|By melody mcclendon (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 2:42 pm:|
We are thinking of relocating to either Bonaire or Curacao from the US. Please give me your opinion of either places.....schools, cost of living, crime, taking up residency, drug problems, job availability and wages for individuals without a college degree.....
|By ModCyn (Moderator - Post #789) on Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 2:57 pm:|
Melody, welcome to Bonaire Talk. You are not the first person to ask this question. I suggest you peruse through the topics in this area "moving to bonaire" it will be most helpful.
|By Vince DePietro-www.bonairebeachcondo.com (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1835) on Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 3:43 pm:|
Hello Melody. Be careful where you jump..you know the old saying from the pan into the fire!
|By michael gaynor (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3511) on Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 4:44 pm:|
in a word DON'T come without spending time to check it out personally. If you have young kids be warned they must learn two additional languages immediately. You will only be able to find low paying jobs if you are lucky. Crime and drugs are a fact of life where ever you go. You have to show that you can support yourself and family before you will be able to gain residency. Basically it may be better if you are interested in island living try a US island where you will have fewer hurdles. Most of the people who have tried what you propose fail unless they have unlimited funds.
|By David Johnson (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #498) on Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:53 pm:|
|By melody mcclendon (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Friday, January 2, 2009 - 1:09 am:|
David~~Thank you so much for your wonderful post!! And thank you to everyone else who took the time to offer help and suggestions!! But this post was thoughtful, insightful and ever so helpful. I enjoyed reading it. I have taken in all the suggestions you have offered. I have taken in and already previously researched most of these ideas but a few you have thought of were most helpful. I think we have decided to wait on our move as we have found that our children will suffer educationally due to the lack of fluently speaking the local languages. Even if we learned both as much as we could by August I am afraid it just wouldnt be enough to keep them in the loop educationally. We have very bright children and just wouldnt feel right holding them back another grade as it is believed they will do. I do wish ever so much it was legal to homeschool!! Perhaps as our children grow older we can come and live in such beauty. Or perhaps after deciding this IS what we want, we can better plan to learn the language in pleanty of time. We are leaving Kansas in August and we have free range of where we move.....this post helps us keep in mind what we need to consider no matter where we go next as a family.
|By Tami - you should see my queen angel tat (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #203) on Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 2:18 pm:|
i would also add to those people who would love to move to Bonaire..(and I know of which I speak because I grew up on a small island overseas)- to any American- go to your nearest Dollar store (or Dollar General)- that is going to be your main "big store type" on the island. Not even as diverse as Wal-Mart, and the quality is not even as good as that. Can you live with that? Now find the smallest town around you that still has a grocery store- that will about be your choice on the island- if that good. Now we own a condo on the island and we are trying to find the fixer-upper stuff that we need on island. Kind of difficult when the only curtains that we could find the last time ready-made were burgundy satin types!! Early bordello anyone!?
|By melody mcclendon (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 4:37 pm:|
Tami, funny you should suggest moving to Florida......that is just what we are doing! We are moving there in August. We have decided to wait until the children are out of school and we can move without that worry for them. Thank you for your suggestions and thought. I do realize that we would be moving somewhere where things are not easily bought or found. That is what I liked about the idea. I wanted to slow our lives down and have the children become aware and grateful for what we did have and our surroundings. I know moving to Florida will not do any of those things but atleast we will have the warm weather and water. We have lived all over the US and just cant seem to find just the right home. I think that is what we were hoping for in the caribbean but who knows......we may just have wonderlust forever!
|By Pietri Hausmann (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #109) on Monday, January 12, 2009 - 12:20 pm:|
lets not get hung up on the language thing .. the most important point is the culture ... what do you really know about bonaire .. the west indies? the way of life here is SOOO different .. Tami your post clearly shows this .. no insult intended as i know what you experienced -there are so many other options .. i know exactly which store .. you i must say are a "beginner...." in the bonaire ways there are so many options .you must get adventurous and get away from the Playa .. .. ..this is not America. if you can't live without . .then don't even try .. life here is super ...if you take it as it is. no more no less .. i love it here .. 30 years now ..when i came NO english was spoken and it took 1 year to get a telephone .. relax .. love bonaire as it is -- not the way you want it .. that is why we are special and why you want to live here ..change us?? i hope never .... i get a great thrill when i really need something here and it is not available .. then the word KORSOW ( curacao) comes up .. what a horrible thing to happen .. a day trip to korsow!!! the land of plenty!!!as i have posted before -- i came to stay in 1974 .the first time .. 1964 .. and believe it or not .. at that time i was able to furnish a 4 bedroom home .. with no problems or imports .. ALL here !!.. belive it or not .. i am with about 13.000 others able to survive on what is available here-- especially food .. a suitcase full of food ??? for us ?? crazy .. why not buy here and help our economy??
|By Richard Mathews (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 4:43 am:|
Richard, you have posted this more than once in this topic.. please dont spam us.. Your questions will be answered.. also please look in the archives of Moving to Bonaire.. it is not as simple as you may think.. welcome...
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