It’s all about the chocolate!

Until today, I didn’t know that Grenada made its own chocolate. I knew about all the spices but I had no idea that there were multiple chocolate manufacturers on the island. However, today we went on a tour of the island and saw not one, but two. The first chocolate factory was the Diamond Chocolate…

From Trinidad to Grenada

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and beaches are the things that first comes to mind when I think of Grenada. So I must admit I jumped at the opportunity to go to Grenada, particularly because of my connection to the Caribbean region. I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, about a 30-minute flight away from Grenada but I…

A Pinch of Nutmeg and Dash of Spice…

Reflecting on this trip, there were a lot of moments to look back on. There were challenges and triumphs, hard work and laughs, and lots of moments to learn from. There are many different things I could write about or discuss but there was one constant thing that we all on the trip realized and…

Cocoa, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Oh My!

I have never been much of a cook, but somehow I found myself returning from Grenada with cocoa, tumeric, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves. I kept putting off buying spices because I was not sure if I would ever use them. I decided on the last day that I would buy some in order…

The Cure for Graduate School Blues

Every winter around this time I start to fall into the graduate school doldrums.  I find myself lethargically moving through the motions of going to school, turning in assignments, and working. Stress becomes my constant mood and I begin to forget why I want to be in public health.  I forget what made me passionate…

A New Experience

As I sit in the airport preparing for our journey to Grenada, my mind is racing and it’s starting to sink in that in a few short hours, I’ll be in another country getting ready to do applied public health work. This coming week, I will be working with two other students with the Grenada…

On To Grenada!!

As we prepare to leave for our trip, I realize how fast the time has flown by. Already, are departure approaches and as snow falls down in thick sheets, it’s hard to imagine that in just a few days time, we will be on the island of Grenada. Working on survey development with Grenada Planned…

Exploring Drug Policy

This week, I am heading to Grenada to work with the Ministry of Education on their first National School Policy on Drugs. While there my partner Rachel and I will be editing the policy, interviewing students and school administrators about the policy, and presenting to school officials on the public health significance of alcohol and…