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The Island Chill Factor

Feeling a bit chilly lately, island girls? Let the warming process commence - grab yourself a warm cup of tea and a long-sleeved shirt... it's winter in the tropics! Ah, winter on a rock as a swimming instructor. Time for me to break out the sweatshirts and wetsuits...

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The Particular Freedom of Island Life

I cannot count the number of times people have compared living on a tropical island, at least in the Caribbean, to the 50's in the US. Neighbors know you and your business, watch your kids when they run around the block, wave from their front porch, and there's a lot...

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An Island Score That Ended Up Costing More

As many of you who have spent time in the Caribbean know, a washing machine can be quite an electric hog. My high efficiency washer here in the States would be impossible to run on my rock, the Dominican Republic. It may be water efficient and mostly energy efficient,...

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The Best Part of Winter in the Tropics

Ahhh, winter in the Caribbean. That most wonderful time of year when we don’t feel like our entire being is going to melt into a sticky, sweaty puddle (yes, even the puddles are sweaty) at the very thought of stepping outside. That time of year when we can choose a...

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5 Ways To Feel Festive When It’s Hot Outside

Many expat rock-dwellers like myself remember a time when Christmas meant roaring fires, snow-covered rooftops, and the sharp chill of a clear December evening. It's possible that I'm looking at winter through rose-coloured glasses because I don't have to deal with it...

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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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