Well, folks, 2 bags and a pack is moving once again. More adventure is in store, but this time in the Caribbean. An explanation:
For some time now, I’ve expected my stay in Batam would end in August. My last work permit was only for 6 months, ending mid-August, and with the addition of two members of the owner’s family to the staff, I was seeing my duties transferred gradually. As I always do, however, I continued to send out resumes to postings that sounded interesting.
As it often happens in my life, the two situations dovetailed. I applied to an English-language weekly newspaper in St. Kitts and Nevis in the British Virgin Islands (The St. Kitts and Nevis Observer), but initially had to take myself out of consideration because my daughter and granddaughter were coming to visit and I wasn’t going to jeopardize that for anything. But then, two months later (while I was boarding the plane in Yogyakarta to fly back to Batam), the newspaper owner called me from the other side of the world to say the position was open again.
This morning, I asked my boss about my current situation and he couldn’t guarantee I would be needed after August. So I am taking the new job. I will be leaving Batam in 3 weeks, having spent 2 years and 7 months here.
St. Kitts and Nevis are two small islands in the Eastern Caribbean with a total population of about 50,000, 15,000 of those on Nevis. It is an almost all black environemtn, but there are many expats living there and cruise lines work the island. Nevis, where I will live and work, has a number of white sandy beaches, so maybe I can get back into fishing.
My job will be sort of a jack of all trades of writing, photography, editing and design. I will be responsible for coverage on Nevis, with another reporter. As compensation, I receive a small salary, a 2-bedroom apartment and a car. Once again, I will be cooking my own meals, doing my own laundry and cleaning my apartment. Those perks I receive here and will be missed.
The apartment is in a t-story house owned by a retired couple and there is space for a garden. The apartment is a one minute walk from the office. It does not have air conditioning but has fans, is fully furnished and has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
The butterflies are back, my friends. A long trip through London is in store – with my 2 bags and a pack. And once again, I will be almost in the same time zone as my U.S. East Coast friends. Check it out: