one islander recently put it when referring to the social conditions of the island, “The problem for us is that our poverty is picturesque...” How appropriate and astute. As any tourist might attest, the brightness of colors, the majestic scenery and the contrast of living conditions on St. Lucia make every view a postcard snapshot. However, there is little about life here that is sterile or sanitized. That is not to say that everything posses a health risk. To the contrary, life her...
For the St. Lucian tourist industry, the world recession seemed to have bypassed the island like the September hurricanes thanks to the reality TV show, The Bachelor. Some of you might recall Jake taking Vienna to the Soufriere Sulphur Springs. The scene of them frolicking in the gray colored mud with a bottle of champagne nested along side Jake’s submerged hip, was indelibly imprinted in the minds of every June bride. They all longed to repeat that exact moment and many did. Like everything...
Nelbert Philips was a plump 12 year-old sixth grader that constantly projected a mischievous grin that contrasted against his dark complexion. When asked a question, he would tilt his head slightly to the left and ponder your motivation for asking. Slowly that smile would emerge and his face would expand. Sometimes he would answer, other times he would shy-away and disappear into the background. Nelbert’s friends were also the quiet and shy types, more studious, less “troublesome.” On th...