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The Great Trek

Our Journey to BVI

Travelling buddies

Travelling buddies

I don’t think people who book round the world tickets get to go on as long a trip as we did. We literally travelled for days to get to the BVI. We left Joburg international and our wonderful moms (miss you guys!) at 21:30 RSA time on Friday and only arrived on our island at 20:00 RSA time on the Sunday! Ash at the airport

Ash at the airport

Tash at the airport

Tash at the airport

On our flight to London, we celebrated the New Year in style by drinking a glass of really bad tasting sparkling wine and then falling asleep. The flight went quite quickly as we slept for most of it. Our 3 hour stop –over in London made us really appreciate the fact that we were off to somewhere with warm weather and sunshine as by the time we left London at 9am, it was still dark. Next stop Miami.

The flight to Miami was really not ideal – our TV systems didn’t work so we had nothing to watch the WHOLE way there! And we were sitting next to a guy who made crazy snorting noises at regular intervals – not so fun! At Miami airport we took the healthy option and had a Burger King Meal which was definitely overrated!

By this stage in the journey we were literally able to sleep standing up we were so broken! But one more flight to go. Miami to St Thomas (in the US Virgin Islands) was the shortest flight out of the three but definitely felt the longest! We arrived at the St Thomas airport and were greeted by a lovely lady offering us flavoured Rum shots – mmmm delicious!Rum @ the airport

Rum @ the airport

This perked us up for a while but still the only thing on our minds was getting to bed! We took a taxi (and got ripped off, need to learn to tell people we are not tourists!!!) to the hotel/motel and quickly jumped into bed.our hotel in St Thomas - sleepy time finally

our hotel in St Thomas - sleepy time finally

We woke up to beautiful island weather – NOT! It was raining and horrible and we were wondering what we’d got ourselves into!
Our first experience of island weather - St Thomas

Our first experience of island weather - St Thomas

]We taxied to the ferry in the rain but once on the Ferry the weather started to clear and we were finally on our way to our new home. The ferry ride was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Postcard views all around us!! And then we were finally ‘home’.ash at the ferry - not the one we travelled on tho!

ash at the ferry - not the one we travelled on tho!

On the Ferry to BVI

On the Ferry to BVI

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Our Villa, Jeep and Panoramic Views

including the Pink Palace and the South Africanised Suzuki

Upon final entry into Tortola, we were fetched at the ferry by Dara, a HR administrator who took us to fetch our car. Envisaging a glistening, gorgeous and shiny Jeep, we were pointed to our car…a battered, dinged and bashed Suzuki….our hearts sank. They continued to plummet when the car would not start for the first 15 minutes (and it continued to leave us “stranded” many a time until we figured out you need to give the gear a firm shove into park, a far cry from our delicate gear handling back home).

Off we went in search of our apartment. Following Dara, we were convinced we would arrive within seconds (the island is only 21 miles…) however, after an hour there was no sign of our villa. Getting lost corner after corner, we had to navigate up hills, down hills, master 8 point turns and reverse up and down many a driveway. The roads leading up the hill are, to put it extremely mildy, steep. Without a 4x4 they would be hard to navigate and we had to engage our 4x4 many times (yes, we had to ask how to do it first). The roads are also extremely uneven and there are portions where one tyre is on “higher ground” and you need to traverse this whilst avoiding oncoming traffic in the form of cars, trucks and taxis who drive in the middle of the road. Luckily we’ve had lots of experience thanks to the months of road works in Joburg!

Our driveway

Our driveway

At last, we pulled up to our house, affectionately nicknamed “The Pink Palace”. After visiting many a dilapidated house, we were relieved to find a beautiful house with an every better view. Sitting high up on the Cane Garden Bay mountain, we have a view that will make you envious. Luckily we have a patio to enjoy this and the beautiful sunsets that are on offer.

The Pink Palace

The Pink Palace

What a view!

What a view!

What a sunset!

What a sunset!

After a quick coin flip, Tash was awarded the bigger room with the patio, en suite bathroom and own TV and decoder. In order to be prudent and fair (yes we are auditors), the rooms will be swopped after 3 months. Everything in the house is new and it is fully kitted which is great…even down to an iPod speaker! The house also comes with roosters which we found out are everywhere on the island. Unfortunately, they seem to have rising habits that are slightly different to ours yet we have been promised to get used to this…watch this space. If we don’t get used to them we cannot be held responsible if they suddenly become extinct from the island!

Main bedroom

Main bedroom

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After unpacking and settling in, it was time to get our Suzuki South Africanised…by the addition of our South African flag mirror covers. This has also proved invaluable in finding the car in the parking lots – although ours is always the one with the most dents in it!

South Africanised Suzuki

South Africanised Suzuki

South Africanised Suzuki

South Africanised Suzuki

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