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Our B.V.I. Adventure is designed to give our family, friends and any other interested followers a look into the life of two expatriates making their way on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands.

So, why did we move 2,000 miles away from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee? Michael accepted a position as the director of retail and international sales for a Caribbean clothing brand.



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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 3: Meltdown

So, we had a few things on our "to-do" list today, none of which have a check beside them.

Buy a car - While we found one that we plan on purchasing, it won't be available to us until tomorrow.  Things just move so slowly here.  We want to buy one car with cash, and then do a traditional car loan for the other one through our bank.  That process takes 7 days!  Can you believe that??? 

Get a cell phone - Nope!  Because I don't have a BVI ID, I was turned away.  I still haven't had any success unlocking my Samsung Omnia, so I was looking at buying a new phone anyway.  We'll try again another day...

Retrieve our belongings from Customs - Not so fast.  I can't even explain this one.  Our crate, weighing 1,300 lbs has been sitting at the Port Authority since Sunday!  Since Pusser's handled the shipping, the documents needed at Customs went to Pusser's, instead of us.  Without those documents it's impossible to get our things.

After a frustrating day of hearing "no" at every turn and feeling quite defeated, Michael and I decided to do something fun.  We drove over to Long Bay Beach just before the sun set.  It was near the airport, which is where we needed to return our rental car.  The water is a beautiful blue/teal color.  We jumped right in!

Once we had our relaxing swim, we felt brave enough to tackle the grocery store.  It was Customer Appreciation Day {no joke!} and they had live music in the parking lot.  Think funk wedding band with a Caribbean flair and songs like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Santa Baby".  I cannot make this stuff up!!!

We ended the day with a Pusser's specialty drink called the Naked Lorna {named for the Premier's wife}.  Note: Do not google this drink for fear of what your search will yield.  Here are the ingredients:

On the rocks...
2 parts Pusser's rum
2 parts club soda
2 squirts of lime juice
1 packet of Splenda
Stir and then float Angostura bitters on top

For other Pusser's rum drinks, check out these recipes.