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Today millions of Americans around the world have and maybe still are stuffing their faces with yummy delights all in the name of giving thanks… Of course you don’t have to explain this twice to any Caribbean Islander since where there’s food we’re usually there.

All jokes aside even though today is not a typical Caribbean Holiday and it really has absolutely nothing to do with our history. It has still become a special celebration; uniting families even if it’s at your near by “Thanksgiving” buffet.

In honor of Thanksgiving I have decided to put together a list of 20 reasons why I’m grateful for my Island Life.

1. #nofilter; Experience true Natural Beauty! From pink sandy beaches to hidden caves, encountering exotic flowers and creatures on the way to breathtaking natural pools. Island living offers fantastic experiences that remind us everyday how wonderful life really is.

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2. A Melting Pot of Cultures; Born on the island of Bonaire we where raised to respect our heritage. From our first inhabitants the Caquetio Indians, to our Dutch, Hispanic, British, African, Chinese and many MANY other additions that make the Bonairean population of today. All Caribbean islands are mixed in their own beautiful way. That’s what makes each island so unique.

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3. The Food!; With such a variety of Cultures comes the fantastic assortment of flavors that have been incorporated throughout the years creating mouth watering delights to satisfy any food lover. Some of our dishes may literally take your breath away when you realize that nothing… I really mean NOTHING goes to waste in the Caribbean. There is always enough spices to make even tripe taste absolutely fantastic!

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4. Playing Tourist; Unlike the Malibu commercials we do have bills to pay and taking life easy isn’t always an option. Feeling like a tourist in the Caribbean is a must do even when living the island life.

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5. Fruit Season; All year long I dream of Mangos, Sugar Apples and Keneps. But once the first Flamboyant Flowers start to bloom I know the season is near and I’ll be able to gorge myself with many tropical fruits from my yard… the neighbors yard… and my friend’s yard!

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6. Vitamin Sea; I’m not too fond of the sand on my skin but I do enjoy beach hopping by boat and jumping into the clear blue waters surrounding our home.

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7. The Stars; Living in Amsterdam as a teenager I truly missed being able to see the sky at night. Now living back on the island for the past 8 years I’ve been enjoying the beautiful night sky under the natural light of the moon and stars!

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photo by: www.artnphotography.com

8. Island Time; Yes we complain about the speed of smell that everything happens on the island. From our internet speed, power outages and seriously sloooooow bank service. But honestly I wouldn’t change this to be back in the city where everything is on a tight schedule, people are stressed and rushing all over the place. I have come to appreciate the charm of Island Time all over again.

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9. Barefoot Babies; Living on the island, especially being a mom I appreciate the fact that my child can run wild and free of shoes and clothing.

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10. One good thing about Music…. When it hits you feel no pain; Bob certainly had the right idea… Caribbean music just makes you happy. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that.

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11. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta; Every year I look forward to this beautiful event which brings exciting Sailing and Music combined into one amazing experience for participants, tourists and locals alike! #givememyheineken

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12. August Monday; Anguilla has one of the best beach parties in the Caribbean. This is an experience of a lifetime that you’ll have to come and witness for yourself. My husband and I actually got engaged on August Monday! Yes we where quite wasted… and no #noregrets

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13. Carnival; The music might sound like noise to some but Carnival Season is one of the most loved attractions on many Caribbean Islands. The gorgeous bright colored costumes and smiling faces as your heart beats to the sound of the Soca, Tumba or Calypso music! Each island has their own way of celebrating Carnival but one thing they all have in common is that it always brings the community together for a fantastic time.

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14. Dia di Rincon; My favorite Celebration on Bonaire which honors our Culture and Heritage with of course local Food, Folkloric Music and traditional dancing.

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15. Sunsets on the beach; Well to be fair… sunsets period! Just look at those colors!

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16. Speaking Different Languages; Most caribbean people can speak and sometimes write more than one language. I for one can actually speak and write 4.

17. Bright colored buildings and houses; What better to compliment our natural bright blue skies than crazy yellow, pink, purple and caribbean blue painted structures.

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18. Fresh Fish; Being a fisherman’s wife there is nothing better than your husband coming home with a batch of fresh Tuna, Mahi and Snook just to name a few.

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19. Island Hopping; Surrounded by different inhabited and uninhabited islands around Sint Maarten… this is most definitely one of my favorite past times. You can have breakfast on St. Maarten, Lunch in Anguilla and Dinner in St. Barths all in one magical Island Hopping day!

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20. Waking up to island life; Every day I’m grateful to the life that I have been given. I am not particularly a religious person nor do I pretend to know how all of this magic around us exists. All I know is that I’m Grateful for this Island Life that has been gifted to me and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

There you have it. 20 reasons to be grateful for my Island life! Even though I could give you a 100 more…!

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