Saturday, March 19, 2011

Around the World

Today I am joining "Around the World in a Day," a Linky party hosted by Laura at Happy Homemaker UK. Stop by her blog to meet other expats living around the world, and experience what a day is like in their lives. If you are joining me today from the party . . . Welcome!! I hope you enjoy this small taste of my life in the Caribbean.

My husband and I are from South Carolina, but we are living in Grenada for a couple years while he attends medical school here at St. George's University.

We are actually living in a dorm room on campus, so in some ways, I feel like I'm back in college!

There are some lovely houses on the island, and I have many friends that live off-campus in a two bedroom home with a living room and a full kitchen. However, Ryan likes the convenience of being just a couple minutes' walk from classes and the library. And since we really are here for him, I'm happy to put up with some minor inconveniences along the way.

This is what I see each time I walk outside - can't complain about that!

The campus is located on the southern tip of the island, so there are views of the Caribbean Sea on both sides.

Grenada is located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean, just north of Venezuala. The island is only 133 square miles and has a population of about 100,000. Grenada is very mountainous, and has several breathtaking waterfalls. We hiked one of the mountains during our first couple weeks here last February.

For the outdoor-enthusiast, you will never tire of beautiful hiking trails, which offer a firsthand look at the gorgeous wildlife in Grenada.

The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. You'll find miles of white sand where you can relax. Or spend an afternoon snorkeling or scuba diving in the clear water.

Fresh produce and an abundance of spices are sold at the outdoor market in the capital city of St. George's.

I usually do most of my grocery shopping at the IGA just a few minutes from campus. The school provides buses to several locations in the area free of charge to students and faculty. And since we live on campus, we just ride the bus to the grocery store and the beach instead of buying a car. So that makes it interesting when I have to carry a week's worth of groceries on a tightly-packed bus by myself. Fortunately, Ryan usually comes with me. Most weeks I make several trips to the store because they never have everything in stock all at once. And meal planning is somewhat difficult, because you never know what you will be available on any given week. I've learned to adapt and be flexible, but it definitely makes me miss our large, fully-stocked grocery stores at home!

I'm so thankful to be living in such an amazing place for these two years!

Don't forget to join the rest of the party and read about more exciting destinations around the world.


  1. Wow, exciting! It may not be deluxe accomadations, but it sure is beautiful! From the pics, it looks like they speak that true? Since it's so close to S.America, I thought they might speak Spanish. My family lives in Spain and I blog about our life there. I am your latest follower. I look forward to finding out more about Grenada as I have never been there...i've been to other islands, but never that far south. It's nice to meet you!

  2. Hi Ashleigh! Thanks for stopping by! I just joined your blog as well and look forward to reading about your life in Spain. I've been to several countries in Europe, and Spain is on my short list of new places to visit! Yes, they do speak English here - Grenada is actually a British commonwealth. And the beauty definitely outweighs the fact that I'm living in a third world country. :) Nice to meet you, too!!

  3. your pictures are beautiful! I like seeing a little piece of your life there :)

  4. Lovely to read about your life, have a good week!

  5. Hi, just stopping by to say hi. Beautiful pictures. I could live in the Carribean for a while! Enjoy your time there.

  6. What an incredible place to be an ex-pat! You lucky, lucky thing. It looks gooooorgeous!!

    Isn't Laura's party an awesome idea? I love it!


  7. How I wish I could step through my monitor and smell/feel/hear the ocean. Your photos are so transporting! I love reading your story, and can't wait to follow how your adventure unfolds.

    Thank you so much for joining my Linky Party - it wouldn't have been the same without you! XOL

  8. Oh man, this is BEAUTIFUL! Can we trade, I could use an island vacation rather than Germany right about now, haha. Really like your blog, and looking forward to seeing more!
    Stopped over from Around the World in a Day hop and really glad I did. Have a great Sunday!


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