The Adventures Of This Bahamian Gyal: My Trek Through Downtown Nassau

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Rashad Cash and Rogan Smith

Nassau is hands down one of the coolest cities in the world. Don’t debate me on this.

I’m an island girl to the core and while my city may not be the biggest in the world, it’s certainly big in character. There’s really nowhere on earth quite like it.

I once heard a politician say that the beauty of being downtown is that you can’t stand on a corner for more than 10 minutes without running into someone you know. He was so right.

It’s not often that I get to trek through my beautiful city. But, this week, my brother, Rashad and I decided to do just that. It was actually accidental. We were doing some business in the heart of the city and after we were finished, we decided to take in the sights – something we rarely get to do.

Anyone who has been here knows that Nassau is a colourful city. Not only are our buildings colourful, but our people and the way that we speak is also colourful. There’s no such thing as a simple conversation with us. Our accents are lively and quite humorous.

Our First Stop – Pompey Square

So, Rashad and I didn’t have a game plan, we just went where the wind took us.

Our first stop was Pompey Square, one of the most iconic landmarks in the country. The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation sits on the site and pays homage to Pompey, a famous slave who led a slave revolt on the island of Exuma.

What I most remember about our time outside of Pompey Museum was the overzealous security guard who ran outside the museum to tell me to get my foot off of the wall. I literally was posing for a photo and he pulled up on me to tell me to put my foot down. Talk about foot patrol.

The wall in question and the foot in question.  
Here I am on the museum’s stairs. I can put my feet anywhere. Take that, security guard.

Well, all of that walking sure makes a girl thirsty. So, Shaddy and I decided to stop for a quick drink at an Irish pub called Shenanigans.

Unfortunately, I can’t vouch for the food or drinks because we didn’t make it inside. I was too hungover from just looking at the Guinness beer on the wall.

Here’s Rashad spoiling the photo once again. Why is he blocking the word Shenanigans?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a man who can clearly handle his alcohol.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a woman who clearly cannot. Get this girl a taxi.

A Pop Of Colour

One of the things I love about Nassau is how colourful the arcades are.

Look at this fool. He knows damned well he can’t afford those sunglasses.
It’s Better in The Bahamas.

What’s With These Signs?

Where is the “e” at the end of ‘Welcome’? Please note, they serve grouper finger not grouper fingers. So, don’t complain when you get one piece of fish. You’ve been warned.
That word, kiddies, is supposed to be Cuban. Many Bahamians still pronounce Cuban as ‘Cube-bee-yin’.

That’s A Whole Lotta Ass

I couldn’t resist picking up this license plate while in a store downtown. In my family, I’d definitely be the smartass or the wise ass. Which one do you think Rashad would be?

Here I am trying to figure out which one I am.
Back that ass up. The Ass Family: Wise, Smart, Lazy, Kiss, Dumb, Jack. Yup, that about covers it.
Posing with a pirate. At least, I think he’s a pirate. Nassau was overrun with pirates back in the day and was once regarded as a Pirate’s Republic. 
Stopping for a quick bite at Smuggler’s Restaurant next to the Pirates of Nassau museum. Get the spinach dip, you’ll love it.

So Much To See

There’s so much more to do and see in Nassau. I can’t wait for my next jaunt downtown. I’ll be sure to show you all of the cute little spots that you’ve got to visit.

That’s all folks!

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8 Replies to “The Adventures Of This Bahamian Gyal: My Trek Through Downtown Nassau”

  1. 1- this is not her brother
    2- this is not her brother…maybe?!
    3- okay, so this might be her brother?!??
    A rare treat to hang out with my big (little) sister, and an amazing day it was, even with the foot patrol security at our heels lol.

    PSSS….in the glasses comment, (in Yoda’s voice) the hate is STRONG in you young Hatewalker! Lol. Great post and article, keep up the great work, sis.

    1. Oh, there are a lot of things to do and see downtown. It’s not huge…but it’s very interesting. You should take a horse and carriage ride while you are here.

  2. Hi there. I’m in the midwest right now so seeing the warm and sunny Bahamas made my day. Haven’t been there in ages. You have a healthy sense of humor. Love that! So happy I discovered this blog. Your captions are funny. Could you recommend some cool restaurants in the downtown area and a list of things to do? Thanks!!

    1. Awww…thanks so much, Katie. Try to stay warm. Glad I could warm you up with the photos. Thanks for the suggestion. I will recommend some nice spots that I love to hit up. Stay tuned!

  3. Love the look and feel of Downtown. Let us know what the food tastes like and the service as well….I would like to experience more of the cool things to do as well…thanks for the intro. Makes me wanting to see more!!!!!!

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