As a follow up to Saint Lucia part 1, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to my day trip into the capital city of Castries. In an attempt to explore the island and photograph the locals, we travelled roughly 15 minutes by bus to Castries from our resort and spent a couple of hours walking around. There were the obvious overpriced tourist markets and shops but walking towards the centre of the city lead us into an area that was rich with life and showed a city that was flourishing, despite its rugged infrastructure. It was interesting to see the locals playing dominos during the afternoon on a Thursday and exciting to see some of the school girls as they appeared to be on break - laughing and dancing, while waving to us from the balcony.
We passed by an incredible church that was in session and it was clear that religion was prevalent in Saint Lucia. I noticed a man outside the church who was reading a book, with a pair of crutches next to him - he was missing a leg. I gave him USD$1 and took his photograph. No matter how often I've been fortunate enough to visit places in the world that are different than where I was raised, I can't help but wonder what more can be done to help the people and their overall security. Life is very different, but the people don't seem to complain. With that being said, I think it's a lesson for all of us to appreciate what we have and focus our energy on helping others who are not as fortunate. As Buddha once said, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Naturally, I think this applies to everything we can do for ourselves and others as human beings.