A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

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By now you must have seen all the posts on social media about the catastrophy that is the burning of the Amazon Forest.

While I was in St Barts I noticed that some beaches had some sort of algae. Some with just small patches and some with thick layers.  Locals explained that unfortunately, because of Intensive farming in Brazil and deforestation of the Amazon… the whole of the Caribbean was struggling with “Sargasses” (Sargassum).

It does come and go. It could be good on one day and bad the next (for each beach). On this particular stretch of land, it was piled high (no beach so less likely to be clean manually)

Sargassum is a genus of brown macroalgae (seaweed). The Atlantic Ocean’s Sargasso Sea* was named after the algae, as it hosts a large amount of Sargassum.

In summer 2015, large quantities of different species of Sargassum accumulated along the shores of many of the countries on the Caribbean Sea (…).  Another large outbreak occurred in 2018.  The algae wash ashore, pile up on beaches, and decay, often causing a foul odor, releasing fumes of sulfur compounds (…)

Researchers say that the Sargassum outbreak started in 2011, but it has become worse over the years.  As it is cleaned up on the shorelines, in a matter of a week, the shorelines are once again filled in masse(…).  Several factors could explain the proliferation of Sargassum in the area in recent years.  These include the rise of sea temperature and the change of sea currents due to climate change. Also, nutrients from agricultural fertilizers and wastewater from the cities that end up in the sea could also make the algae bloom.  Deforestation and fertilizer use are among the factors thought to be driving the growth.  “As people cut down more trees, when precipitation occurs, more nutrients can be washed off into the river,” (…)  “And when rain washes up on the land, fertilizers can potentially leech into the water itself.

”Some species of Sargassum – a group of seaweed – live on the ocean’s surface, where they attract fish, birds, and turtles.  “In the open ocean, Sargassum provides great ecological values, serving as a habitat and refuge for various marine animals.”  However, too much of the seaweed can smother corals and seagrasses, and end up on beaches, releasing gas that smells like rotten eggs.

* yes, the same Saragossa Sea with the high concentration of non-biodegradable plastic waste aka the huge North Atlantic Garbage Patch. 

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Baby girl is leaving the little paradise that she called home for the past 6-month to embark on a trip that will take her to another island at the antipode. A little less than a month of vacation in her old turf and by her family before going back to her studies in Europe.

It will take her 36+ hours of door-to-door travel time but she’ll lose one day in the process. Leaving St Barth on the 13th and arriving in Singapore on the 15th.

Thank goodness for the modern technology that keep us connected.

Remembering when I left home 29 years ago and my parents had to wait until I had arrived at my final destination to receive a phone call reassuring them that I had made it safely to my destination… at some “stranger” home and a country I barely spoke the language, plus no daily communication either as I couldn’t afford the per minute rate between the USA and France phone call 😱

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Last day of daughter’s 6-month internship in St Barthélemy.

What an incredible experience of working in an amazing hotel in such a paradise.

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Leaving with beautiful memories in my head.

Bleu Caraïbes.

PS: I reserve the right to post more pictures from the trip even after I’m back in France 😉

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Every good thing has an end.

Bye Bye St Barts. See you soon.

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It’s time to say good bye to St Barthelemy. One last look at Gustavia from the lighthouse just before sunset.

See you soon. Let’s hope it won’t take me another 9 years to come back.

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One last car ride around the island.

Baie de St Jean with the airport in the background and the iconic Eden Rock Hotel (under renovation following damage from Irma Tropic Storm)

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One last trip to my favorite stretch of sand: Gouverneur beach. Soaking up the turquoise color of the water from my little spot in the shade under the tree.

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Mesmerized by the view and the boats going by.

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Not a bad place to spend the day with a large group of friends.

An amazing villa full of little nooks and with great decor.

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