“I can’t believe that I have been here for a month now – it’s gone so quickly! The first couple of weeks were hectic: trying to sort out a house, get a car, get set up with a local doctor, insurance, work out where everything was. But it’s such a small Island that I already feel I know it pretty well.
I’m so glad I made the move. I’ve got a new house, which is nestled amongst palm trees and flowers, with a gorgeous swimming pool and a jacuzzi. I’ve met some really nice people and there’s already a group of about eight of us. The group keeps expanding as we meet more people – it’s so friendly.
Life in the Cayman Islands is also quite laid back. Outside of work, it’s too hot to rush around for anything. I just love life here. Because the Island is only 26 miles long there are a limited number of bars and restaurants – most of the action is on Seven Mile Beach. You have to work out which bar the party is at on any given night. Of course, after work you can also fit in a lot in the evenings – pretty much everywhere is within a five-mile radius of where I’m staying. And the daytime activities are unreal. A typical weekend involves: diving, scuba, sailing, golf, cycling, lying on the beach, eating, drinking, pool parties, salsa dancing…. and the weather is so reliable.
I’ve been sailing today with a friend and it was a little windy. It’s great to be back into dinghy sailing. The water is crystal clear and so warm – it’s lovely sailing in a bikini and a life vest. You can see the bottom of the ocean floor where the water is so clear. The sea looks like patches of bright turquoise and emerald. When we were out, I noticed a dark patch on the water and thought it could be some coral. I was getting ready to tack away but noticed the dark patch was moving towards us fairly quickly – it turned out to be a massive school of fish. There are all sorts of wildlife in the water. So far I have only snorkelled (diving later) and have seen lots of fish, barracuda, stingrays, turtles. It’s a pretty good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The weather is hot every day except for when there is a tropical storm… quite an eye-opener the first time. It pours for about half an hour then the sun comes out and the rain just steams away!
Since most people have left home to move over here, pretty much everyone is up for getting the most out of every single day. On Friday we went to a party in a beach bar – the best night I have had so far. We bumped into some of the Caymanians that I work with and they insisted I sample some of the local coconut rum before hitting the dance floor. That’s it for now. I hope you are well and hopefully we’ll speak soon!”