WE DID IT! BYE BYE JERSEY, HELLO TORTOLA!
Sorry for the break in contact, we’ve been drowning in suitcases and sunshine. We made it! On Tuesday 21st February I took my first steps onto the sand of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It’s crazy to think that it’s our new home. It felt weird enough packing up all of our winter clothes but now we’re here living in shorts and flip flops, it almost feels ridiculous. I wake up and have to bathe myself in Factor 50. From the minute we stepped off the plane we knew we were in for a whole new life. It was around 11pm and we needed a taxi big enough for us and our 7 suitcases so we ended up on a school bus, complete with singing driver. Everyone is so incredibly friendly and warm here and to be honest, no matter how far you’ve travelled or how tired you are… blaring Bob Marley at midnight on a bumpy yellow school bus is enough to make anyone feel alive #magicschoolbus
Our first house is in a glittering place called Cane Garden Bay. An adorable pink little number with a wrap around garden full of palm trees. Looking out of our house window is like staring at a postcard. We have a garden right on the beach and if you walk out our garden gate and take exactly 6 steps (I counted) you’ll find yourself in the ocean.
So many people keep asking me whether Christian and I were taking the dog with us. For anyone that knows me, they’ll know that there was never a chance we’d leave him behind. He flew out the day after via the amazing ‘Pet Air’. Thank you Hayley Tapping and all the Pet Air team for making it all such a smooth transition. I was astounded to find that Floyd had slept the ENTIRE journey. No pee, no poop and no sick. I’ve never seen him look so happy as he did when we went to pick him up from the airport, asleep in his little wooden crate. In fact I’m starting to think that Floyd might have actually been designed for Caribbean living. He is absolutely in his element here and spends his time either in the garden with his ball, riding the waves or belly up on the patio (not his best angle).
Christian and I are the biggest seafood fans and so far that’s all we’ve really eaten. We agreed that when we got here, we wanted to learn how to cook differently and adapt to the local ingredients and we’ve had an amazing time experimenting. So, definitely watch the blog for upcoming Caribbean recipes. Just to make things even more complicated for myself, I’m gluten free so it’s been an additional challenge to find things I can eat but I have a feeling you’ll be pleasantly surprised and impressed with our creations.
I’m pretty dang happy here! Prior to the move we got warnings about certain things and now having been here (so far) I’m glad to say I think some people might be a little prone to exaggeration. You see, I’ve been almost waiting to lift the covers at night to find a snuggling tarantula in the sheets. Nothing, zilch! So I’m delighted to inform you that I’ve yet to experience an introduction to such creepers (yet). All the while I’ve been busy spider hunting, I don’t remember anyone mentioning the gecko situation. Lizards everywhere! In fact, I’ve befriended one called Lionel, he’s missing a tail so hangs around a lot (see below photo). Not to put anyone off here but we did have our first encounter with a *shudder* cockroach! NOBODY MENTIONED THOSE TO ME! It was the size of a…. (I want to say cat but that’s a little over the top)….the size of a wine cork. It could of been bigger up close but that was just my view from on top of the chair as Christian chased it around with one of MY Skechers. I’ll be honest, I was expecting myself to be much cooler, calmer and collected in that kind of situation, however I totally lost my s**t! I’ll do better next time.
Anywho, I’ll be writing about all of our adventures soon but I just wanted to write a little post to say we’re here, we’re alive and it’s ruddy awesome 🙂 . No wifi in our new abode yet, so there will be sprinkled posts until it’s all sorted. It’s actually so refreshing how living somewhere like this makes you almost forget technology. I’ve been here just over a week and only charged my phone once. It’s almost like owning a Nokia 3310 all over again, the good old days. Watch this space for more Caribbean adventures 🙂
We’ll moving into our long term home next month, Nanny Cay here we come…