As you may already know I am a Trinidadian and have been living in the BVI (British Virgin Islands) since 2000 and just thought I would share five reasons why I love living in the BVI.
- The beautiful turquoise water of the ocean: Before I arrived I saw magazines with photos of the beautiful beaches and honestly I thought the photos were ‘doctored’. Now I know the color of the water of the beach is actual turquoise like that in the photos. After so many years I am still amazed.
- In the BVI we have a tradition that we greet everyone we see on the street whether we know them or not. I remember a few years on my visit to Trinidad my home town, my husband and walked out to the main road from my mother’s house. I greeted people on the street as they passed by, as we normally do in the BVI. One person didn’t respond, some responded with a bit of reluctance. Then I remembered it is not really a tradition to greet people we don’t know in Trinidad. So I had to remember to turn off that part of me, until I return to the BVI. When my daughter first arrived to the territory in 2004, she just could not understand how I could be greeting every body on the street. It took her a while to adjust to the tradition!
- I feel safe: I like to go for an early morning walk when the air is clean, traffic is at a minimum. Most times I leave my home about 4:30 in the morning and I feel safe during my early morning walks. There are a few crimes in the territory but it is on the lower end of the scale. About twice I forgot my purse at the grocery store and got it back with all the contents in place! The first time it happened to me I panicked. When returned to the grocery store and spoke to the supervisor, my purse was waiting for me. Apparently some one found it took it in to the supervisor’s office! I was so grateful!
- I appreciate my accent: when people hear me speak they ask me if I am a Trinidadian after just speaking just a few words. I am encouraged not to hide my accent. One of my experiences being in the BVI, is that I meet many people from the different Caribbean islands e.g. St. Vincent, Jamaica, Nevis, Antigua and Grenada. When I meet new people, it’s fun trying to figure out where they are from by listening to their accents. I have problems identifying the Grenadian accent because I find that is very similar to the Trinidadian accent.
- My first job in the BVI was at an automobile company and during my lunch hour I would drive home. This commute would take me approximately 7 minutes! During this time, occasionally I would prepare lunch, eat and still have some extra time to relax before returning to work. I have heard some people complain about the traffic and I tell them that they need to travel to those larger countries and then they will really experience TRAFFIC!!!