My Dominica: Delroy Williams
Delroy Williams is an award winning poet and short story writer from the beautiful island of Dominica. He is passionate about the community of his country, his people and preserving the culture of Dominica. He shares with us what it means for him to be a Dominican.
Describe Dominica in three words:
Contradiction, a melting pot, and natural.
What is your favourite childhood memory of growing up here?
My favourite memories of childhood were the days spent at the river and playing football. The river was next to the football field so we usually got up very early, played football until the sun was hot into the sky, then we went to the river to relax, swim and cook food. We would return later in the afternoon to play more football and sometimes cricket. Those were my fondest memories.
In what other homes/places have you lived?
I lived in Guadeloupe for two and a half years while furthering my studies in Agronomy.
Where in Dominica do you like to kick back and relax with family and friends?
I am an adventurous person, so most of my time is spent exploring Dominica, hiking, snorkelling or just liming across the island visiting different sites. I love the beach at Toucarie. I also love Spanny and Jaco Falls. My favourite chill spot, however, is the Fresh Water Lake. You can drive right up to the lake and enjoy the natural ambience. I also spend a lot of time at the hot spas in Wotten Waven.
How is Dominica different from what it was like when you were a child?
I don’t get the same feeling of community spirit. The political division is thick and it affects all aspects of our lives. Before people find out who you are, they’re already keen to know which political party you support. I don’t remember it being that way or maybe I was naïve or just not as perceptive as a little child.
I also think we don’t pay as much attention to our immediate environment. Our development should be nature-centred, green-centred, people-centred however we seem to want massive concrete “jungle” structures as tokens of being a developing country.
We’ve been complicating our lifestyle and westernizing it, believing that is what development is.
Which is your favourite local restaurant?
My favourite local restaurant is Keepin’ It Real in Toucarie. The fish and seafood are always fresh. The ambiance is great, with the beachfront, and it’s perfect for a sunset meal and a full moon dinner. I also love Old Stone in Roseau and Romance Café in Mero
What is your favourite local food?
I love broth, pumpkin soup and pelau… in all honesty, I love food, so as long as it’s cooked with love, I’ll eat it.
Where would you recommend a must-go for first time visitors to Dominica?
There are a number of spots, Middleham Falls, any of the hot spas at Wotten Waven, Chaudiere Pool (if you can hike), Cold Soufriere and also Perdu Temps.