Rika

About Rika

Originally from the Great White North, land of the Eskimos and igloos (that’s what’s really up there in Canada, right?), Rika arrived on a Caribbean rock called Roatan in early 2012 on a holiday and learned to SCUBA dive. Then she came back a month later. Then she came back two months later. Then she came back and forgot to leave. Over 1200 dives (and rum punches) later, she is now a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and still gets a kick out of her divers being scared of nurse sharks. She’s learned many things from island living including how to live with slow internet, navigating muddy roads on a scooter and a fairly dirty dance move called the “wine”. She can now understand Spanish and speak island English like a local (her parents are very proud). Known around Roatan for being fearless (hacking up tarantulas with a machete when they venture too close to her house, or jumping off the top of a bar into the ocean for free shots), Rika has made many bad decisions on the rock that have turned into great stories…if you ply her with enough rum or a freshly-caught tuna, she’ll share. Follow her adventures and misadventures over on her blog, www.cubiclethrowdown.com.

CURRENT ROCK OF RESIDENCE: Roatan, Honduras

ISLAND GIRL SINCE: 2012

ORIGINALLY HAILS FROM: Saskatchewan, Canada

Things That Are No Longer Weird To Me

Written by: Rika   I’m coming up close on 2 years full-time on my rock of Roatan, and in that relatively short amount of time, I have found myself noticing things that were shocking at first, but I no longer … Continue reading

Adventures in Island Banking

Written by: Rika   Going to the bank on the island of Roatan in Honduras is an adventure, to say the least. If you are from a first-world country, you will likely find the experience bewildering, frustrating, and/or just plain … Continue reading

It’s a Jungle in Here

Written by: Rika   WARNING: IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE PHOTOS OF SNAKES OR SPIDERS, PRESS “BACK” ON YOUR BROWSER NOW! There – you’ve been warned. And here is a harmless lizard for you before the scary photos commence:   I … Continue reading