Welcome! Tally ho!

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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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Signage Sunday: The BVI Railroad

We are slowly but surely getting adjusted to driving in the BVI again.  (We drive on the left side of the road here.) 

It's much easier to adjust the second time around since everything is so familiar.  There is one new red light in town.  There are only a handful to begin with, so this addition is significant.

For those familiar with Tortola, this light is at the entrance of Wickhams Cay II, where Deli France, TICO, House and HIHO are located.  This is also the entrance to The Moorings.   

Anyway, back to the "Signage Sunday" portion of this post... 
During our drive back from the pool on Sunday, I noticed a funny bumper sticker on a large truck.

It made me laugh.  I'm glad to know this truck stops at ALL railroad crossings (since Tortola doesn't have a railroad!) 
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beach Baby

We spent much of Thursday and Friday running around the island trying to reconnect phones and internet.  So far, we're one for two...  Still no internet at the house.  We're working with our neighbors to find a solution that works for both us! 

On Saturday, we were determined to get to the beach!  We met our friends, Paloma and Scott, for lunch at Islands on the West End of the island.  They too have had a baby recently!  We were so excited to meet their bundle of joy, Jude.  He is a doll!  He and Anna Drake are just a month and a half apart. 
After lunch, we lathered Anna Drake in baby-approved SPF 50 lotion and headed to Smuggler's Cove, our favorite beach.  She LOVED it.  Here are some photos of our beach excursion. 
Her yellow swimsuit is too big for her, but the smaller ones haven't arrived on island as of yet.  We shipped one box of baby things, and of course, her swimsuits and hats are in that box.  
She liked the way the water felt on her legs.  We didn't take her all the way in...maybe next time.  We want to make sure the water is warm enough. 
 And the last one...
This will surely be one of MANY baby beach days!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

We're Baaaaaaaaack!

The eyes of the skycaps lit up as we approached the Jet Blue counter Wednesday morning.  Count 'em.  Five checked bags, two of which weighed more than 50 lbs.

If you look even closer you can see I'm toting our miniature schnauzer, Milly, in the airline-approved pet carrier.  Then, of course, there's Anna Drake, nice and protected in her car seat/stroller contraption, complete with paparazzi shade.  We brought along her boppy (the pink pillow thingy) and her diaper bag.  Just the essentials for a 3 hour flight to San Juan!

Not photographed is another roll-on bag and a sail bag with all of our laptops, iPads and who knows what other gadgets!  Oh, and did you spot Michael's Baby Taylor guitar in this BVI version of PhotoHunt?  The guitar plays like a regular guitar, but it's small enough to fit in the overhead bin!

While those that worked for the airline and even the TSA were more than happy to help us each step of the way, we were catching some looks of disbelief from our fellow travelers.  When I happened to make eye contact, I would give a smile that could be interpreted as "Yes, we're really doing this."  We owned it.

Anna Drake did great on the first flight to San Juan.  She had her own seat which was great, because she could sleep in her carrier some, then in our arms.  The best part?  There were no tears!  She was so good, Michael and I were able to watch Crazy Stupid Love in flight!  (Such a good movie!)

The next leg was a bit trickier, and not just because we were flying with an infant and a dog.  It was because of all of the luggage...  We fly CapeAir from San Juan to Tortola.  The plane is small. (It's a Cessna 402 if that means anything to you.)  It's very small.  Like 8 seats small.  They assign you your seat based on your weight and place the luggage accordingly.  Somehow, ALL of our stuff made it!

Once we touched down in Tortola, going through Immigration and Customs was surprisingly a breeze!  And we caught a taxi to the house.  While friends had offered to pick us up, we knew we would require a huge van to transport us and all of our belongings!

Going to sleep that first night back on island was surreal.  The windows were open; the breeze was blowing.  We all slept soundly, including Anna Drake!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Coming Soon!

After a six-month hiatus from both the BVI and blogging, we will be returning to the island in two weeks! I'll resume my regular blogging, but it won't just be a BVI adventure...

In October, Michael and I welcomed into the world a beautiful baby girl, Anna Drake Daniels!  We were back in the states for the birth, surrounded by family and friends in Tennessee.  Here she is!  A week late, she weighed 8 lbs 15 oz and measured 21 inches long!  

We love double names, so we are calling her "Anna Drake." If you've sailed the BVI, you may guess what inspired the middle name.  That's right, the Sir Francis Drake Channel!  We wanted to pay homage to the BVI in some way, recognizing this special time in our lives.  

While we've enjoyed our time in the states immensely, I think we are ready to return to island life (or at least the warmer temperatures!)  

So, look for some amusing posts as I blog our journey back to Tortola.  Can you imagine?  We'll be getting on an airplane with not only a three month old baby, but our dog (remember Milly?), and more than 200 lbs of luggage!  Are we insane???  

Happy New Year!