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True vision (motorbike 2) Dec 22

Swing past Nelson’s harbor and you enter the major agricultural area of Antigua. Antigua is one of the larger Caribbean islands, so it can produce enough to compete globally, sometimes.

You have no doubt heard the story of the bricklayer who, asked what he was doing, answered “laying a wall” and his companion answered, “building a cathedral.” Antigua has at least one cathedral builder.

A crew of men were harvesting yams in a field north of Nelson’s harbor. This is backbreaking, hot work. A plow comes though to loosen up the soil, then the men dig through the entire row of dirt feeling for yams, and set them on top.

The guy in front turned out to be the cathedral builder.

The guy in front turned out to be the cathedral builder.

Here’s the difference between a sweet potato and a yam. The scrawny guy is a sweet potato.

They were happy to show me their wares, and amused that I wanted to take pictures of them

They were happy to show me their wares, and amused that I wanted to take pictures of them

We talked a bit about the process, and their roles. I commented that he had a tough job. His reply: “We feeding the world.” I’m sorry not to know the man’s name, but I would be proud to have him as a friend.

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