Adjusting to Dominica

We went to the beach a few days ago and it was by far the most gorgeous day we have enjoyed here yet. The sunshine made the ocean look like liquid gold, the breeze was perfect, the sky was a cloudless blue, and the boys (Dave and PJ) were having a blast chasing after eachother in the sand. The catch? I forgot my camera, of course! So, instead of posting pictures and a short synopsyis about that day, I'm going to post about my adjustment here in Dominica.

Things I am getting used to:
  • Seeing cows every single day on my walk to campus.
  • Using a propane stove/oven and learning the (unmarked) cooking temperature.
  • Killing ants. I'm a pro! Maybe I should start an extermination business back at home...
  • Adapting to not being able to find what I need in the grocery store all the time. Need 2% milk for a recipe? Shelf milk will work! No hamburger buns? Two pieces of bread will be fine!
  • The walking. Dave likes to study at the furthest study hall from our apartment, go figure. I'm going to be in amazing shape by the time I leave this island.
  • The weather. It'll be a beautiful sunny day and ten minutes later there is a torrential down pour and you're wondering what you've ever done in life to deserve to be so miserably soaked. Ok, maybe that's a little too dramatic.
  • Bugs! I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I'm actually getting used to the little devils. I can't tolerate them in my apartment, but I don't feel overly disgusted when I see them any where else anymore.
  • Converting Eastern Caribbean Currency ("EC") into USD without a calculator - woohoo!!!
  • Giving PJ showers since we don't have a bathtub.
Well, thats all for now. I'm going to go curl up in my bed and keep fighting off this cold.


  1. Sounds like it was a nice day even if you didn't get to take pictures. Also, sounds like you've adjusted pretty well to life there. I hope all is going well!

  2. I warned you about the rain! Life there is nice though, I'm missing it so bad and can't wait to get back!

  3. A few inconveniences, but overall, it sounds like an exciting adventure! Keep writing!

  4. Oh, and hey, can you write about how you and Dave met? Maybe I missed it here! You're just so adorable together :)

  5. Nikki-- Everything is going amazingly. I wish you could come visit sometime!!

    Tracy--haha, I guess you can't really grasp the concept of Dominican rain until you experience yourself. Or are from Seattle :D

    Anonymous--Aww, thank you that was sweet of you to say! I would love to share the story of how Dave and I met- he's one of my favorite subjects to write about after all! Stay tuned.