This week I am attending the Winter Board Meeting of the Progressive National Baptist Convention in Nassau, Bahamas. This is the second time I’ve been to Nassau and the first time I’ve flown here.
I want to share a few impressions of Nassau for those who are thinking of visiting here in the future:
1. The People are Friendly
Tourism is THE industry of the Bahamas. The people are well aware of it and I’ve yet to meet honestly a rude Bahamian. Everyone is pleasant and they go out of their way to be friendly or at least extend themselves towards you. Obviously walking around with camera in hand, wearing UK hat and looking kinda pale (I’ll be nice) is a dead giveaway that I’m not from here – especially with a lack of accent. But I’ve never visited a place so friendly in my life.
2. This Place is Expensive
Child, if you plan to come here – make sure you have some money in your pocket. Two sandwiches, chips and two fruit drinks (non-alcoholic) will run you $25 plus easy. Cell phone? Forget about it. The International Roaming Charges are unbelievable. Renting a car? $80 plus a day plus insurance and gas is about $6 dollars a gallon (didn’t do that). Cabs are reasonable (about $8 one way) and so are taxis (less than $2 one way) but be prepared to have some patience.
3. The Population is Churchy
Contrary to popular opinion the largest religious groups here are Anglicans, Baptists and this new-fast growing group called Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship which is growing like wildfire here. They have the Anglicans from their British commonwealth roots and the worship is steeped in that style. Of the folk I met, most of them were churched or were very aware of the church population here.
4. The Phones are Ridiculous
Note to self: NEVER come back here without first getting a local-cell phone or setting up international roaming package with AT&T. The rates will kill you. I spent easily a one month bill in a matter of hours (thank you AT&T for having mercy on me) but lesson learned. I’m surprised that our hotel, The Hyatt Crystal Springs has horrid internet service and connection. It’s very unfortunate. For that fact alone, I would probably come to Atlantis or Sheraton or the new hotel under construction.
So that’s just my perspective on Paradise called the Bahamas. I enjoyed myself and my wife enjoyed it as well. We walked the beach this morning, went downtown, had lunch, came back, went to the session, and getting ready to call it a night, watch some TV, do some writing and reflecting.