The winner of the 14th annual Conde Nast
Traveler Essay Contest, which drew entries from children between 8
and 12 years old throughout the Caribbean region, was announced at
the recent Caribbean Tourism Conference on Grand Bahama Island.
Joseph Archibald-Bowers, a 9-year-old from the British
Virgin Islands, won a $2,000 scholarship for his essay. Entrants
were asked to play the role of a journalist with Conde Nast
Traveler magazine and write a story about their
Runners-up Jasherel Wielzen of Suriname and Joshua Tuson of
Grenada each won a $500 scholarship.
Archibald-Bowers' essay follows:
Here at CNT we are always eager to satisfy
our readers and keep them up to date about foreign
I am Joey
Archibald-Bowers reporting from the beautiful island of Tortola in
the British Virgin Islands. As our motto is "Truth in Travel," it
is my pleasure to take you beneath the surface to show you more
than just usual tourist spots.
I like my stomach
so we shall begin with a hot spot for food. Midtown Restaurant in
the middle of Road Town is the best place for a juicy hamburger
with everything on it with a big plate of french fries. I know
you've had hamburgers where you've come from, but I'm telling you,
Gloria, the owner, has a secret ingredient that gives her
hamburgers a Tortolan twist.
You can enjoy
your hamburgers with a refreshing drink of tamarind, soursop, guava
or passion fruit juice, all freshly made local drinks.
After a filling
meal, we visit the Jewelry Box on Main Street, owned by Tracy and
Cromwell Smith. They can design made-to-order jewelry pieces,
living up to their motto "the status is not the price but the
jewelry." They make lovely designs, and their specialty is sterling
After we have
filled our stomachs and our goody bags with gifts to take back to
family and friends, we hit the beach at Long Bay Beef Island. This
beach is unique because it's right next to the airport but far away
from beach vendors, restaurants and beach toys.
can view airplanes overhead. They might have the beach to
themselves or even see a whale, depending on the time of year. Pack
a picnic basket with your favorite goodies, lots of water, a beach
towel and some suntan lotion and you will have a great day in
Another stop that
you might consider is at the Legislative Council while it is in
session. This a great opportunity for visitors to see and how hear
how laws are made and problems solved in the B.V.I.
Here you will be
able to see up close the chief minister of the territory and the
first female speaker of the house.
One last stop I
would recommend is a visit to the studio of Joseph Hodge, a famous
local painter. He really paints beautiful pictures. His paintings
are bright and colorful.
You can learn a
lot about the B.V.I from his paintings. Things that I never knew
about living in small villages, traveling by horse and donkey and
ladies wearing broad straw hats all seem new to me. Mr. Hodge can
really tell a story with his paintings.
Wow! What a trip!
Food, shopping, sunbathing, famous local people and stories with
paintings. A trip you will enjoy, and that's just one of the many
islands of the British Virgin Islands.