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The France of the Caribbean

In today’s episode we go to the heart of the Caribbean archipelago. The island of Martinique. We will be accompanied as always by our guide Fabiola, a Mexican Sign Language interpreter, and before flying with the power of imagination and being able to enjoy this tour, I want to tell you that what we are looking for in this podcast, by the way, the unique in Mexico dedicated to the community that lives with any type of hearing disability, it is first of all to create a community that helps and to be able to raise funds so that people with hearing problems have the help they need. It is also a project that seeks to give you a space to learn about different stories, cultures, uses, customs, music, art and gastronomy from around the world and learn something new in each episode.

episode transcription

Hello, it is a pleasure to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson and today we fly quickly with the power of imagination and senses to an island located between Dominica and Saint Lucia, we arrive in Martinique, so breathe, give me your hand, let me guide you and we will begin! !

Martinique is part of the group of the Little Antilles or “Wind Islands”. It is bathed to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by the Caribbean Sea. We will see a landscape full of contrasts, with the Bald Mountain to the North and the more gentle to the south. Many have classified it as the France of the Caribbean since it belongs to this country, we will see authentic Creole architecture, tropical beaches in the south and abundant wildlife.

The capital is Fort-de-France which is the main gateway to the island of Martinique. Let’s go to La Savane park, the Saint Louis Cathedral, the market to enjoy very characteristic smells and flavors and feel the pulse of its people. Then we can walk to the Fort of San Luis, take the promenade, enter the Library and the Pre-Columbian Museum of Archeology and Prehistory for a while.

Trekking lovers have their own paradise in Martinique with a simple route to the La Couleuvre waterfall. There we will enjoy a stream of water more than 120 meters high.

If I tell you to think of a beach, you will surely visualize almost white sand, corals, crystal clear water and palm trees, right? Well, just like La Grande Anse des Salines, it is in my opinion the most beautiful beach in Martinique, and it truly represents the beach that we all have in mind when we think of the French Caribbean island: it is very popular, so there are You have to arrive early or better during the week to avoid crowds, you have to relax in its calm sea perfect for swimming. A more lively beach is Anse Mitan, which is the main one in Les Trois-Ilets, where we will enjoy music, bars and restaurants. In addition to many fun water activities such as diving, kayaking or jet skiing. Located in a fishing village lost in time. Full of colorful boats waiting for fishing time and giving an old touch, we visited Anse Dufour, an ideal place to snorkel and explore the seabed with numerous tropical fish and beautiful sea turtles or rent a catamaran.

Let’s walk to see Cap 110, a monument to slavery erected on the beach of Anse Caffard, in the south of the island, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, in 1998. This memorial is the work of local artist Laurent Valère and the work pays tribute to the victims of the shipwreck of a clandestine slave ship transporting 300 slaves that occurred in 1830, when the trade was already declared illegal. What do you think if we now go to the so-called habitats, especially Clement, which was founded in 1887 and is a Historical Monument of France since, as you can see, it maintains the original structures and rooms from the end of the 19th century in a perfect state of conservation? . These are the old agricultural plantations of cocoa, tobacco and especially sugar intended for the production of rum, because some of the best rums in the Caribbean are produced here. And we are going to walk through the 160 hectare botanical garden with more than 300 trees and tropical plants, visit the distillery and taste their Clement Rum obviously, cheers!

And this is how we leave this beautiful and interesting region of the planet with the desire to return. We will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you every Friday and I ask you if you like me Share the content with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY. We make a difference. And as I always tell you when helping others, we mainly help ourselves. If you want to know what the Includeme foundation does for the labor and social integration of people living with intellectual disabilities, go to the link: www. incluyeme.org and if you are moved and interested, check out how you can support this interesting project.

I discovered that in Martinique there are tourist pages where you can book private tours and if you have a hearing disability you can request that your guide speak sign language or if there is no available one, you can talk to him in advance to explain your specific needs, to talk to you face to face and slowly so that I can read his lips and understand his explanations.

I’ll tell you a little about how hearing disability is an invisible and little understood disability.

What is lost is the ability to understand oral language and be able to

communicate with the other person in that language.

There are many reasons why a person can lose their hearing, it can

lose at birth or during their life. And there are many ways to communicate when living with a hearing disability, the option of oralization with the help of technology, that is, hearing aids or the cochlear implant and the support of language therapies or the use of Mexican sign language in both options is It is extremely important to involve the entire family 100% to support each other and understand how to communicate with the person living with the disability.

It is important to emphasize that in this podcast we cover all types of hearing disabilities and that is why we have an LSM interpreter, a complete transcript of the episode on the website and subtitles on the YT channel. Well, it is so that everyone can enjoy each of the trips, which is why it also has accessible and inclusive navigation, unique in our country.

We want this project to reach many people to achieve the objective, so it is extremely important that you subscribe to the YouTube channel, activate the notification bell at https://youtube.com/@realityalternativaincluyente everything together and with lowercase letters, which Make comments on the page and share this project with all your people, the more it grows, the more we can help and that is what interests us most at RA. We have valuable information on the page with AMAOIR capsules that can help you learn more about ear care.

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I want to thank Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, our Mexican Sign Language interpreter and her entire team of collaborators, as well as a very special thank you to Mercedes Obregón, director of the Pedagogical Institute for Language Problems, IPPLIAP. Thank you for joining this project and to all of you for making it possible! Until next time.

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