Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Beginning...

My name is Kate and I decided to travel to The Virgin Islands for a couple of months. I have been here for about a week and a half and am loving every minute of it.  

Island life is nice, I could definitely get used to it.  The island I am on is St. John.  It is the most laid back and down-to-earth island of them all.  The daily life is easy (probably since I have no job), the food is good, the scenery is unbeatable, and for the most part the company is good (except when you're driving the wrong way and get honked at a lot).

I am staying in a cottage on the south side of the island.  I rented from this awesome guy who actually lives here in one of the villas.  There are two villas and my cottage that all share a pool.  I have a beautiful view of the ocean, the hills of St. John, and parts of St. Thomas (the island you have to fly in to, then you take a boat to get to St. John).  

Two-thirds of the island is National Park, so there isn't a lot of building going on except in the designated areas.  It makes for nice views, wild animals (donkeys, roosters, cats, and goats to name a few), and a lot of great places to explore.

So far, I have pretty much done as little as possible here.  That was my plan.  It's worked out well.  I've seen a lot of gorgeous beaches (slept on most of them), read a lot, gone snorkeling, hung out by the pool, journaled, gone out for drinks, written letters and postcards, learned how to drive on the left side of the road and up and down treacherous hills (anyone who's been here knows what I'm talking about), slept a lot, cooked every night I've been here which has been extremely rewarding, gone jogging, done yoga, meditated on the beach, floated in the ocean, and seen some of the most gorgeous views I think I will ever experience.  

Today I am red and am staying indoors (hence me finally starting this blog). Yesterday I fell asleep at the beach without wearing any sunscreen, not smart.  I definitely learned my lesson, though it's a painful one.  I am happy to say that I am finally unpacking as well (so far it has always seemed like work, something I did not want to do while I was here).  Trying to do as little as possible is great, though I think I'm starting to get used to it which could be bad for my future but for now it's heavenly... which is exactly what matters. "LIVE IN THE MOMENT"  -  that's been my mantra here, something I definitely wanted to live by.  I don't want to be here thinking that I have to get this done or that done, or go to this place or that.  I just want to do whatever it is I feel like doing every time my eyes open in the morning. It's been a learning curve, that's for sure.  I've always been so go, go, go with work and well just life in general that making yourself not go, go, go can take a little getting used to.  But trust me, it's well worth it and so wonderful when you do.