Tranquility in the Bahamas
"I sit on my sun-drenched balcony listening to the sound of the gently rolling waves of the ocean a mere 40 yards from my front door. The 80-degree weather is absolute perfection--a refreshing change from the subzero weather in my Boston habitat. The breeze gently waves the palm trees in a cheery Bahamian welcome..."
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- Population: 319,031
- Capital City: Nassau
- Climate: Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
- Time Zone: EST (GMT-5)
- Language: English (Official)
- Country Code: +1
The spread of the British Empire through trade, colonization, and conquest brought the English language to far-flung corners of the globe. But even as that empire declined and shrank, the language was left behind. And with English becoming the language of business and diplomacy, that influence is in no danger of going away.
IL’s staff writers have been traveling and scouting the world on your behalf for years. To celebrate our 30th birthday issue this month, we asked them to tell us about their most memorable travel experiences.
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