Today I received a call from a bookseller at New York's excellent McNally Jackson Bookstore with the exciting message that the third edition of the Rough Guide to the Caribbean was finally in stock. I'd been waiting for this call for weeks. I happened to be nearby and walked over to pick up my reserved copy.
I spent most of February in the Caribbean updating two chapters of the guide: the Montserrat chapter and the Guadeloupe and Martinique sections of the French West Indies chapter. It's exciting to be able to hold the book, and to see some of my new discoveries in print.
While I was on the subway reading through the guide, I noticed that half the car had been turned over to the current Aruba tourism campaign, which centers around the personality-driven tagline "90,000 Friends You Haven't Met Yet." The campaign features photographs of a number of Arubans. I looked up only to see an eye-level photo of Eddy Croes, an Aruban nature tour guide. Two years ago, I had the great experience of joining Eddy on an informative Aruba Nature Sensitive Hikers tour of the island.