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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, April 7, 2011

Marina Cay & a Water Shortage

As we arrived in London and headed for Oxford, my parents woke up to a beautiful day in the BVI.  Even though they hit the town the night before, with dinner at BarFly and the sounds of Da Tree Men (minus Michael) at The Elm in Cane Garden Bay, they were no worse for the wear and headed for a day on Marina Cay.  And a beautiful one it was!

Little did my parents know what awaited them back at the house...an empty cistern.  Thus began their true BVI adventure!  Our neighbors Jonathan and Danielle had lived through their own water scare a few months prior and were able to assist.

The next day, a water truck found its way up Kingston Hill and its hose found its way through our house and into the cistern.  Ten thousand gallons of water and $650 later, the cistern was full...but that doesn't necessarily mean the water was flowing!  At least not yet.

Because the pump had continued to run until the discovery of the empty cistern, there had been some damage to the pipes.  What to do now?  My oh-so-resourceful parents remembered that our friend Tony who lives in our old house just down the hill is not only handy, but has experience with the mechanics of pumps and such.  Within a few hours, Tony had the water running at Gecko Manor II! 

He was most definitely the hero of this BVI adventure!