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post #3 of Old 07-31-2003
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BVI charter report


Thanks for your report. We just returned from 10-day cruise in the BVIs and had somewhat different experiences with locals.

When we made the effort to converse with them beyond the business aspect of our dealing (buying food, items, paying for a mooring, etc.), we found a lot of the service people were recently from other Caribbean countries. In many cases, they were fleeing much more undesirable conditions and were both glad to be in a better situation and yet not entirely satisfied with their lot. Islanders who were born there or longtime residents seemed nicer to us overall - just a generalization.

Overall, we did notice the attitude at times like we customers were quite a bother to them, but that wasn''t the majority. Some were outstandingly courteous and helpful, but still a little reserved in their demeanor. Most were in that acceptable (to us) middle area.

My wife and I have both been Type A personalities for a lot of our lives, but we''re getting more relaxed over time. We quickly adjusted to "island time" even when it meant sitting around for an hour waiting for a taxi that was only 5 minutes away.

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