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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, June 16, 2011

Cristall & Will Arrive in the BVI!

Our friends from Atlanta caught a one-way flight to St. Thomas and hopped on the ferry to Tortola on Thursday!  While this wasn't Cristall and Will's first trip to the Caribbean it was their first visit to the BVI.

Their journey was so quick and easy, until it came time for me to pick them up.  I had thoroughly explained the process of hailing a cab from the St. Thomas airport, making sure they specified the correct ferry dock to their cab driver (Charlotte Amalie, if you're wondering) .  I also offered an in-depth explanation of the immigration and customs process once they arrived in the BVI and strongly advised that they make every attempt to sit near the exit of the boat, so they could be first in line...something our friends Ashley and Gordon learned the hard way after a 50 minute wait when they arrived here back in February.

Well, Cristall and Will followed my directions to perfection.  I, however, was too busy snapping photos of their ferry and got confused.  They must have slipped off of the boat without me noticing! 

I watched as all of the other passgengers disembarked, hoping to spot them. After everyone was off the boat, I called Michael to let him know that Cristall and Will hadn't made the ferry. I reread Will's email and he clearly wrote that they were on the 3:30 boat! So where were they? Why hadn't I seen them? I headed back to the car to wait for Michael.  Maybe there were two ferries and they were on the second boat...
Unbeknownst to me, Cristall and Will breezed through immigration and customs. But when they emerged, no one was there to greet them!

It wasn't until Michael showed up 10 minutes later that he spotted the lost tourists standing at the other end of the parking lot.  I felt so horrible!!!  The good thing is, this rocky start to their vacation was not indicative of how their BVI adventure would go!  Barfly, Smuggler's Cove, Jolly Roger, The Baths, Little Dix Bay, St. John...we packed it in over the long weekend!