My PMV Journal
Great journal - no litter??
Day 6 - Sunday
Got to swim at two beaches and do a bit of basic shopping.
Lindbergh Bay Beach: immediately south of the Airport. Quiet. Park just a few meters from beach. Join local families. http://www.threebestbeaches.com/centralamcarib/usvi/2006/05/
Brewer's Bay Beach. On UVI grounds. Park on roadway, a few meters from the beach. Local families. Soft sand to the low-tide line. Then a band of stones.
K-Mart: Lockhart Gardens. Has just about everything.
I hear much more Spanish than I had expected.
Trying to manage my sun exposure. So far, no burn.
Short rains followed by brilliant sunshine.
Looks like my total required wardrobe could consist of 2 each of T-shirts, shorts, socks, and swim suits; one pair each of sandals and walking shorts; and one hat.
Day 7 - Monday
After a rather windy morning with occasional rain, I visited Bolongo Bay, where my 1st and 2nd condo choices are located. Iggy's restaurant was closed for a private party, but the Lobster Grille was open. I had a good grilled fish sandwich. But restaurants are definitely out of my regular routine. I can have 3 meals at home for the price of one restaurant meal.
Well, it's been a week. Enough time to make a decision? Yes! This move is right for me.
Of course, it all depends on one's point of view, where one is coming from.
For me, this is a completely different lifestyle: No pressure. No meetings. No obligations. No timelines. No neckties. If I don't get to the beach today, there is always tomorrow.
Litter? I come from a place where people drop their trash as they walk along the sidewalk and throw trash from their cars.
Traffic? I come from a place where no driver ever stops for a pedestrian in a cross-walk, where one is only slightly safer on the sidewalk.
Shopping? K-Mart has Ritz and Saltines. Haven't seen them for years.
Telephone? I can make toll-free and collect calls.
I expect at some point to encounter something negative. It just hasn't happened yet.
Day 8 - Tuesday
Drove up to Coki. They say the snorkeling is good. A bit too busy, with Coral World traffic.
Dockside Bookshop at Havensight Mall has a very nice selection of Caribbean literature, including collections of poetry by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.
It is indeed a more simple life than I have known for many years. The beauty of the land is enough extravagance.
When I arrived in the Caucasus six years ago, I had the feeling that it would be a place of inspiration. It inspired Pushkin and Lermantov, and it inspired me to write several collections of poetry.
I have the same feeling here. Mountains and beaches, skies and seas, and the people. They have inspired painters and musicians through the years. They are inspiring me.
Day 9 - Wednesday
Beautiful, sunny day.
All before noon:
Drove to Bolongo Bay, Red Hook, Sapphire Bay West, re-visiting potential home areas.
Dropped in at Tutu Mall.
Filled my Toyota Yaris tank. $23.
Broke out my new snorkel gear. U.S. Divers. All-in-one kit from K-Mart.
Swam and snorkeled at Brewer's Bay. Not great for snorkeling, but very nice beach.
Goldilocks water temp. Clear as crystal.
A few brown fish, 6" to 8"; the blend well with the vegetation.
Thousands of tiny nearly transparent young fish.
Pelicans diving into the water - I'm guessing for the brown guys.
Mask was a perfect fit.
Back to the Green Iguana and a fresh water shower.
Started reading _The Bounty_by Derek Walcott
And the day is still young! What a place!
Day 10 - Thursday
My real estate agent said one day would be all I needed to see the available condos meeting my requirements: Quiet, Beach, View.
After reading posts on this board, I added Safe. Turns out that most of the units are gated.
We looked at about a dozen that met my criteria. All but 2-3 would be great.
But for me a PMV is not only about real estate. I wanted to see and experience more of island life - pluses and minuses.
I've walked and driven, shopped, visited government offices and beaches, and talked with lots of local people - the kinds of things I expect I'll do when I move.
In short, if you are considering relocation, come and do the ordinary things, the things you might do after you make your move.
Edward, this was a delightful read and reminded me of my first few weeks on St. Croix. And almost four years later, I haven't lost the initial love for this island. I still find so many of the people delightful and willing to help when you need it. I still love going to the beach, I still love the simple, pared down, way less stress lifestyle. So, thanks for this journal, it was very sweet. Let us know what happens! 🙂
I will be there next week with a couple of friends to go diving. Maybe we can all meet at Norma's for lunch. One of my friends will be there a week and the other two weeks.
Annie will be coming March 11th. She's staying home three extra weeks working, but says she won't send me money:S
We will be there until the 27th of March.
After 2 weeks in STT, I traveled to Florida. Someone told me Sarasota might be the best choice for me.
From what I have seen, Florida is too crowded and too flat. Air temperature is cold, even in Miami. No one is in the water; it's too cold.
Sarasota has a ballet, opera, and symphony, but they aren't enough.
All in all, VI is well ahead in my choice for a retirement home.
We are moving to the islands in the summer. We moved from the Sarasota area last Feb. There really is a lot to do all around Florida, we had something to do every weekend. If you'll be in FL for a bit I can tell you some really neat places to go. Its a better place to retire than try and raise a family there, the economy got hit hard there over the past few years and drove us out, my husband is a custom home builder, no one was building. We have been to the islands a lot and have decided thats were we want to live and raise our family.Good luck to you, I have been reading your post since you started. I admire your outlook.