November 21, 2011

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Tortola’s ‘Bird Sanctuary’ (and its only hostel)

Night Heron

A hundred yards or so from Josiah’s Bay Beach, on the East End of Tortola, lies a slightly scruffy, nondescript property worth knowing about. The Near D Beach Hostel and Bird Sanctuary is a unique place: the only hostel I know of in the Virgin Islands, and a place to observe the myriad bird species […]

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November 16, 2011

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Fungi, Quelbe, Scratch – the VI’s old-time music

This weekend, Nov. 18-19, is the fifth annual Fungi Fest in the BVI. I am a bone fide fungi fiend; I love the sweet, sassy, and infectious sound of this unique island music. In honor of the upcoming event I am sharing the following from Moon Virgin Islands. “The traditional music form of the Virgin […]

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November 14, 2011

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News clipping: New York Times on pepper sauce

I recommend this delightful article from the New York Times about pepper sauce in the Caribbean. I don’t have what it takes to consume as much heat as Mr Gross does, but I can attest that he has faithfully captured the ambiance and mystery surrounding this ubiquitous condiment. Happy reading.

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November 11, 2011

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Eating on Vacation

My friend Sara recently came to visit. One risk of entertaining a writer, especially a writer who produces several blog posts and columns each week, is that you will wind up in print. Well, the inevitable happened, and Sara’s column about the meals she ate on her Virgin Islands vacation appeared on the Daily Gazette […]

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November 4, 2011

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Election Day, BVI style

Monday, 7 November, is Election Day in the British Virgin Islands. Election campaigns here are a colorful affair: calypso campaign songs, impassioned speeches, aggressive campaigning and interesting personalities. But elections are taken very seriously. All campaign signs must be removed by midnight, the sale of alcohol on Election Day is banned and voters and election […]

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October 30, 2011

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News clipping: Toronto Star on Peter Island

You know winter is coming when travel pieces about the Caribbean start popping up in the press with increasing frequency. (Heck, you know winter is coming when snow blankets the Northeast, but never mind that — some surfers I know are awfully excited about the waves that particular cold front will be bringing the VI.) […]

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October 28, 2011

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Houston Chronicle on St. John’s wildlife

St. John is a favorite of travel writers. This week’s clipping: freelance writer Amy Laughinghouse on the caterpillars, sea creatures and dangerous plants she encountered during a week on St. John. Published by the Houston Chronicle on October 26, 2011.

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October 27, 2011

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Just another day on Norman Island

sting ray

I love to visit the ‘out islands’ of the BVI: Norman, Cooper, Peter, Salt, Ginger, and the rest. There is something about crossing the water to another island that causes your worries to melt away. And with little more than a beach and a beach bar to entertain you, the day ahead is one of […]

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October 18, 2011

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Off the beaten track: hiking at Shark Bay National Park

bat cave

Shark Bay is one of the newest national parks in the British Virgin Islands and probably the least well-known. Declared in 1999, the 18.4 acre park on a headland just east of Brewer’s Bay, Tortola, is one of my favourite places to hike in the BVI. Shark Bay proper is a small, rocky, windswept bay […]

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October 13, 2011

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The Way We Were: BVI culture in days gone by

Fritz Henle photograph

Who has not entertained a fantasy of quitting your job and living the simple life on a quiet tropical island? Living in a house you built by hand, surviving off the bounty of sea and land, warmed by the love of your family. If you’d like to ponder this particular dream a bit longer, pick […]

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