Black Girls in the BVI

Some people might think it’s crazy that I met a stranger and decided to island hop to the British Virgin Islands with her, but I just call it trusting my gut and having fun…

Meet Michelle: 
Michelle is a fellow #girlboss from Houston, Texas but raised on Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Two weeks ago, I walked into a store to purchase a bracelet from Michelle and was pleasantly surprised to learn that she was the designer and owner of the very successful jewelry store!
Saturday night, I was on the phone with my friend from home telling him how badly I’ve been wanting to go to the British Virgin Islands. When Michelle texted me Sunday morning and offered to show me around the BVIs, I couldn’t believe my fate. I jumped at the opportunity!
Since being on the island, I’ve met many new people. Some have good intentions, some are questionable, and some are bad. As a female traveler, I’m learning to follow my gut and trust my intuition. I’m really growing closer to God during this season of my life; He’s making this intuition thing easy for me by showing me the hearts of strangers during our first interactions.
Michelle and I took a public ferry to the island of Tortola and then island hopped to Jost Van Dyke.
I’ve seen A LOT of beautiful beaches in my lifetime; but none compare to the beaches on the island of Jost Van Dyke… 
The water was crystal clear, the sand felt perfect between our toes, and the sea animals swam right up to us; they were just as friendly as the people. 
Throughout the day, several people kept asking how Michelle and I knew each other. Some thought we were sisters and others thought we were long-standing friends. When we told them I was a travel nurse, she designed jewelry sold all over the Virgin Islands and we just met, they were completely shocked and fell in love with our carefree spirits.
Just like a #girlboss, Michelle seemed to know people wherever we went. Within 5 minutes of being on the beach she saw Mike, a former business partner of hers. She told him how we were late arriving to the BVIs and we were disappointed because we would have to leave by 4 o’clock to catch the 5 o’clock public ferry back home. Without hesitation, he offered to give us a ride back on his private boat. 
I’m usually not the type of girl to accept ANYTHING from people, but this just felt right. So after a 2 minute discussion, Michelle and I agreed to tag along with Mike and his crew (both male and female) to continue exploring the islands. 
Once aboard, we instantly felt like family. We blasted the music, poured the drinks and set sail for our next destination…Saint John, Virgin Island. 
Saint John was more upbeat than the tranquil island of Jost Van Dyke. The beach was full of bars, the food was good, and I finally had cell phone service so I was a happy camper! 
Just as planned, I made it back safely to my condo on the beach by sunset. Michelle and I had a great time and it was undoubtedly my favorite day on the island. I’ve been working REALLY hard the past two weeks, so it was nice to have a day off to enjoy. I’m clocking back in as Nurse Tanish tonight and serving as charge nurse for my next few shifts. The work has been tough but I’m having the time of my life living on vacation. I really can’t complain when I work three days a week and relax in paradise the other four.
Until next time,
Stay safe, trust your gut, and if you ever have the opportunity…be a travel nurse! 

 

 

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