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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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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Day 18: New Year's Eve

Our New Years Eve plans included a trip to Marina Cay, the 8-acre island that Pusser's owns. 

The restaurant was packed.  We had a wonderful dinner and a few Marina Cay champagnes.  Michael's tie if you're wondering is from Pusser's.  They don't have bowties yet...you know that will be changing under Michael's leadership!  ;) 

The winds were very strong on New Years Eve, which meant the ferry operator responsible for taking guests to and from Marina Cay had to be very careful.  When it was time to leave Marina Cay and head back to Tortola, there were quite a few people waiting on the dock, including this group from New York:

We ended up getting off of the 11:15 p.m. ferry so this group could travel together and waited for the 11:45 p.m. ferry.  It turned out to be a great move.

As the clock struck midnight, we were en route watching the fireworks on the water!  It was fantastic, but that was just the beginning of our night...

New Years Eve - also referred to as Old Years Night - coincided with a full moon this year.  This fact is of particular importance in the BVI because the Full Moon Parties are notorious here.  Trellis Bay has the biggest party on the island. 

The signature of any Trellis Bay full moon party is a large metal sphere set ablaze on the water.  There are several of them actually and with the high winds embers were everywhere. 

These fireballs are incredible, aren't they!?!  There was a rowdy crowd gathered on this New Years Eve.  As I've heard Michael describe it since then, "It was probably the most unstable environment I've been in for a long time."  I'm sure my mom appreciates this description.  Just take a look at this hilarious photo:

Who knows what Adam was yelling!  I'm telling you - the winds were so strong! That's the strap of my camera on the right side of the photo.  We did have a great time, but I'm not sure if we'll be up for the next full moon party on January 30.