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Friends With Generators

There comes a time in every islander's life when you have to take a long, hard look at the people around you, and what they mean to you. Power cuts are particularly good for these periods of self-reflection. As the house starts to heat up and the food in the fridge...

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How to Fit in as an Island Newbie

When I first stepped foot onto the tarmac of the Henry Rohlsen Airport and walked out to catch my ride (a 1990-something, $800 Honda Civic with no AC and a broken passenger window), I shied away from the locals, didn't give them a warm greeting in return, and simply...

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10 Things You Never Knew About Hurricanes

It’s been a busy hurricane season in the Atlantic. We’ve had two Category 5 storms so far and the season doesn't end until Nov 1st. First there was Irma, who devastated St. Maarten, Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, and several others, skirted past New Providence, and...

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Bidding Farewell to my Island Home

My house, Sweet Spice, was destroyed when Hurricane Irma slammed into St. John. Luckily, I was not in it. I was traveling in the states with my girlfriend and our two dogs on a pre-planned trip to visit family. Like many people stateside, I could not get any...

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Post-Hurricane Life on Saba

Living on a small Caribbean island changes your appreciation for certain things we tend to take for granted, like full shelves in a shop. This past Wednesday on my way to work, I saw a fully loaded truck drive up from the harbour with supplies. It was a beaten up,...

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