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When Dutch Marines Hit the Tropics

On our local news outlet, there was an article about the Dutch marines visiting Saba. Ladies, they are always quite the sight: a group of about twenty able-bodied, strong men in uniform with a leader and a purpose. They’re hard to miss: you can smell the testosterone... read more

Harvesting Your Own Island Sea Salt

It’s not all fun and games here in paradise. I mean, mostly it is – but there are some exceptions. Here’s one. There’s a very cool thing that happens here when we go through a drought, as we did earlier this year. Just behind an amazingly... read more

The 4 Stages of Island Fever

As anyone who lives on an island knows, the size of that island is inversely proportional to how quickly it will drive you mad. Here’s a handy graph for those who prefer to process things visually: Happily, there’s a cure for Island Fever (IF): It’s... read more

The Power of the Coconut Telegraph

I woke up the other morning, fed my dogs their morning watermelon, ate breakfast, and checked Facebook (as usual) to see what was going on. The first thing I saw was a post from a well-known islander stating that the “new” transito laws were taking effect... read more

The Island Running Obstacle Course

Like most runners, I care about my time. Not enough to invest in fancy technology, but enough to consult my analogue wrist-watch when I start out and when I get back. Given the elevations of my island runs, I expect to have slower times compared to my flat mainland... read more

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