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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, March 11, 2010

Exit Survey: Travis

Just like we did for Caty & Matt, we gave Travis an exit survey upon his return home from the BVI.  Here are his answers to our probing questions...

Of the 5 Pusser's locations, which ones did you make it to during your visit?
Answer: Marina Cay, Pusser’s East, Pusser’s Road Town Pub

{The Friday night crew!}

How likely are you to adopt "Good afternoooooooon" as your greeting to friends back in the states?
A) very likely
B) likely
C) maybe
D) unlikely
E) never in a million years
Answer: D) Unlikely—If I were to adopt anything it would be “Ello good mauning!” but I can’t perfect the accent and it’s just not the same without the accent.
How annoyed are you by Amelia and Michael's use of the phrase "back in the states"?
A) didn't notice it
B) not at all
C) slightly annoyed
D) very annoyed
E) more annoyed than they'll ever know
Answer: Somewhere between C) and D)...more than slightly but less than very.  I never got adjusted to the time difference either because they always reported the time as a “back home” reference:
“What time is it?"
"It’s 3:30 back home."
"So, it’s 4:30 here?"
"Yes.”
Arrrrr!  I also noticed the use of “expat.”  "Oh, he’s an expat...” or “She’s an expat like us...”

Best restaurant experience on the island?
Answer: Pusser’s East—the grouper was out of this world. Of course, Cappricio’s was great too! And the Daniels Café was really good and offered up the friendliest service on the island!
True of False: By the end of your trip, you were used to seeing cars driving on the left side of the road.
Answer: False. It completely freaked me out but I trusted that the “expats” knew what they were doing and I prayed that I was never in a situation that required me to drive. The roundabouts completely scared me. And what’s up with the roundabout that has stop lights?!?
How many wild chickens and/or roosters did you see while on Tortola?
Answer(s):
3,739 chickens
427 goats
83 lizards
7 horses
6 pirates
2 cows (Actually it was the same cow but I saw it twice)
2 snakes (Amelia only saw 1)
1 donkey (I actually only heard the donkey).
Honestly, my goal for the week was to keep an accurate count but I very quickly determined that I was in over my head. There were a LOT of chickens and goats.

{Don't believe him?  Here's proof!}

What was the strangest thing you saw on the island?
Answer:  I’ve never been to a place where the national pasttime is hitch hiking. That was odd and a bit scary. Oh, and the roundabout with stop lights was a bit odd too. I just don’t understand that concept.

What is your favorite memory of your time in the BVI?
Answer:  Taking the White Squall II to the Baths and to Cooper Island snorkeling. What an amazing way to experience the BVI! Oh, and Michael “MacGruber” Daniels swimming with 15 foot long Great White Sharks and Orca whales to repair our ferry so we could escape Marina Cay. Thanks MacGruber!!

Approximately how many cruise ships did you see pass Gecko Manor during your stay?
Answer:  Probably around 12 or 13. I never knew there were so many cruise lines!

{This one is of the Royal Caribbean variety!}

Of the following, which best describes your feelings toward the island's most popular snack, the fried plantain?
A) take them
B) leave them
C) what's that? I thought it was a banana
Answer: A) Take them!!! Take them!!! Take them!!! Especially the cinnamon sugar plantain! (To all future guests of Gecko Manor: you should definitely request the cinnamon sugar plantain.)

{We went a little overboard and made six different varieties of plaintains.}

What's your BVI billing rate and how much does Michael owe you for the photo shoot? ;)
Answer: My BVI billing rate is $250/hour and I stayed a week so that’s 156 hours...zero, zero, carry the three....WOW! What a great week!!!

Thanks for playing Travis!!!  It was great having you here. You are welcome back any time - although, I'm not sure Pusser's can afford you!  Ha!

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