Funjie Band

Funjie Band

Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands, is an interesting place to visit. Our scenic tour, of course, included views of the port city Road Town as well as both Caribbean and Atlantic beaches. An unexpected surprise was the wall of murals in the Fahie Hill community. Local artist Reuben Vanterpool turned a retaining wall into a gallery of local history. He sketched a series of scenes on a wall about ten feet high and sixty feet long, and, with help from other artists, painted them in vivid colors. My snapshots taken from an open air bus include panels showing the watering of cattle, baking bong bong, heading to market, an oven full of bread, a funjie band, preparing sugar cane on George’s north side, inside the boiling house, memories of George’s north side school, and cutting sugar cane.

Heineken Xmas Tree

Our tour included an extended stop at Cane Garden Bay. After buying souvenir clothing at an open air shop called “One Love,” we removed our shoes to feel the white sand beneath our feet as we enjoyed the calm surf and warm, clear water. A buffet lunch at Quito’s Gazebo included seeing an unusual Christmas tree, one formed with Heineken bottles. Another great day as the year 2007 year comes to an end.

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