Written By:

Sarah Henke

Current Rock of Residence:

Roatan, Honduras

Island Girl Since:

2012

Originally Hails From:

Portland, Oregon

Sarah has spent the last year settling into island life after falling in love with Roatan’s vibrant landscape and beautiful people while on a SCUBA vacation just 4 months prior to her move. She never dreamed she would find herself an expat before retiring, but so far, it fits her quite nicely. She thinks her little old scooter is the greatest thing since she made the discovery that the tree in front of her house is in fact a mango tree. Sarah has grown to find much joy in the unpredictable happenings on the island from the guy who tries to sell her tamales on the beach during her morning run to the baby chicks marching across her yoga mat mid-session. Most Sundays, you’ll find her at “church” just beyond her front yard, 70 feet below sea level, flirting with curious fish, searching for the occasional seahorse, and “praying” for a chance to admire a whale shark or hammerhead… from afar. You can read more about her journey on her blog, Bella Gypsy Soul.

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An Island Girl’s Fashion Observations

It’s been just over 6 months since I’ve been off my rock. Really, all things considered, that’s not too shabby. Roatan’s high season is typically late November through late May, a stretch of time where the tourists are plentiful, and as a...

What Makes “The Real World” Real?

When I first arrived on the island, it didn’t take long to pick up on a common theme amongst many of the expats here: this is not “the real world”. I remember chatting with the bakery girl, who had been here about 3 years at the time. She told me all...

When Life Gives You Limes

Unlike some islands in the Caribbean, Roatan does not offer a Home Depot, Walgreens, Sears, TJ Maxx, or anything even remotely close. Even then, the places that do offer household goods, home repair/improvement items, or toiletries are in Coxen Hole (Yes, read it...

Rookie Move

I would like to think that after residing here on the rock for a little over a year, I have most of the important things down. Things like knowing what days to steer clear of the main drag because it will be consumed by cruise shippers in search of a safari taxi; or...

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