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A Big Thank You to the VI Locals!!

 
Petra
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I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude to all of the people on this forum for the valuable advice and thank you for not sugar coating your replies, telling me what I wanted to hear. Surfing this forum has been a great help to prepare me for what I needed to do to get my family here and your posts have avoided several headaches along the way.

I am here…. yet still a newbie, green and lost. 🙂 But enjoying every minute of it so far!

PS…If you are planning a move, the best advice I can give is 1) Start researching and preparing as far in advance as possible. Trust me that move date creeps up very fast. 2) Save as much as you can and cut corners…."stuff" is just stuff. Let go. 3) Ask specific questions here and you will get some great advice that will guide you. AND 4) Roll with the punches!!!!

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Topic starter Posted : November 18, 2014 8:38 pm
Spartygrad95
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Welcome. Good advice. I did the same almost 4 months ago now. There are many helpful people here whom I owe a debt of gratitude to as well

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Posted : November 18, 2014 8:54 pm
Alana33
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You're both very welcome.
May all your dreams come true and the realities not difficult to deal with. You're gonna love winter in the tropics!

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Posted : November 18, 2014 9:15 pm
Spartygrad95
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You're both very welcome.
May all your dreams come true and the realities not difficult to deal with. You're gonna love winter in the tropics!

I loved summer in the tropics. Most importantly my wife and son love it here. Poor baby only averages 5 beach days a week

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Posted : November 18, 2014 9:27 pm
Rowdy802
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A breath of fresh air to read a thank you on this boards... 🙂

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Posted : November 18, 2014 10:20 pm
Novanut
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Congrats on your decision! Enjoy all that paradise has to offer!!!

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Posted : November 19, 2014 1:02 am
East Ender
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Welcome! And don't fade into the sunset. Let us hear how things are going as you settle in.

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Posted : November 19, 2014 10:26 am
speee1dy
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i am glad you followed your dream and hope you continue to love it here always.

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Posted : November 19, 2014 10:49 am
vicanuck
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And someone on another thread wants Islander to move all the interesting discussion to the Coconut thread. SMH.

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Posted : November 19, 2014 11:12 am
Petra
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Welcome! And don't fade into the sunset. Let us hear how things are going as you settle in.

We are doing great so far. I started training for a new job yesterday at my #1 pick for restaurants. I am awaiting another interview for a second job I would really like in the tourism industry, hoping to work both and make as much $$$ as possible during the high season (if it isn't a conflict with both employers). Another potential job opportunity popped up yesterday evening that I was looking for during the research phase and it is in management. With these opportunities taking shape, I finally saw a beach yesterday to celebrate. 🙂

We both like my mom's new oncologist, Dr. Hobdy, at VI Oncology and Hematology. Getting her set up here healthcare wise has been a good experience so far as well, however, it is still in the works. We are renting month to month as of now and will hopefully settle into a place next month since we know what area I could be working. We enjoy the place we are staying now very much. After we find a little spot to settle into over the holidays, then I will work on the island car. I usually safari, taxi, or walk miles a day (trying to burn off all the new great food I've been trying).

I was feeling a little deflated before I got calls for interviews and went for lunch only to see the Ohio State football game with snow and everyone freezing their a$$ off so I went by the water in town and suddenly felt better and focused again. Lol. We are looking forward to a memorable holiday season here and can't wait for Old Year's Night and eventually Easter to go to church on the beach.

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Topic starter Posted : November 19, 2014 2:06 pm
Alana33
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STYC - St. Thomas Yacht Club has services on the beach for Easter.
Glad you're settling in so nicely. Just remember, even if you have a lousy day (and we all do, from time to time), you're doing so in a absolutely beautiful surroundings, so take a deep breathe and enjoy the views!;-)

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Posted : November 19, 2014 5:15 pm
fdr
 fdr
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Hey Petra, give us an update now that you've been here a few months. How's it going, what's better/worse than you expected, what tips do you have for the next crop of movers? Hope all is good!

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Posted : February 10, 2015 9:03 pm
ms411
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I have also wondered what happened to Petra. Is she all take and no give???

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Posted : February 10, 2015 11:08 pm
Alana33
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Probably busy working 2-3 jobs.
Hope she'll chime in on how things are going for her!:-)

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Posted : February 10, 2015 11:16 pm
rnblade
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I have to agree been here a month now and this board and the local advices is invaluable. Thanks to all that contribute. Life couldn't be better as far as I'm concerned.

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Posted : February 11, 2015 1:44 pm
soccerrprp
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Great to hear success stories. Please continue to share your transition to the VI!

Thank you!

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Posted : February 20, 2015 12:08 pm
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