Marathon Training in the Tropics

Written by: MELISSA BRUNNER   In a moment of weakness (read: travel fatigue coupled with birthday brain), I signed up for my first marathon. It seems everyone these days is signing up for an obstacle course race, or a triathlon, … Continue reading

5 Habits Normally Considered Abnormal

Written by: Melissa B   I recently had visitors coming in to town and found myself in a massive panic preparing for their arrival. So much to do, so little time to do it! I needed to clean my apartment … Continue reading

What to Expect on your BVI Boating Day

Written by: Melissa B   Living in the Caribbean, we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most incredible waters in the world. Tourists pay thousands of dollars to come revel in our turquoise sea – they … Continue reading

The #1 Island Rule That Will Keep You Sane

Written by: Melissa B   One surefire way to make yourself crazy living on an island is to spend your time trying to understand why things happen the way they do around here. More often than not, it is a … Continue reading

The Wrath of Island Karma

Written by: Melissa B   I have always maintained a moderate belief in karma. I mean, I wasn’t superstitious about it or anything, but it was comforting to think that your good deeds would eventually pay off and that the … Continue reading

The New “Normal”

Written by: Melissa B   The conversation is typical in nature, catching up with family and friends who live in the great big world I used to reside in. Yet when the question arises – “How was your week?” – … Continue reading

Mayberry, BVI

Written by: Melissa B   I often compare life on the island to living in a stereotypical small town where everybody knows everyone, everything, and every misstep. If you’ve never experienced what it’s like to live somewhere like Mayberry, allow … Continue reading

Gone Too Long

Written by: Melissa B   I have recently discovered how necessary it is to leave the island every couple of weeks/months in order to stave off a massive case of island fever and maintain some semblance of connection to the … Continue reading

The Plight of Four Wheels

Written by: Melissa B   Prior to moving to the islands, I of course considered the many challenges that I would be faced with: Would I be able to handle the heat? Would snakes abound? Was I going to be … Continue reading