Sophomore Year

"We recognize your dogs from when we were here on vacation last year," says a nice lady enjoying happy hour on Cruz Bay. Really, I thought, from last YEAR? Have we been here long enough for vacationers who come annually to recognize us? That's crazy! Time flies, whether you're living stateside or on a rock. The comment about our dogs, along with several other observations I've made recently, have lead me to the conclusion that my husband ...

Island Heat

I live on a tropical island. It's absolutely stunning, paradise at its finest. Some even say I am living the dream. Aside from the drought earlier this year, St John is perpetually lush and green, too beautiful for words. However, one of the challenges of living on an island is the unbearable heat during this time of the year. I am not a violent person, but this island heat is about to make me hurt someone. ...

Fall on St John

Ahhh, fall. The glorious season when the humidity drops along with the temperatures and those of us with frizzy hair rejoice in the fact that our flatiron is effective once again. Although it's late September and fall is officially underway, I am not sporting silky straight hair or shopping for new boots. I'm actually in a swimsuit on the beach. It's fall on St John. I live in an endless summer of sun and sweat. I love ...

The View is Overrated

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Have you ever lived in a tiny place with a million-dollar view? Were you sacrificing common, everyday amenities that weren't even luxuries because you wanted that view? Well after 10 months of living in a tiny, hot, shoebox-like house with stunning sunset views from the front deck, I am here to tell you that the view is overrated. I had grown to accept that everyday island life included trips to the laundromat, mosquitoes constantly biting me ...

St. John Carnival

As St. Johnians, we ask a lot of our livers. It seems you're never too sad to celebrate happy hour. There's no shortage of friends who'd love to start their morning with a mimosa, and, of course, there are our visitors whose arrivals clearly call for a toast that usually lasts all week. And that's just during all the "normal" parts of the year! Come late June, the annual St. John Carnival festivities kick off, and ...

Big City Adventure

Based on my Wikipedia research, I learned that San Juan is home to roughly 400,000 people, making it the 46th largest city under the jurisdiction of the U.S. It's the capital of Puerto Rico and our latest destination for a quick, island-hopping, weekend getaway. Although we recently traveled for a few days to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, it was my husband's first flight away since we moved to St John over eight months ago. ...

Everyday Island Life

There's a lot to be said for island life. Simplifying and purging our homes and our lives of unnecessary possessions that are just occupying space can be satisfying and cathartic. Do you know anyone who actually wears even half of the clothes hanging in their closet? And who really needs four sets of spare sheets, two crockpots, twelve winter coats, and seventeen different colors of nail polish? Clearly there are St. John residents who have every ...

YCCS… Today Was a Good Day

May 30, 2015- arguably the best day of my life. I've been fortunate to have lots of memorable travel experiences. I've been to Italy and to multiple Caribbean destinations, but it wasn't until I rolled up at YCCS that all of my obsessions came to life in one spectacular space. In the words of Ice Cube, "Today was a good day." Let me take a step back. I aspire to be more Euro. More specifically, I ...

Island Travel

I've heard it said that Disney World is the happiest place on earth. Maybe it's because I'm claustrophobic and long lines aren't my thing, but I don't dream of spending my vacation eating funnel cakes with Mickey and his friends. I'm more of an island girl who dreams of palm trees, sunshine, and the quiet serenity that embodies island travel. Have you seen the Instagram hashtag "#ILiveWhereYouVacation"? Though it annoys me when people use that, it ...

Another Island Hobby

I never really got into the selfie craze. I think my arms are too short to take good selfies?! I've also never been great at capturing beautifully candid moments in pictures. Like people laughing as they sip Champagne or friends embracing during emotional moments.... you know those perfectly Instagram-able moments that you can put a nice filter on and people love them? See how silly my selfies look? Before I moved to the island of St ...