Lim­ing: What on Earth is It?

Lim­ing is one of the most pop­u­lar pas­times in the world. While many flock to the movies, fetes and par­ties, lim­ing remains an age old tra­di­tion that never goes out of style. But what exactly is lim­ing? The Urban dic­tio­nary defines it as

The con­cept of lim­ing encom­passes any leisure activ­ity entail­ing the shar­ing of food and drink, the exchange of tall sto­ries, jokes and anec­dotes etc., pro­vided the activ­ity has no explicit pur­pose beyond itself.

While this seems a per­fectly ade­quate def­i­n­i­tion, what do Bajans think lim­ing is? In this arti­cle we present var­i­ous opin­ions on what con­sti­tutes lim­ing, and some Bajans’ favorite ways to lime.

What do you think is liming/​what con­sti­tutes liming?

Lim­ing for me is just chill­ing and talk­ing with maybe a cou­ple drinks and eats. Some­place not too heavy on the music. Because from the time it hits music DJs and entry fee then it becomes a fête. Corey Corey
Corey
Lim­ing is spend­ing time with peo­ple indoors or out­doors, or enjoy­ing any activ­ity together. It is doing some­thing dif­fer­ent from the day to day rou­tine of life and it’s a stress reliever. Lisa
Kemar
I feel lim­ing con­sti­tutes a low energy, low cost envi­ron­ment with a mod­er­ate group and a relax­ing atmos­phere. Kemar
Kemar
Lim­ing for me involves just hang­ing out with friends (drinks/​food optional) and enjoy­ing each other’s com­pany in an extra relaxed envi­ron­ment, where you could let loose end talk about any­thing and not have a care in the world. Kathy
I would say lim­ing is any kind of social gath­er­ing among a small to mod­er­ate group of friends. Andrew Andrew
Andrew
Talk­ing, eat­ing, laugh­ing, being care­free, putting one’s issues aside for a while.… Try­ing to not get arrested. Rhea
Surf
I would say chill­ing in any envi­ron­ment among friends, fam­ily or any­one. Randy
Randy
What in your opin­ion is the best way to lime?

Make sure you have the 4 Fs: Food, Friends, Fun and Fer­mented bev­er­ages. Noth­ing beats a chill after­noon after work with a cou­ple of friends to have some laughs and some light food to keep every­one happy. Kemar

Depends on preference…but def­i­nitely at the beach. Randy

Bond­ing with peo­ple in a chilled envi­ron­ment. It’s not really fixed but depends on the per­son. For me it’s prob­a­bly just get­ting out of the house and doing some­thing. Lisa

Best way is for sure with a group, spon­ta­neously and on a bud­get to include per­sons who may not want to spend money. Another great way to lime is by choos­ing a dif­fer­ent lim­ing spot every time you want to chill out; that way you get to explore the coun­try you’re in more, and the limes won’t ever get bor­ing (although they shouldn’t if you have great com­pany). Kathy

Where is your favorite place to lime?

Corey says…
St. Lawrence Gap.
top-party-destinations11 It’s got the music vibe and you could just get a gap burger and stand up and talk. My favorite thing about the Gap is the free music, acces­si­ble food and drinks.

Kemar says…
A vari­ety of places.
bubbaspicture001 My picks are beach, Bub­bas, work, some­body house and out­side Chefette. Any­where, once I got those 4 Fs.

Andrew says…
Maybe the Boardwalk/​Lanterns Mall area
Boardwalk2021 I’m not sure I have a favorite place to be hon­est. But I would most likely go there cuz it’s familiar.
Randy Says…
Any beach but prefer­ably Batts Rock.
batts rock1 It’s my favorite beach. I love the view and the aura. Also, it’s the beach where I usu­ally surf.
Kathy says…
Brownes Beach
browne-s-beach-barbados-west-indies-tourists-locals-enjoying-afternoon-carlisle-bay-bridgetown-453049071 Brownes beach is in good walk­ing dis­tance of me [laughs]. It has good bath­room facil­i­ties and I like the esplanade. It’s also near town and has easy access to food and drinks. But beach is beach really.
Rhea says…
Accra or Miami Beach
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They are close to the main road, have beach chairs and bath­room facil­i­ties, and food estab­lish­ments are closeby.


While the beach was the most pop­u­lar response from those sur­veyed, it is evi­dent that lim­ing is all about indi­vid­ual pref­er­ence. Many agree that it is an activ­ity to be shared with friends, but the where and the how varies depend­ing on the indi­vid­ual. What is your favorite lim­ing spot?

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