So it appears that we may have a preliminary decision for the island destination. Now, this is by no means set in stone, and I am not unrealistic when it comes to the changes that can occur over the next five years. That being said, I feel like you have to start somewhere if your goals are to be attained. You need a focal point, of sorts.
That focal point, barring any unforeseen complications, will be St Thomas, USVI. The backups are about equal in priority; they are Grand Cayman and Barbados. (I’d rather Barbados, he’d rather GC.)
I do think the USVI will work well; easy access to the rest of the VI, and easy access to the kids. We can spend the day on St John or Tortola, spend the day at the Baths in Virgin Gorda, or go watch the sunset over Christianstaad. That ease of access is why Barbados isn’t #1 for me. It’s pretty far away, and we want to be able to get to the kids fast if we need to, and we don’t want it to bankrupt them to come to us, either. I’m slightly concerned about the fact that it is still a US territory; part of the point here is that I want out of the political firestorm that’s brewing. If by some change, the republicans win the election this fall, life is going to change for women. (In fact, it already has!) The good ol’ boy club wants to set women’s rights back a few hundred years, objectifying us as property and taking up permanent residence in our vaginas. Not my idea of fun. So part of the research for me will be to see how far the laws on the mainland affect the “territories” that the US controls. That could definitely cause a shift in priority, depending on what I find out.
There’s a little part of me that does wonder if the Scientist will back out. It isn’t like I’ll be pissed off if he does, especially since I know full well that he doesn’t do change, and this will be one of the biggest changes of his life. We’ll see what happens, though.
So that’s where we’re at, for now. I’m a bit more at peace, having a point of reference so I can start the processes. Tax laws, ex-pat laws, citizenship considerations (for the backups), all of that has to start somewhere. It’s nice to feel a little more settled into some semblance of a plan.
In the meantime, I offer this shot of the Charlotte Amalie harbor, in St Thomas: