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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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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Smuggler's Cove Update

Since the scuffle at Smuggler's Cove that led the government to shut down the beach bars, things have been incredibly quiet at the beach.  We went again on Saturday.

Bizarrely, one of the former bar operators was there, watching over his space.  He wasn't serving any drinks or making any food, just sitting there in the shade, reading a newspaper.  He didn't seem like he wanted any company so we left him alone.  (My reporter skills must be waning because the former Amelia would have approached him with camera rolling to get the scoop!  Ha!)

We brought our own lunch and enjoyed the shade courtesy of the sea grape trees.

Anna Drake is loving the water more and more which makes these beach trips all the more fun!

$48K Bump in the Road

When Michael and I returned to the BVI in January, we immediately noticed a new addition: a roundabout/planter thingy in the middle of the road leading to and from the airport.

If the intent was to slow down drivers who tend to speed on this long flat stretch of road (yours truly included), it didn't seem to work.  I guess that's part of the reason the new government decided to level it.  Maybe the other reason was to spite the old government? 

It was most definitely an expensive move.  Local reports reveal that the roundabout/planter thingy cost taxpayers a cool $48,000 dollars to construct.  And they're not sure what the new government spent to demolish it.

Beach Clean-up

Some incredible volunteers got together last week to clean up one of the BVI's most popular beaches, Cane Garden Bay.  I was stunned to see BVI Newbie's photo of what the divers found on the ocean floor...

Yikes!  Cane Garden Bay is popular with the charter boat community, as well as the cruise ship tourists.  And it really is a great beach spot (despite what this photo may lead you to believe), with its colorful line of beach bars and restaraunts tucked behind the palm trees.

I can't hear the words "Cane Garden Bay" without immediately thinking of Da Tree Men's song by the same name...  Remember it?  This is one of my favorites...