My husband and I grew weary of life in the fast lane, where free time was something we paid for and leaving behind a mobile device created separation anxiety. We thought of moving to a peaceful place near the ocean where afternoon siestas reign supreme over productivity and neighbors (whose names you actually know) pop over for afternoon rum punch. After some preliminary research, a one week island hopping trip and six months of planning and preparation, we relocated from the desert of the southwestern U.S. to the tropical French Caribbean island of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. We rid ourselves of material possessions, said goodbye to Amazon Prime free same-day delivery, and explained to our then ten year old daughter that island fever is just a state of mind. Now, we wake up each morning to the sound of crashing waves (and rooster crows). This blog covers our adventure and is meant to inspire. The title, “Bonvini a Gwadloup!,” means “Welcome to Guadeloupe!” in the local Créole dialect. Enjoy!
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