On Sunday, we spent the day starting at 12am flying to Toronto and then to St. Maarten. Remy did extremely well on the flight and slept for a good part of both of them. We stayed the night in St. Maarten and then Monday afternoon we boarded our 20 minute flight to St. Eustatius. We were both nervous and excited to see our new home. Todd Erickson and Randall Cooper picked us up at the airport. I can't tell you how relieved I was to see them. They then took us to our little apartment and then grocery shopping and then we went to the beach. They beach is awesome! The water is so warm and the sand is black. Remy was a little skeptical at first I think because of the sound of the waves but she warmed up quickly and by the end of the evening at the beach she was asleep on Joel's shoulder. She barely slept at all Monday night partly because of the heat but I think it was mainly because she was scared and didn't know what was going on. Tuesday and Wednesday we spent just getting settled.
Statia is a pretty small island but it is extremely hilly. We don't have a car right now and weren't sure if we would really need one but we have since realized that we have to get a car as soon as possible. It would be fine walking to the grocery store and to the beach but to walk back home would be killer! It is so steep and would be uphill the whole way.
Grocery shopping is also interesting and makes us quite home sick. I would kill for a Walmart or Superstore! When we told people we were moving here they all told us we would be eating healthier because everything would be fresh and there wouldn't be as much junk. Well let me tell you that is NOT the case. Statia grows almost nothing for its self. Some people have fruit trees in their yards. But that fruit isn't sold in the stores. For fruit all I've seen is a few apples and maybe oranges. Vegetables: Cucumbers, broccoli, lettuce, peppers, onions and potatoes, and you can get frozen peas, corn and beans. There's probably (hopefully) a bit more that we'll find when we shop a few more times. We found some Tostitos chips in one place and they're like $8.50 for a big bag! Todd showed us a type of pop that's bottled in Jamaica called Ting. It's made from grapefruit and it's really good.