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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, January 6, 2011

Exit Surveys: Mom, Dad & Whitney!

Michael and I were so fortunate to spend time with both of our families this Christmas.  Here's what my family had to say about their BVI adventure! 

What was your favorite beach day and why?
Mom:  Trunk Bay with Milly digging for gold.
Dad:  Probably Smuggler's Cove, the second time when the crowd was smaller, but Jost van Dyke (aka Dick van Dyke, in American) was a close 2nd.
Whitney: I'll always love Smuggler's Cove the best, but this time I'll have to say the beautiful Trunk Bay, since it was new to me.
{Trunk Bay - we were the only ones there!}

Which of the following best describes the roads on Tortola?
A) Smooth as silk...
B) Steeper than I remember.
C) Potholes, potholes and more potholes!
D) More speed bumps that one can count!
E) None of the above.
Mom:  B) Steeper than I remembered, especially on the way to and from Cane Garden Bay!
Dad: All of the above, except A & E.  And "scary" is the best adjective.
Whitney: Definitely D! Every ride is a bumpy one!

We attended a total of "tree" Da Tree Men gigs during your visit. What song did you find yourself humming afterward? Or singing in the shower the next day?

Mom: Jingle Bell Rock, because the Bell Lady did a fantastic job!
Dad: "She wants a Bushwhacker, Bushwhacker, Bushwhacker..."
Whitney: Bushwhacker
And here Whitney is having one the very next day!  "She likes the coconut cream, and the coffee liquor..."

How do the accommodations at Gecko Manor II compare to the old house?
Mom: I love Gecko Manor II for the beautiful kitchen, view, feeling of space and bedrooms upstairs.
Dad: Much better, good hot water all the time, spacious rooms and brand new!
Whitney: Sooo much better! Cooler, more space, more privacy, huge kitchen!
Matouk's hot sauce. Take it or leave it?
Mom:  LEAVE IT!  I don't get it.  Why would you put something on your food to burn your mouth?
Dad:  Take it in a BIG way.  I only bought two bottles, but it's a great new taste for me.
Whitney: Didn't try it.
Which Pusser's locations did you visit on your trip? (Road Town Pub, Pusser's East, Soper's Hole, Marina Cay, Leverick Bay)
Mom:  Road Town, Soper's Hole, Pusser's East and Marina Cay.  Marina Cay is my favorite of all the Pusser's because I am a romantic and I love the story of the young couple coming there so long ago, the unique location and the fact that you have to take a boat to get there!
Dad: We ate at Pusser's East and Road Town Pub (see photo below) and visited the stores at Soper's Hole and Marina Cay.  I also liked the bar and live music on Marina Cay.

Whitney: None - it's a first! (I did pop into the store at Road Town though.)
What was the most bizarre thing you saw while vacationing in the BVI?
Mom: The brown pelican sitting on the red phone booth while we were getting our photo taken on Marina Cay.
Dad:  Has to be the "Christmas House" covered with lights, blow-up Santas, and movies playing on the concrete wall in the driveway.
Whitney: Hmmm... I'm used to the roaming farm animals and the crazy driving, so probably the typo on the billboard where the beauty queen exclaims, "Blah, blah, blah..." :)

We had such a great visit!  One of my favorite days was the afternoon on Jost van Dyke, and the New Year's Eve party at the Last Resort, oh and the yummy lobster dinner at Jolly Roger, and the relaxing day on Scrub Island...  I could go on and on!  

Saying goodbye is never easy, but staring down a company-free January, it was especially hard...even Milly was upset to see her relatives go.