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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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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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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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Island-splaining: Telling It Like It Is

My family recently visited my rock for their vacation. Since I am still "fresh off the boat," with less than two years of rock-living under my belt, some of this visit was spent explaining my island life choices and how things (don’t) work here to my family and, as it...

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