“Of course, of course! Come on in!” Carey says, and waves me in. A little startled, I follow him into his shack and into a shack full of more women’s underwear than I’ve ever seen outside of a department store. Carey explains that this is his collection, and that he’s trying to break the world record for women’s underwear. He assures me that it’s nothing rude, crude, perverted. All the underwear is donated freely.
I think our car is homesick We drive a 2009 Honda Fit RS, a model generally only available in Japan. The Fit is the most common car on the island. In the average Caymanian parking lot, you will see two or three Fits parked, Alabaster Silver, Mystic Yellow, Milano Red, gleaming in the tropical sun (our par…Read more A Homesick Car
Day 58-77 We move into a new apartment with a view of the ocean on the south side of the island. Through the palm trees and the villa style arches of the patio the ocean looks like a calm lake, clouds shimmering in the water, the waves breaking in the distance. In the mornings the…Read more Welcome to the Rest of Your Life Pt. 2
Is this really Christmas in the Cayman Islands or is this a dream? Our lives have changed so much in five years. When we first got married we were small town people used to life in Idaho moving to the big city of Boston. Now we’re big city folks living in a small town in the tropics...We hold on to Christmas traditions as a lifeline to our former lives, a bridge of hope into our new lives.
The First Rain on the Island Day 20 After three and a half weeks on the island it finally rains. The weather app on our phones forecasted rain every weekend we’ve been here. We expect rain at least three times a week. For three weeks there is nothing (read: lots of sunshine) even as dark…Read more The First Rain and Natalie’s Birthday
Day 8 -14 New Apartment With the help of a man everyone in the office calls Mr. Derrick, we moved to corporate housing this week. He is always Mr. Derrick, while his boss is known as David. As far as I know, Mr. Derrick’s responsibilities in the office are to drive the office van to…Read more Olding Days, Christmas Trees, and Thanksgiving
Day 4-7 I made a terrible discovery today about the island at work. There. Is. No. McDonalds. We’re so far from “civilization” that the gospel of McDonalds hasn’t reached these tropical shores. I don’t even eat McDonalds that much (those fries and hash browns though…), but I never thought I’d go somewhere that DIDN’T have…Read more Accents and the First Week of Work