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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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How to Smash Your Fear of Sharks

We've had two shark attacks in a matter of months here in The Bahamas and I'm not gonna lie - it makes me nervous. The first poor victim lost part of her arm, and the second had a very nasty bite to her foot. Both attacks took place in an area off the coast of New...

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Are You Formicating on your Rock?

No… not fornicating – get your mind out of the gutter! That's an "m" there, not an "n." What in the world does formicating mean then? you may be asking. Well, it isn’t nearly as exciting as you may have initially thought - though it is quite relevant to island life....

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The 5 Worst Reasons to Quit Island Life

Island life is not for everyone. I was born and raised on an island. Then, I spent some years in a city only to move back to an even smaller island. I fit in with both locals and expats. I understand the arguments from both sides - talk about a life of confusion. The...

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