Island Life……….

Second full day of sunshine and the beautiful blue and azure waters are returning in force~!

Today was a jumble of learning new things about island life…. like trying to get your mail…. had a process in place, but this is the first time I actually used it – as far as getting something sent to me. Took some doing, but finally got my first delivery – Yay~! Lesson learned – meds you would normally get in the mail, you now have to get from the customs center at the airport…… plus pay local customs tariff’s. Thankfully not terribly expensive, but those ‘cheap’ mail meds are now not quite as cheap – plus having to go all the way to the airport. Thankfully, currently being located about as far away from the airport as you can be on this island, I did find out you can have your stuff delivered – for a nominal fee of course, but absolutely worth not having to make that drive and face that trafficย  ๐Ÿ™‚

While out and about, needed to fill up the gas tank for the first time — lesson learned – be appreciative of the fact that ‘little Japanese thing’ your driving gets really good gas mileage as gasoline here is $4.38 CI — that is $ 5.48 USD per gallon….. (Imperial gallon)

Most drinks here (aside from beer) is $10 CI ($12.50 USD)….. Haven’t bought a carton of smokes yet – but ONE time when I unexpectedly ran out – I paid a mind bending $13.60 CI for 1 pack ($17.00USD) — another really good reason to give them up. I have found out, they can be found for $8.50 (USD) a pack – which is better, but jeesh…..

Drinkin’ whiskey is equally as expensive, but don’t recall specific pricing – but definitely more expensive than in the good ole U.S.A.ย  Lesson Learned: Living in a tropical paradise (at least this one) comes with quite a price tag.

Groceries in general are more expensive, but I had factored that into planning and those prices are not what I would call out of hand…. lessons learned…. but rolling with the flow and enjoying our island time….. but moving on the first week of November, in search of a less costly tropical paradise. ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰



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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

2 thoughts on “Island Life……….”

  1. Sounds like all the islanders want a part of your enjoying their way of life, Brother. Cigs are good to throw up the white flag to. Liquids – Might have to learn to moderate, some. Petro – get a bike for two. No petro and gets you in shape. Before you know it, you’ll got from the white-whaled American to the new bronzed Hulk on the beach and the new Predator of the Deep. Bottoms up, sun to your back and wind in you face. ๐Ÿ–

    1. Thankx Brother… all sound advice, but not sure we’re ready for that adjustment yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re gonna keep on keeping on for a bit and see where the trade winds blow us. A little un-nerving at times – but a hellva lot of fun — retire the second you can Brother….. you’re time on this planet is limited and you don’t want to spend all of it working~!

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