|By Melissa Drake on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 9:03 pm:|
My fiance and I love Bonaire deeply, and have been seriously considering moving there and setting up a business.
|By michael gaynor on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 9:28 pm:|
Step ONE Buy and read Heman Wouk's "Don't Stop the Carnival. Let us know if you like the book and can still smile when you are done...then it's on to step two...
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 10:23 am:|
We actually read Wouk's book after we moved here, but it didn't particularly change our view (although we can definitely draw some incredible parallels between the book and the reality of life on Bonaire) of wanting to continue living on Bonaire.
|By Melissa Drake on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 12:06 pm:|
I'm still looking for the book, Michael, it's out of print in Canada but I'm now trying to find it in the library system. Looks like there's two votes to read it, tho.
|By Barry Baker on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 12:09 pm:|
I just got my copy from Amazon.com. You can link to it from this website. I think I paid about $10 USD
|By Melissa Drake on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 12:19 pm:|
I don't live in the US, and the exchange rate is poor, so I'm reluctant to buy the book if I can find it in a library. But it all else fails, I suppose... <:)
|By michael gaynor on Friday, March 30, 2001 - 10:40 am:|
I did not reccomend that you read the book to disuade you from moving here. Most repeat visitors understand what the island is about or they would not be repeat visitors. The book paints a fairly general picture of what island life is for non vacationers. True, Bonaire has change a lot in the past fifteen years I have been here, but some things will always remain the same and for that I am grateful. Bonaire is its people and culture, something you can never experience by reading a book but I suggested Wouk's tome to put it into perspectivie. Living here and being on vacation are two different things and it is a good idea to be prepared.
|By Melissa Drake on Friday, March 30, 2001 - 6:09 pm:|
Oh! Okay. I understand Bonaire has gotten a lot more traffic reciently, so I just guessed that you and other locals might not apreciate an influx of snowbirds comming down.
|By michael gaynor on Friday, March 30, 2001 - 6:19 pm:|
Not at all...as a matter of fact, there is a small exodus of expats and natives leaving for greaner pastures, as it were. All are welcome!
|By Kerri Freeman on Friday, March 30, 2001 - 6:49 pm:|
Melissa. Can't promise I can come through, but at some point I had 'The' book. Will paw through a couple of crates and check the usual suspects that give my books legs....least I can do for a homey. I'll e-mail if I'm lucky. Did you try the used bookshops on Bayview and downtown?Kerri
|By Melissa Drake on Saturday, March 31, 2001 - 12:00 am:|
|By michael gaynor on Saturday, March 31, 2001 - 9:13 am:|
Melissa. I have edited a lot of stuff and write for a business magazine (droll stuff) that is published in Europe. I am workng on the definitive novel that will probably never be published....but what better place to be than in Bonaie when the rejection slips come in.
|By Lorraine Meadows on Saturday, March 31, 2001 - 5:24 pm:|
I enjoyed the book very much and love to share it with someone wanting to move to Bonaire, I read it when I was laid up here one winter, I gave mine to a friend.Parrelles, fun and sad too, and I know "permits" are the thing to get, so any advice from the locals would help greatly. Did you see the free publication "Residing on Bonaire", it's at the hotel lobbies and the TCB offices, I believe. Glad to hear you guys don't mind "snowbirds"!!That's in our plans!!
|By michael gaynor on Sunday, April 1, 2001 - 10:54 am:|
so...who said I was sane? Actually, the island is a sort of asylum for stressed out, workaholic types who need a break. Remind me to show you the best spot on the island to meditate when you are here.
|By Josie on Monday, April 2, 2001 - 12:35 am:|
OK, what's other people's best spot to meditate? Mine is on the hammock at Bonaire Town Homes. I can now tune out the island dogs and just hear the birds, and focus on the hummingbirds heading into the flowers! No traffic sounds, no stereo or radios -- just the natural world, and the sound of the hammock swinging! Ah, Heaven!
|By JERRY CAPPS on Monday, April 2, 2001 - 1:32 pm:|
Jake, How do I stop each message to Bonaire Talk from appearing on my Outlook Email page? I realize I probably typed in yes, some place, when I should not.jcapps
|By Linda Richter - NetTech on Monday, April 2, 2001 - 2:10 pm:|
Click on the User Profile button in the bottom menu. There are check boxes for receiving (or not) email versions of the messages.
|By Gail Currie on Monday, April 2, 2001 - 3:48 pm:|
Melissa check your local library for the book - I am currently reading Trip to the Beach and have Don't Stop the Carnival on hold for me - both from the local library. I am really enjoying Trip to the Beach probably because I am familiar with Anguilla, St. Maarten and some of the characters involved - namely the Hodge's. We are godparents (honorary?) to one of the many children in the family.
|By Corney Ann Carter on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 - 4:29 pm:|
To Melissa. I have in front of me a copy of Don't Stop the Carnival that I would be willing to send to you. I saw it at a used book store and didn't dare say anyting until I had it in hand. No charge for the book just a promise to pass it on to another person.(preferably from this group) If you don't need it, I will send it to the next person that wants it.
|By Gail Currie on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 - 5:49 pm:|
I sat up last night and finished reading Trip to the Beach and anxiously await being notified by the library that Don't Stop the Carnival is in. I enjoyed Trip so much - it brought back fond memories of St.Maarten/Anguilla and not so fond thoughts of Luis which trashed our townhouse. If you haven't read it yet I would recommend it for pure enjoyment.
|By Melissa Drake on Wednesday, April 4, 2001 - 2:22 pm:|
|By michael gaynor on Thursday, April 5, 2001 - 12:54 pm:|
You will be more than welcome!
|By Melissa Drake on Thursday, April 5, 2001 - 5:40 pm:|
Final note, for now:
|By Lorraine Meadows on Friday, April 6, 2001 - 6:51 am:|
107th reason to live on Bonaire!
|By Bob Bilstein on Sunday, December 9, 2001 - 4:07 pm:|
Does the govt put out something that explains all of the permits and photos and other documentation that you need to live on Bonaire?
|By Bill Sweeney on Monday, September 30, 2002 - 10:20 pm:|
I don't know what the govt does, but you could try http://www.sunbelt.an/bon_licenses.htm.
|By Susan Porter on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 6:57 am:|
If you use Jake's search engine you can find most of the info right here on Bonaire Talk. Sunbelt is a good source but not as up to date.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - 12:02 pm:|
I think Susan is referring to http://www.searchbonaire.com
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