Recently visiting my sister in Grand Cayman got me thinking about what it’s like to live in somewhere that most people see as “paradise”. I think George Clooney’s character sums is up perfectly in The Decedents: “My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Like a permanent vacation. We’re all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?”
I sat down with my sister to get her thoughts as well, which support the above quote despite this pretty picture below.
Me: What’s the thing you miss the most about the US?
Sister Jansen: Excellent customer service. Customer service “professionals” in Cayman treat customers coming into their places of business like an inconvenience. It’s very strange. Also trash removal! There is trash everywhere on the island and has event been made into kind of public art…. see the lovely flip flop tree below.
Me: Most annoying thing that tourists do in your new home country?
SJ: They walk and drive extremely slow. It’s nice when you’re on vacation to slow down, it’s not nice to be slowed down when trying to get to the grocery store.
Me: What advice would you give to people wanting to move to an island?
SJ: Make sure and realize it is not a permanent vacation, it’s life – life without any of your usual resources. Remember to look into work permit process and restrictions as well – this will absolutely dictate what type of life you’ll have in any foreign country.
Me: What do you not miss about the US?
SJ: Nothing, the US is amazing.
Me: Would you ever move to another island or tropical tourist destination?
SJ: No absolutely not.
Me: For people who actually want to visit Grand Cayman, what are some cool things to do?
Me: Last question, do you feel as if you’re in Pirates of the Caribbean each day?
SJ: Somewhat yes. Cost of living is so high it took all my gold, so I am constantly searching for treasure much like Captain Jack Sparrow.* Just waiting for the opportune moment.
* there is this
that happens annually in Grand Cayman.