Working and living in the Caribbean, Nevis. Holiday at St. Maarten, Anguilla and Dominica

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The Caribbean!!!
30 September 2006 I left my home town for my first long time away outside Europe. I studied in Amsterdam and I had to do an internship for my study Sports, Management & Business. I moved to a small Caribbean island: Nevis, 36miles2.
So with only my backpack I flew to Nevis. I tought I booked a cheap ticket. I did, but from Amsterdam I went to London, to Newark to Puerto Rico to Nevis where I arrived 38 hours after I left Amsterdam... Welcome to the Caribbean! The start for five months of fun!
I got myself a place to live with the only employer of my boss. My house mate was a local guy, a top sporter in biking and triathlon, and a real rastafarai. He was growing his own plants on the mountain. But nobody was supposed to know.
I worked for a local guy who had his own mountain bike tour & repair shop and he was the director of the local triathlon club.
Nevis
My assignments where to organize the 5th annual international triathlon, starting a kids department triathlon and promote the mountain bike tours on the island to tourist, in other words I had to improve the on island marketing and increase the business.
The first two weeks was the most difficult time of my stay on the island. I didn't know anybody, didn't know anything and didn't know where to go. When I was settled in I had the best time ever. My work day started 11am and I worked until 7pm. My office was a table in a bar of a beach resort. My boss had a shop at the same beach, but there was no space nor internet connection for me to work, so I moved in to the beach bar. The best office I ever had. Three meters away of the beach and 25 meters away of the ocean with a stunning view of St.
Kitts. It was amazing.
After work hours I got myself a meal some where in a local place or from people who sold their foods on the streets. Got a shower at home. Always a cold one, because there was no hot water. We never locked the door of the house, because it was simple unneccersary. Nevis is one of the safest islands. Reasons for this is that it's so small, every body knows each other and every body is keeping an eye on every thing. I think my neighbours where spying on me, because every time I took a friend home, my house mate knew it the same day.
So after the shower it was time to relax and getting ready for a party. The island was small, but each night there was a different place to go. Monday was Chevies, Tuesday was Oualie, Wednesday was Eddie's, Thursday was Nisbett Plantation, Friday was hanging out at the beach with friends, Saturday was the one and only club the Courtyard and Sunday was an easy night at home.
And that for five months. I hang out with a few other internationals and a few locals and we had so much fun.
I went a few time on a catamaran boat trip with a friend, slept in the most exclusive resort of the island, Four Seasons, for free and participated in triathlon races (which I never done before). I trained in the mornings before I started work and biked around the island once or twice. The road around the island was only 32km/20miles, so it was a good work out. Especially because it wasn't too hot then.
It was my first Xmas away from home. At home I really don't like Xmas. Getting nuts of those terrible old songs, bad weather and family reunions... Not my way of having a good time. Xmas in the Caribbean is amazing. Only two weeks in advance people start decorating and xmas songs are in reggea style.
This was my office. Where I worked was next to this Beach Resort Oualie where I could use the internet. So my office was a bar table. 3 meters away from the beach. Couldn't be better :-)
The best style there is :-) Back home it's dark wet weather, here it was a xmas tree under a palm tree in the sun by 25/78 degrees. Nothing better than that. I just loved it.

The people in Nevis are really friendly. Within three weeks a lot of people knew me, who I was and where I lived. They knew me, but I had no idea who they were... Day and night I could catch a ride knowing it was safe to do. Waiting for busses could take at least half an hour since there don't exist schedules. Things on nevis are expensive. Since it's such a small island they have to import what ever they need. Prices are comparable with the ones of Great Brittain.
Nevis has beautiful nature and many things to do. From mountain biking, sea kayaking, diving, wind surfing, sailing and hiking to a long history with historical sides, culinair restaurants, beautiful beaches and local Caribbean nightlife and live music.
First house

St. Kitts is Nevis' larger sister island. The official government is based here. St. Kitts is more lifely and criminal than Nevis. Much more things are going on. Personally I prefer Nevis. On new years day I went to St. Kitts to go to the carnival. It was a lot of fun.
Twice I went on holiday. First week was to St. Maarten and Anguilla. St. Maarten is so much fun, especially the Dutch part where all the bars and clubs are. The nightlife is amazing.  Shopping is great too. Many shops and good prices. Anguilla is a peaceful quiet island, which can be reached by ferry from the French part of St. Maarten.  Not much to do, except if you like to spend all your days on beaches so gorgeous and beautiful that you think you're dreaming.
My second week I spend in Dominica.
My second house... What happend???
In Dominica are still the original inhabitants of the Caribbean, the Indians. One of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies is shot here. Rain forest covers the island and many tropical fruits grow all around the island. I did a hike to the highest mountain of the island, Morne Diablotin, an island round trip and wale watching. That was absolutely amazing. Dominica is an eco-destination.

But after five months it was time to go back home again. I finished my work with success and my teachers back home gave me my study points. I didn't wanna go back, because it was so great! But coming back home I had to start my graduation project. At that moment graduating was my number one priority. So I went home and July 2007 I graduated.
In October 2007 I went back to Nevis for a two-week holiday and it felt like coming home....

Globevoyager says:
I had the best time of my life!!!
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
Koralifix says:
Sounds like a totally different but amazing experience!
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
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The Caribbean!!!
The Caribbean!!!
Nevis
Nevis
This was my office. Where I worked…
This was my office. Where I worke…
First house
First house
My second house... What happend???
My second house... What happend???
Bike shop of my boss
Bike shop of my boss
My office :-) :p
My office :-) :p
Hike to the vulcano mountain on th…
Hike to the vulcano mountain on t…
Nevis is full of Velvet Green Monk…
Nevis is full of Velvet Green Mon…
Xmas with my friends
Xmas with my friends
Xmas
Xmas
Sunset at Oualie Beach
Sunset at Oualie Beach
Oualie Beach
Oualie Beach
View of St. Kitts
View of St. Kitts
Dinner with friends
Dinner with friends
I found a puppy.
I found a puppy.
Bike race. Bikers came from a few …
Bike race. Bikers came from a few…
I got in 4th of the 10 women. Not …
I got in 4th of the 10 women. Not…
Teaching triathlon to kids of Nevi…
Teaching triathlon to kids of Nev…
Carnival at St. Kitts
Carnival at St. Kitts
Carnival at St. Kitts
Carnival at St. Kitts
Carnival at St. Kitts
Carnival at St. Kitts
Part of an old sugar mill
Part of an old sugar mill
Hanging out at the beach with frie…
Hanging out at the beach with fri…
My friends
My friends