20 Survival Tips For Living On A Tropical Island

Island living is not all sunsets and cocktails.   You need a few survival tips to stop you fashioning a friend out of an old football and calling it “Wilson”.   These tips are not the ship wrecked survival guide but are for those of us who lived in larger countries and cities before setting up home …

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Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Aruba

A few months into living on the island of Aruba and I am still in awe of the variety of the shops here.  For a small island, there are a great assortment of stores.   When you are visiting as a tourist you are mainly concerned with where you can purchase basic groceries, rum, beer, sun …

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Another Year, Another Island

After three years in Barbados is was time to move on.  Or rather my husband’s work visa expired and he didn’t wish to renew it.   We were in the fortunate position of debating where in the world would we live since he had a few employment offers from a variety of countries.  Yes, I hate …

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How Technology Improves the Expat Life

We have now just started our third expat move and it occurred to me that the process of moving abroad is now a much easier than our first move, principally aide by technology. Our first expat experience began in 2007 when we moved to Dubai.   This was before the introduction of smart phones and Facebook …

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Island Dangers of Barbados

Behind the beautiful sunsets, beaches and glasses of rum punch lurk a few island dangers that you should be aware of in Barbados.  Although there is nothing quite on the level in nature danger as Australia there are a few things that can pose a threat to you. The Manchineel Tree This tree is believed …

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Signs to Nowhere

If you are looking to drive around the island of Barbados, make sure that you have a decent map app on your mobile phone or go old school with a paper map.   The signs to local attractions are pretty random and will point you in a general direction.  It makes me giggle on how you …

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Island Roadside Shopping

As you drive around Barbados you need to keep your purse with you as there is always a shopping opportunity!  There are many items that you can purchase on the side of the road, whether it be a small road or even along the main highway.   A lot of goods for sale are often sold …

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The Joy of Coconut Trees

Of all the trees in my garden my very favourite is my coconut tree.  There are many different varieties of coconut trees but I have two types.  One yields large green coconuts that give us coconut water and the sweet coconut jelly inside.  These are very tall, much taller than the house and seem to …

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Island Shopping is a Sport

Island shopping is not for the faint-hearted or weak. The weekly  grocery shop on an island is almost a sport and a feat of mental strength.  My husband joined me last weekend and he is still laying down in a darkened room, gently sobbing.   He didn’t even do the full circuit either! You need to …

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Hide Your Camouflage

Not that this has any impact upon my wardrobe, but one of the few banned items in Barbados is camouflage.  This is not restricted just to Barbados but also other islands in the Caribbean.  I believe that Jamaica, St Lucia and Antigua follow this too.  The wearing of any form of camouflage is illegal in …

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