Friday, January 16, 2009

How I Got To Paradise!

Wintering on a Caribbean island amongst a live volcano was not one of the goals on my "to do" list before I die, and yet here I find myself... living in Paradise with an active volcano no less.. not that I'm complaining, mind you.

My partner, Bill, always wanted to buy a home on a Caribbean island, but who could afford one? As we were looking for a place to vacation in the winter of 2007, we came upon an article that mentioned Montserrat. It talked about the volcano and how affordable and easy it was to purchase property on the island. So off we went on a new adventure to explore the warmth of the sun, the breeze of the ocean, the beauty of the rainforests and intensity of the volcano.

Once we arrived, we knew we were home. From the moment we landed, the island was inviting and by the time we left, three weeks later, we felt safe and secure among strangers who would soon become friends. Our ability to drink from our tap with water that flows straight from the mountains was a huge asset. And the absence of corporate chains and stop lights suited both of us just fine!

By the fall of 2007, Bill bought our island home. In 2008, we spent our winter here. Would we be able to survive three months on an island of 3,500? Would we enjoy the simplicity of less is best when we actually had to live that realtiy? Yes, we survived and we enjoyed every moment of what Montserrat has to offer. It may not be much, but it is more than enough.

It is now 2009 and we have come back home. I hope to share with you some of our adventures on the volcanic island of Montserrat.

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