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December 22, 2015 12:57 am  

Found this blog when researching the islands. It is not STT, STX, STJ specific, it is written by many, many women who live on various islands (most of which appear to be in the Caribbean) And there have been a handful from STT, STX, STJ. The stories are great to learn from and although they often discuss the pitfalls of island living, I have yet to find any real negativity in the posts or comments. Thought you all or anyone looking to live on an island might want to check it out if you don't know about it already. Looks like they are always looking for new female, island living bloggers if any of you are interested.

http://womenwholiveonrocks.com/where-to-start/


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December 22, 2015 10:53 am  

been following them for some time now


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December 22, 2015 11:10 am  

It's a popular and well-read blog.


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December 22, 2015 11:56 am  

I've been following it for quite some time. It's definitely an eye-opener for anyone considering moving here. And a good place to get your sense of humor back on track when island living gets you down.


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December 22, 2015 3:02 pm  

Miss Scrooge doesn't like it. Started reading the post "Island Christmas" by Bethany Perry. Wherever she is, the Christmas she's describing is not how Christmas is celebrated on St Thomas. One glaring difference is the tradition of fireworks wherever Bethany is. Fireworks are illegal in the VI, as OldTart mentioned to a poster on this thread, and references to "islands" gives people the impression that all island living is the same.


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December 22, 2015 3:06 pm  

The selling of fireworks is illegal here. Obviously firework displays aren't uncommon here but they're put on by qualified pyrotechnic experts. I haven't read that story so can't comment on it. No doubt people do smuggle them in ...


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December 22, 2015 3:13 pm  

Fireworks are illegal in the VI

Come down to Frederiksted on July 4! LOL.

I agree, though, that the blog, like this one, is mostly not representative of the typical VI experience.


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December 22, 2015 3:26 pm  

I agree, though, that the blog, like this one, is mostly not representative of the typical VI experience.

I don't see where Ms411 opined that the blog is, "mostly not representative of the typical VI experience". Everybody's perception of everything differs which is something you seem unable to understand or tolerate based on your constant negative remarks.


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December 22, 2015 3:37 pm  

Miss Scrooge doesn't like it. Started reading the post "Island Christmas" by Bethany Perry. Wherever she is,

About Bethany Perry

Bethany is a relatively new island girl, having transplanted her life only 6 months ago. Though she originally hails from North Carolina, she’s a traveler at heart, having spent most of her adult life in other states and countries. She recently met and married the love of her life, who happens to be a native Bahamian. She’s loving her new life as an islander and is learning to laugh at the quirks and oddities that make Spanish Wells unique.

CURRENT ROCK OF RESIDENCE: Russell Island, Bahamas

ISLAND GIRL SINCE: June 2015

ORIGINALLY HAILS FROM: North Carolina

the Christmas she's describing is not how Christmas is celebrated on St Thomas. One glaring difference is the tradition of fireworks wherever Bethany is. Fireworks are illegal in the VI, as OldTart mentioned to a poster on this thread, and references to "islands" gives people the impression that all island living is the same.


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December 22, 2015 4:12 pm  

I quite enjoy them. It's representative of women, unaccustomed to living on islands, their learning curve, adaptations and coping mechanisms. I like people figuring out how to live with lizards, spiders, the occasional iguana or land crab that comes to visit and freaks them out in the beginning stages of life on an island or learning how to best get something done. All these women live on different islands in the Caribbean (mostly) and provide their perspectives on the various situations they encounter. Very tongue in cheek and some are outright funny for someone, like me, that grew up on an island.


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December 22, 2015 6:06 pm  

I myself did not get the impression that all island living is the same. I think the blog shows that there are many similarities between life on the different islands but it is evident that they are from many different islands and I have found myself looking at the author's bio every time I read something that seems "different" to see where that author lives. When people respond in the comment section you often get the view point of someone from another island which sometimes is agreement, someone from another island relating to the post, and sometimes is a story about how things are different on their island. Example: Women from many different islands have discussed the high cost of food but women on some islands have talked about the abundance of cheaper fresh local produce while some have said that is not available to them. I love reading what is "normal" on the different islands.

While it may not be a complete picture of island living taking each post individually, each of these stories are real and together, along with the comment section, it paints a pretty good picture of the different possible experiences. Anyway, it's entertaining and makes me think of the many things that are different about Florida from the rest of the country and how people in other parts of the country "complain" about aspects of my life that I just see as normal.

Miss Scrooge doesn't like it. Started reading the post "Island Christmas" by Bethany Perry. Wherever she is, the Christmas she's describing is not how Christmas is celebrated on St Thomas. One glaring difference is the tradition of fireworks wherever Bethany is. Fireworks are illegal in the VI, as OldTart mentioned to a poster on this thread, and references to "islands" gives people the impression that all island living is the same.


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December 22, 2015 7:11 pm  

That blog doesn't appeal to me, so I'm not going to spend any time on it. I've looked at it before, and only looked today to see if it had changed. It hasn't.


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December 22, 2015 7:31 pm  

That blog doesn't appeal to me, so I'm not going to spend any time on it. I've looked at it before, and only looked today to see if it had changed. It hasn't.

Well that sure is a life changer for me.


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December 23, 2015 4:21 am  

Well really I thought I would post it on the relocation board in case anyone who was thinking of relocating wanted to look at it as another reference. Also, some of these women have their own blogs to link to and facebook pages etc. The more info the better.


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December 23, 2015 9:43 am  

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December 23, 2015 12:00 pm  

I understand your intent, and I'm sure some people appreciate it. I just don't think it's a "great blog".


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December 23, 2015 12:18 pm  

I understand your intent, and I'm sure some people appreciate it. I just don't think it's a "great blog".

Oh for Christmas' sake if nothing else, lighten up girl! So you don't like it and don't want to read it - nobody's losing any sleep over your reading preference. What a pistarckle! 😀


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December 23, 2015 12:31 pm  

I understand your intent, and I'm sure some people appreciate it. I just don't think it's a "great blog".

Oh for Christmas' sake if nothing else, lighten up girl! So you don't like it and don't want to read it - nobody's losing any sleep over your reading preference. What a pistarckle! 😀

Well, if nothing else, this thread has been constructive in that I just learned a new word. I have added "pistarkle" to my personal lexicon. Thank you for that.

And seriously, I think it's a great blog and it has helped me a bit. Some people think otherwise, and that's OK too. But no need to harp on it. As my Mom always used to say, "that's why they make chocolate and vanilla".


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December 23, 2015 2:28 pm  

Well, if nothing else, this thread has been constructive in that I just learned a new word. I have added "pistarkle" to my personal lexicon. Thank you for that.

Phonetically, "pistarckle" is a beautiful word. Nicely balanced transition from vowels to consonants makes it sound like fireworks, which is exactly what it intents to communicate: a spectacle, a show.


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December 23, 2015 3:16 pm  

Second thought, which occurred to me after I compared "pistarckle" with "spectacle" -- maybe the former is the the linguistic creolization of the latter.


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December 23, 2015 6:15 pm  

" ... a great confusion is called a "pistarckle." The word probably comes from spetakel, a Danish word with the same meaning."


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December 23, 2015 6:17 pm  

Second thought, which occurred to me after I compared "pistarckle" with "spectacle" -- maybe the former is the the linguistic creolization of the latter.

It seems you are correct. A quick search shows it's a Dutch Creole word meaning spectacle, boisterous performance, noise or din. I see there are three spellings, too.


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