Written By:

Melissa Brunner

Current Rock of Residence:

Tortola, BVI

Island Girl Since:

2013

Originally Hails From:

Western Canada

Melissa lives on Tortola in the BVI where she finds there is never a shortage of oddities and quirks that often make her question her thought process, or lack thereof, which got her here in the first place. While adapting to the ways of the island, she finds herself smiling and nodding regularly while having no idea what someone has just told her, drinking far more fermented beverages that one probably should, and in constant struggle to avoid the island’s one rogue white horse. Her life on a rock may not be what she had first imagined, but it comes with no shortage of amusement, delight, and the occasional good lesson.

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Marathon Training in the Tropics

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, or a marathon, so what makes me say it was a "moment of weakness"?...

Island News: Hot Off The Press!

I'm a creature of few habits, one of which being that it doesn't matter where I live, I always have to read the daily paper. Here in the islands, it is no different; but instead of reading the paper for genuinely informative news articles, I've found increasing value...

5 Habits Normally Considered Abnormal

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 to a state that would be considered clean in the eyes of non-island dwellers; I needed to...

What to Expect on your BVI Boating Day

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 dive in it, they sail across it, they fish in it, they float in it, and...

The #1 Island Rule That Will Keep You Sane

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 complete waste of time and energy, as there is no valid explanation. Which is why my new...

The Wrath of Island Karma

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 Universe would deliver swift justice to the people and things that have...

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