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How Island Time Moves Both Fast and Slow

Before we moved to our rock, while we were still considering the idea and researching what we were actually getting ourselves into, the number one piece of advice that we kept coming across was: Be patient and have patience. One thing was clear: We were on our way...

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The “Luck” of Living on an Island

I have lived on my rock, Roatan, for 8 years now. As I always tell people, you either love it here or you hate it. There is no in between. You won’t ever hear someone say, “Yeah, it’s ok, I guess.” The feelings people have towards the island seem to be strong either...

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