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Thinking about relocating from Philly to USVI  

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Nikkilove
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Hi. I have been researching about the USVI and thinking about relocating. This may seem like a silly question, but what is it like? I am born and raised in Philly. However, I have lived in Jamaica before. I have family there. From what I can tell the usvi seems like a nice place. Love reggae music. Not really interested in partying. I am more looking for a peaceful environment for my 2 teenage daughters. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Nikki

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Posted : September 30, 2009 7:05 pm
Novanut
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As far as lifestyle, St. Croix, STX is more laid back, St. Thomas, STT is faster paced, St. John, STJ is slower paced but very expensive. You'll get answers to most, if not all of your question answered right here by using the search field at the top of this post. Top of the page links gets you to lots more information.

If you've never been here, everyone strongly suggests a Pre Move Visit, PMV so you can see for yourself. Don't come as a tourist. Come and experience living day to day, driving on the left, buying groceries, etc. Stay in a hotel until you can rent a place for a month. That way you'll get a much better picture.

Good luck,
nn

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Posted : September 30, 2009 7:42 pm
Nikkilove
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Thanks alot for the input. I didn't think there were any people out there because no one responded. Thanks again!

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Posted : September 30, 2009 8:19 pm
Michaelds9
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It's like everywhere else I guess.
What do you want and what will you make of what you get.
Personally can't wait to get out of Ohio to where it's always (relatively speaking - I have had to put on a sweater at night in February) WARM.

Michael

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Posted : September 30, 2009 8:27 pm
Novanut
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People still at work, mostly. Me, I'm still looking...

Good luck,
nn

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Posted : September 30, 2009 8:33 pm
East Ender
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Nikki: If you can't wait 30 minutes for a response to a question, you are going to have a tough time actually living here.;)

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Posted : September 30, 2009 9:41 pm
Novanut
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Think: Island Tyme....

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Posted : September 30, 2009 9:49 pm
DUN
 DUN
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Nikki: If you can't wait 30 minutes for a response to a question, you are going to have a tough time actually living here.;)

Your tax refund may take months, or even years(no kidding)!
And, fast food takes at least 15 minutes(sometimes 45)!

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Posted : September 30, 2009 11:58 pm
Juanita
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Regarding the fast food taking 15-45 minutes....that's with only 2 people in line, in front of you. And NO, we are not kidding or exagerating.

Juanita

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Posted : October 1, 2009 11:27 am
Nikkilove
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I am going to visit first. As far as the fast food, that is fine with me. Trying to eat healthy. It sounds like The USVI would be a perfect place for me at a time in my life right now especially since I am not a patient person. Maybe The Most High will be giving me peace.

And thanks I will be thinking ISLAND TYME!!!!

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Posted : October 1, 2009 12:21 pm
Juanita
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The fast food reference was just to give you an idea of what it's like here just to get through your daily routine. It's the same at the bank, post office (the worst), checking out at Kmart or the grocery store, etc. As for eating healthy, try to find the thread on grocery prices. I just posted yesterday about a bowl of fresh berries (for one) costing $11.00. That's extreme, but not all that extreme, by island prices.

Juanita

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Posted : October 1, 2009 12:31 pm
Nikkilove
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So basically, you are saying everything is slow. Not fast paced. Silly question? If one goes to a bank, why would the wait be sooooooo long unless its the 1st of the month and everyone is there getting their social security checks. Are there not that many tellers? Or does everyone just move slow.

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Posted : October 1, 2009 12:34 pm
Juanita
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So basically, you are saying everything is slow. Not fast paced. Silly question? If one goes to a bank, why would the wait be sooooooo long unless its the 1st of the month and everyone is there getting their social security checks. Are there not that many tellers? Or does everyone just move slow.

LOL...That's a good question! Anyone have an answer?

Juanita

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Posted : October 1, 2009 1:04 pm
Trade
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For the most part, the tellers in banks or stores don't care if there's a line in front of them. They feel no pressure to hurry so customers stand & wait & wait. If you as a customer object to it, you're considered rude. It doesn't stop them chatting amongst themselves & in some stores talking on their cell phones instead of waiting on you. That's how it is in a lot of places with bad management or even in good places if the manager isn't right there.

~Trade~

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Posted : October 1, 2009 1:17 pm
Molly
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I am going to visit first. As far as the fast food, that is fine with me. Trying to eat healthy. It sounds like The USVI would be a perfect place for me at a time in my life right now especially since I am not a patient person. Maybe The Most High will be giving me peace.

And thanks I will be thinking ISLAND TYME!!!!

If you are not a patient person you will find yourself frustrated often.

Another fast food story: I went to the Subway in Red Hook and ordered 4 sandwiches and the lady was upset that I didn't call in such a large order.

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Posted : October 1, 2009 2:13 pm
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