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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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Friday, February 17, 2012

Tortola Express

While Tortola's (relatively) shiny and new supermarket, Riteway, offers a wide selection of items from the US and the UK, there are a few things it doesn't carry, at least not regularly:  Pampers, for starters.  They have Huggies, but no Pampers.  

When you see that they have stock of Hint of Lime Tostito's, you better buy two bags...maybe three!  And good luck if you want an everything bagel!  I haven't seen one since we've been back.

As for coffee, we have to import our Keurig K-cups.  The Keurig craze has yet to hit the BVI.  There are a few ways to get these coveted items to the island...  The first option is to send a box to stateside friends who are coming to visit and kindly ask them to pack the items in their suitcases.

More often than not, however, we shop online and send the items to Tortola Express in Miami.  From there, the items are flown to Tortola and for a fee that includes both the freight cost and duties, you can pick them up at their office in Road Town.

Most recently, I picked up some of Anna Drake's baby items that we ordered from Amazon.

Oh, and if you're wondering about the rose on top of the smaller box...  Let's just say the clerk at the desk has a "thang" for this baby momma.  :)

We were anxious to get Anna Drake's new bathtub.  Here she is trying it out that very night!

A reader recently asked a question about where we shop for other items, like clothing and home goods.  A post on that is in the works!