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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The New “Normal”

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?" - my life-on-a-rock answer is decidedly not so typical: I broke my foot rescuing patio...

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 me give you a...

Gone Too Long

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 "real world". The trouble with island life is that your complete...

The Plight of Four Wheels

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 able to find an apartment I'd feel at home in? But never in my wildest dreams did I ever...

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