If you got the chance to live on a South Sea Island of Romance, would you take it?

Ever since I was small and read R L Stevenson’s Treasure Island I wanted to travel and get as far away from freezing cold, wet and windy, dull and dreich Edinburgh as possible. So, when I got the chance to work  in the Republic of Kiribati – a necklace of coral atolls straddling the equator, with turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees, pleasantly warm without humidity, tempered by balmy winds and inhabited by the friendly, lovable Micronesian people – I jumped at it. Adventure here I come!

However, I would be telling fibs if I said every day on my South Sea Island of Romance had been an adventure. Far from it. Most days were like most days anywhere ie: work (which in my case was teaching) followed by some rest and relaxation and sleep – and not a pirate or swashbuckler in sight. And I would be telling more fibs if I said there were no problems on my Treasure Island. While enjoyable most of the time,  living in the middle of the Pacific, on the route to nowhere, on a coral atoll (which is basically a long strip of sand covered in coconut palms) was not always easy. What do you think the hardest things were to get used to?  I’ll let you know if you’re right in my next blog post in a few days 🙂

ps: If you got the chance to live on a South Sea Island of Romance, would you take it?

middle photos courtesy of Lagoon Breeze Lodge 

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8 Responses to If you got the chance to live on a South Sea Island of Romance, would you take it?

  1. Wendy says:

    Did you miss family? marmite? nice tea?
    I wouldn’t choose to live on an idyllic romantic south Sea island because I live in an idyllic, romantic West Sussex village!

  2. Marianne Wheelaghan says:

    yes, I missed my family but not too much and I brought marmite and tea with me …

    Your village sounds lovely. I must admit I actually quite like Edinburgh now, though still hate the dreich weather! ;o)

  3. fiona says:

    Beautiful photos. The joy with teaching is that you can live anywhere. I think we all dream of desert islands but the grass is always greener, as they say! Every place, however beautiful, has its issues. Looking forward to your next post. I think as writers, the allure of travel is often there.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Thanks. And I agree, there are always issues wherever you go …although some places have more issues than others ;o) And, yes, maybe writers tend to be attracted to the idea travel … it’s an interesting thought. Certainly, being a teacher has meant I have found work wherever I have moved to – whether Spain, Germany or the Pacific. And the other great thing about being a teacher is that it is a wonderful way of getting to know the community you live in.

  4. john gray says:

    Being mid January in Scotland and looking at the sleet outside my window, the thought of living and working on a south pacific island is very very appealling. I can see myself cycling to work amidst coconut trees, a warm gentle breeze blowing over me. Lovely ladies in grass skirts waving to me as I cycle by…. My weekends are spent fishing in the turquoise lagoon, no dreaded trips to the supermarket. Dream on…..

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      ha ha ha, I take it that’s a yes ≠ and you’re absolutely right, there are definitely no trips to the supermarket for the weekly shop ;o)

  5. Adrienne Allan says:

    Apart from family and friends, I would miss having mains electricity, hot running water whenever I wanted it and a flushing toilet the most (based on the conditions your character DS Louisa Townsend finds in Tarawa). I don’t think I could live like that permanently but would probably cope for a holiday.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Yes, I agree with all of the above but I especially hated not being able to have a hot shower, especially first thing in the morning – yes, you can call me a whimp! In fact, after the first year of living on Tarawa I brought an electric shower back with me in my luggage, had it installed and it was bliss ;o)

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