The Real Housewife of Nevis

Written by: Beth R

 

I am a newbie rock girl who has found herself in the unexpected role of “housewife”. We moved to the island of Nevis in January because my husband wanted to become a doctor. So naturally, studying in the Caribbean was the logical choice.

I gave up my job, friends, family, and Starbucks, packed up our life, and shipped out. Being in my mid-twenties, I had just started to find my calling of what I wanted to do with my life and now here I am, starting over again somewhere new. It’s fun, exciting, and frustrating all at once. Most everyone dreams of living on an island at some point in their lives – people see breathtaking tropical sunset pictures or take one week vacations in the paradise of their choosing and think, Oh yeah… I could totally get used to this. However, as I’m now discovering, it is totally different once you actually do it.

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I have done my best to keep an open mind and stay positive (it helps that the island’s alcohol is much stronger!), but settling into a housewife routine has been a little out of my league. We don’t have kids, but it definitely feels like I have one at home at times as I take care of my husband so he can study hard. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands – repeat. That’s my life now. A part of me thought I would be going to the beach every day, chatting it up with locals, and enjoying the night life. But this, among other things, has been quite a surprise…

Unexpected Discoveries of the Island Housewife Lifestyle

  1. So much dust! Where does it all come from?! Sweeping and dusting everyday is inescapable.
  2. The odd sensation of being both hot and sticky all the time.
  3. No version of fast food on this rock equates to cooking homemade dinner… Every. Single. Night. *Creativity required.
  4. Sunscreen is the new make-up. Bug spray is the new perfume. It just feels so… glamorous.
  5. Island life is mighty expensive. Checking your bank account also requires alcohol – that debt sure knows how to climb!
  6. BUGS. That is all.
  7. Island time traffic must be scheduled for, just as it was back home; though the only difference is it’s not due to snow here, but rather trying to avoid hitting monkeys and goats on the road.
  8. Everyday is casual Friday – Hello, flip flops!

Though I did a lot of research before coming here, there are some things you can only truly understand once you experience them firsthand. I can say that I definitely have a better appreciation for all the housewives and moms out there – on an island or otherwise. And though it is a full-time job in and of itself, I decided to venture out and have found myself a teaching job on my rock as well. I’m taking island life by the horns!

Though I’m not on the beach every day, and island living is shockingly a lot like back home in the typical ways of responsibility, this experience is a ride I’m enjoying – especially as each day comes to a close, and I take in one amazing sunset after another. That part is just as perfect as I’d pictured it would be.

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Beth Rhind

About Beth Rhind

Beth is a newbie rock girl. She moved to her island in January and is now living the life of a Nevis wife, blogging about her island adventures. When she isn’t cooking or doing dishes, she can be found attacking the hills on her island with running and trying to live a new stress-free life. She hails from the far north and has been glad to escape family drama, snowy winters, and get her tan on – though she is quickly learning her dream of living on an island isn’t all about that tan. She used to spend her summers at a cottage so she figures island living will be a walk in the park… except for more bugs, rolling blackouts, and having monkeys in your backyard.

Keeping up with her master’s degree online and volunteering with children with special needs on the island, she is starting to settle into her new life.She spends her days making nice with the locals, learning the ins and outs of the island, and driving around her rock multiple times a day.

She is here while her husband is attending medical school, and she is quickly learning what it means to be the wife of a med student… on a rock. You can read more about her adventures on her personal blog, www.neviswife.blogspot.com.

CURRENT ROCK OF RESIDENCE: Nevis

ISLAND GIRL SINCE: January 2015

ORIGINALLY HAILS FROM: Ontario, Canada

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19 thoughts on “The Real Housewife of Nevis

  1. For several years when I had 3 kids and a satisfying full time job, I hired various college age students to be my cooks. They were all fabulous! And they preferred this kind of (low paying ) job to filing papers in a gloomy office.
    Women do not have to revert to traditional boring roles when confronted with traditional dilemmas. Islands are full of people who would rather do your wash, cook for you (and many are great cooks), clean for you etc. than be stay -at -home housewives, themselves. An interesting and challenging job for you can pay for them. Even if you are on an island that makes securing such a job difficult, think about how you can pay a helper by drinking just a little less each week….Bars are the social hubs of our island, too, but you can learn restraint and though alcohol can give a temporary lift, they are really depressants. I love a good cocktail but am content with only one when I know the non-second, (and third and fourth drink ) pay for a life where someone else is the caregiver for me as well as for my husband.

  2. Thank you I enjoyed reading this……. #2 and #4 are an every island pleasure….At least I’ve learned to believe that…….You could always choose to be a stay-at-home ‘dog mom’…..It’s becoming more and more popular on our rock………Good luck and keep sharing these stories……

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