Written By:

Gail M

Current Rock of Residence:

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Island Girl Since:


Originally Hails From:

Calgary, Canada

Gail is a retired dietitian, sometime writer, and mom of two wonderful grown-ups. She and her husband of 27 years moved to Grand Cayman in late December of 2014. After years of visiting their condo and quietly moving their household belongings in suitcases, they put their plan to permanently escape cold weather into motion, leaving their children homeless.

Gail spends her time pinching herself and acting as amateur part time travel agent. She would love to spend more time on what her friends call “Gail’s Island,” but few members of the family visit, so she and her husband have to go see them in Canada. So much for avoiding the cold weather! When people do visit, Gail is in her element, visiting stingrays, diving, snorkeling, and playing tourist along with her guests.

Her days revolve around studying languages, swimming, yoga, and food. She and her husband love music and travel, and they love to eat, cook, sample wine, and watch tennis and soccer (or football, as they say on the island). Sometimes they are able to combine all of these in one trip, but they are always thrilled to come home to their little patch of paradise, clean the iguana poo off the deck, and enjoy island life.

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2 Weeks in Government Quarantine: Life on the Inside

Well, the email came! We could go home to our beloved Grand Cayman, after 100 days away, sweltering in place in the California desert. The only catch was that we had three days to get rid of 2-3 weeks supply of food, prepare the house for the even hotter weather to...

Off my Rock(er): Locked out of Paradise, Sweltering in Place

We see palm trees, hear birds, and feel the heat, but this isn't our island. I have vivid mountain sunrises, instead of brilliant sunsets on the sea. We can't see the sea.We're stranded on a desert oasis in California. We left our Paradise, our rock of Grand Cayman,...

What Island Social Media Isn’t Telling You

Most of us don't post day to day boring things on social media. We may post something new and exciting we'd like to share, a meme that expresses our opinions, or in some cases, we may even post if we're having an unusually bad day. What I'm trying to say is that...

The 10 Stages of Hurricane Season

Before we permanently moved to our island, we’d been here “pre-Ivan.” We’ve since heard the Hurricane Ivan stories, so we knew from reports how devastating a hurricane could be. Since then, there have been a few times when we thought we might be in the path of a...

Cultivating your Island Calm in Hurricane Season & Beyond

When we first moved to our rock, I had an inner calm that helped me through the worst of times, even the traumatizing experience of moving out of our home of twenty one years. That calm stayed with me for a long time. Though last year, something happened that agitated...

Justifying My Island Existence

“So, what do you do on a typical day?” It was the first time anyone asked me that particular question, but I took it the same way as the other questions we hear frequently from our friends and family back where we came from: “What do you do there?” or “How do you...

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