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WillsSweetPea
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February 17, 2012 8:30 pm  

Good Afternoon, My Husband & I are considering relocating to the islands. St. Thomas is where we'd be located because of employment. We also have a young, 2 year old grand-daughter whom we are in the process of adopting. We plan to make a trip to make sure that Island Living is for us, however, it seems that everything is on the fast lane as the company wishing to hire my husband needs him as quick as possible.

My questions that I have are what areas of St. Thomas is reasonably priced for rentals, I would like an unfinished rental, however, I've noticed that most are furnished. I would prefer a house or a duplex instead of condo rentals. I'm new with all of this as I've only been researching for a couple of days.

What abbreviation do you Islanders use for St. Thomas? Do you have Pre-Schools ran by the Churches as my grand-daughter is currently in a local christian ran pre-school? I have lots of questions that probably sound stupid I've read a lot but still need to keep reading. What is a cistern? Are all homes plumbed?

I've read on shipping a vehicle, glad I did, we were going to go buy a new one, now I think we will just ship the vehicles we currently have as they are very reliable vehicles. Will my Honda Element hold up to the terrain over there? It's two wheel drive. I love the vehicle because it gets great gas mileage. The other vehicle we would be shipping would be the GMC Yukon, any thoughts or concerns I may need to have on this?

More than likely, my husband will come ahead of me, I will have to stay back to get the adoption with the grand-baby final. However, we will be making a trip to the Islands together first to sum up everything. What are your suggestions with the Pre-Move Visit?

During the winter months here in Virginia Beach our daylight hours are shorter & during the summer months our daylight hours are much longer... I read somewhere on this board that it is only usually daylight between 6 am til 7 pm. Is this year round?

I can tell by reading on this msg. board that I probably will not be sending the grand-baby to the public school so I will have to research the alternatives on this. I do have some time on that though. Thank God. I'm looking forward to coming down & seeing the area, the culture & meeting Islanders.


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WillsSweetPea
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February 22, 2012 12:12 am  

I totally agree 🙂


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East Ender
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February 22, 2012 12:39 am  

Did you mean you "toadally" agree??;)


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WillsSweetPea
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February 22, 2012 1:18 am  

lol


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blu4u
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February 22, 2012 2:06 am  

Like I said, the Nay sayers and haters are usually my regular readers. I have lots of them 🙂 Anytime you write an opinion blog you're bound to have people disagree.

S.W. I like your blog. I wish you had some more advertisers or mentioned more of the community events. Truhfuly I didn't pay much attention to your blog until the little Perez girl was murdered. When all the other travel sites ("trip advisor" and "cruise critic") automatically deleted all discussion of the horrible event, your blog allowed a forum for public comment. A very brave act for someone whose lively hood depends upon tourist based advertising. Some of the same folks who bash your blog, sugar coat the VI and mislead tourist just to make a buck. Stand tall my friend.


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Iris Tramm
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February 22, 2012 7:51 pm  

Eastender when you make statements like I have an agenda they are hater statements. Everyone that knows me knows I don't care what people think. You say that and hide behind your fake name, I don't. I'm open, honest and transparent. maybe you should have re-worded the statement to read I don't always agree with Mr. Kahuna's opinions. I have no agenda except to write about my experiences living here in STT. Find a story I told an untruth in....you won't.

Like I said, the Nay sayers and haters are usually my regular readers. I have lots of them 🙂 Anytime you write an opinion blog you're bound to have people disagree.

People say I'm a "hater" too. Let's form a club. I call it "reality". PM me your blog.


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WillsSweetPea
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February 23, 2012 3:58 am  

Good Afternoon, Well I received my Settler's Handbook, papers & map today. I've tried to read & enjoy as much as possible. Love the map, I almost didn't buy it, but boy I'm so glad I did, very helpful to say the least.


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polemicturtle
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June 15, 2013 5:40 am  

Hi all. Are these cisterns using first flush diversion?


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Linda J
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June 15, 2013 9:27 am  

This is a term I havne't heard regarding cisterns. Are you confusing cisiterns and septic tanks?


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June 15, 2013 12:22 pm  

We have looked into having "first flush" and have gone so far as to purchase the separate tank but never got around to installing.

Pia


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polemicturtle
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June 16, 2013 4:14 am  

LOL! No. A first flush diversion system is simply a contraption in a rain catchment system that diverts an initial portion of water away from your holding tank.

The concept being that the first bit of rain is going to wash a bunch of crap off your room, that you don't want going into your collection system.

I have seen commercial ones that hook up inline with a down spout and DIY versions rigged with 2 litre bottles that feed rain barrels and giant holding tanks. I figure a cistern is a giant rain barrel so i figured I'd ask.


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Linda J
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June 16, 2013 8:10 am  

Thank you, now I understand.


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Tolie
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June 23, 2013 5:27 am  

Good Evening!

Please please please do a Pre-move visit first before up and moving here. Its NOTHING like the states, and it's not for everybody. The majority of people that move her end up moving back within 3 months. I love it here, and so do many, but its a completely different lifestyle and world. Some don't understand the adjustments and what they will miss until they are stuck here.

Everything is very pricey, the only full-on houses you will find will be in high-crime areas, better to stick to a gated community and enjoy the pools on-site, and beaches are everywhere. Yes, the crime here is some of the highest in the country, and its everywhere. "Mind your surroundings and don't go looking for drugs in a back alley and you will be fine," works a lot of the time, but sometimes its unavoidable.

The driving here is very dangerous, for some reason nobody stays in their lane (almost all roads are only 2 lanes), and accidents happen all the time. The roads are steep and windy and people cut corners around bends all the time and end up in your lane. Its crazy, i've already crashed 2 cars in 8 months having a giant taxi van both times run me into a tree on the wrong side of the road.

If you move here, get used to watching how much water you use, paying over $2k for a 2 BD, and almost $5 a gallon for gas. If you want to use the AC expect your electric bill to be $400-$600 a month. Groceries are usually about double, although you can usually get to pueblo and save some bucks. We don't use a list anymore, and go to 4 different stores to get most of what we want, to make it affordable. Mosquitos are tough, I got Dengue fever from one on the east end, that was miserable, and they can get very annoying at times.

Things take a lot of time here, sometimes all day to do things that used to take you an hour at home. Certain things you are used to at home don't exist here, and you might get rock fever. It's really a whole different place, it feels like a completely different country most of the time, especially with driving on the left, and having a drinking age of 18. Just some things to think about. There are amazing things to see here, but most just visit, its something else to live it. Visit us first and live like a local for a couple weeks and try it out.

Good Luck!


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Alana33
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June 23, 2013 1:48 pm  

Pueblo may be good for some things but I find their prices much higher than other places on so many other things.
It pays to shop around and that means going to 3-4 grocery stores, at least.

I have made many friends over the many years I have lived here, some fell in love with the islands on vacation and wanted to live in "paradise" then found after a couple years of living here that it was "paradox" instead, could not adjust and fled back to the mainland.
Many friends, now, are fleeing due to the high cost of living that they are finding and going to live stateside where they can make their income stretch much further as they get older.

Island life is not for everyone..........As with everything in life, there are compromises.


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Ronnie
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June 24, 2013 12:19 am  

Bear in mind this OP was from last year. They hopefully have moved here and may give a report.

RL8-)


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OldTart
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June 24, 2013 10:48 am  

No posts since February 2012. I'll wager the plans changed. 😀


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wenchtoo
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June 24, 2013 2:19 pm  

Pueblo may be good for some things but I find their prices much higher than other places on so many other things.
It pays to shop around and that means going to 3-4 grocery stores, at least.

I have made many friends over the many years I have lived here, some fell in love with the islands on vacation and wanted to live in "paradise" then found afte but r a couple years of living here that it was "paradox" instead, could not adjust and fled back to the mainland.
Many friends, now, are fleeing due to the high cost of living that they are finding and going to live stateside where they can make their income stretch much further as they get older.

Island life is not for everyone..........As with everything in life, there are compromises.

(tu) thats what we did I miss my adopted home. the cost of living was just to be to much.


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OldTart
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June 24, 2013 4:54 pm  

Island life is not for everyone..........As with everything in life, there are compromises.

(tu) thats what we did I miss my adopted home. the cost of living was just to be to much.

Peg, you and Jimmy are probably better off for leaving. You came and left twice. All is good.


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