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Holiday Traditions

Wendy G. Gunderson

It’s the fourth week in November and I’m not wearing a bikini.  Or donning flip flops, or slathering on the sunscreen. In Wisconsin, that would be expected for this time of year, but for us, it’s a bit unusual.  It has been ten years since we haven’t traveled to the Caribbean at Thanksgiving.  With our oldest now in college, her free…Read More

Earth Day Feature: Green VI Glass Studio, Tortola, BVI

Wendy G. Gunderson

In celebration of Earth Day, we take a trip to the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands for a visit to GreenVI Glass Studio.  GreenVI  is a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling and other green projects in the islands.  GreenVI’s Glass Studio takes used bottles and transforms them into beautiful gifts.  There is a selection of pendants, paperweights, and other…Read More

Sunday is Beach Day! Our Favorite Caribbean Beaches

Best Caribbean Beaches

Sunday is beach day!  Pull on your suit, grab your sunscreen, and join us in strolling along our favorite Caribbean beaches!  Click an image for more information: All words and images ©2006-2018 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the Contact page.  

Spirits of the Caribbean: Raspberry Chili Cocktail, Virgin Gorda

Wendy G. Gunderson

Included in our trip to Virgin Gorda with Dive BVI was a stop at Coco Maya Restaurant for lunch.  Coco Maya describes itself as an “open concept, beachfront Latin Asian Fusion restaurant with new tasty cocktails and a casual funky vibe.”  It has some of the most interesting combinations I’ve seen both with regard to food and drink.  A perfect example is…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Callwood Distillery, Tortola

Wendy G. Gunderson

Rum has been distilled and blended by the Callwood family for more than 200 years in Tortola.  Callwood produces sugar cane rum, aged in oak barrels.  It claims to be the Caribbean’s oldest continuously operating pot distillery.  If you visit between March and August, you may have a chance to see the full distilling operation.  However, the distillery is open…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Ceviche Salad

Taste of the Caribbean takes us to the British Virgin Islands today.  The Ceviche Salad at Coco Maya on Virgin Gorda is a refreshing blend of fresh fish, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, served over a bed of greens, and topped with a scoop of coconut sorbet.  Pair it with the restaurant’s zingy Raspberry Chili Martini, with slices of jalapeño pepper,…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Anegada Lobster Salad, British Virgin Islands

Today’s edition of Taste of the Caribbean comes to us courtesy of the British Virgin Islands.  I knew when we were planning our trip to the British Virgin Islands that I had to make sure to order the lobster for which Anegada is famous, although I couldn’t wait until our day trip to the island.  This beautiful Lobster salad was…Read More

Gallery Night & Day, Milwaukee, WI April 19 -20, 2013

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If you happen to be in or near Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the next few weeks, consider stopping by to the see the 8th Annual Members’ Show of the Coalition of Photographic Arts.  The show opens on Gallery Night & Day, April 19-20, 2013, with additional gallery dates of April 25-27 and May 2-4, 2013, and will exhibit at 600 East…Read More

TV Land Meets the British Virgin Islands

How often do you travel to the Caribbean and happen upon a group of beloved television characters?  It’s only happened once, on our visit to The Last Resort, Bellamy Cay, British Virgin Islands. First, how do you get there?  I can’t help you navigate by sea, but by land, get yourself to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, just a quick…Read More

“W” is for Watersports

Wendy G. Gunderson

The Caribbean’s best attraction after the beach is the water that surrounds it.  The region offers a variety of watersports for you to enjoy, including surfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding.   This shop in Trellis Bay on Beef Island, British Virgin Islands, just a few minutes from the airport, offers instruction in kiteboarding, surfing, kayak tours, and…Read More

“V” is for Virgin Gorda

Wendy G. Gunderson

Virgin Gorda was given its name by Christopher Columbus, who believed the shape of the island looked like a well-rounded woman reclining, or a “fat virgin.” The island is the third largest, and second most populous island in the British Virgin Islands, home to approximately 3600 residents.  The most famous attraction on Virgin Gorda, and perhaps all of the British…Read More

Top Ten Things To Do in the Caribbean

Time to daydream a bit.  When work gets a bit dull, it’s easy to glide over to Facebook or Twitter, and think about what you would rather be doing right now.  If you really had to narrow it down to a list, and put them in order of priority, what makes your top ten?  Here’s our list: #10  Cocktails and…Read More

“G” is for Green VI

Wendy G. Gunderson

GreenVI Glass Studio is a non-profit organization devoted to a greener, more environmentally sound British Virgin Islands.  The studio recycles glass, largely beer and liquor bottles, which are used to make paperweights, jewelry, souvenirs, and other glass collectables.  Mentors also provide training in the making of glass to educate others and promote the organization’s goals.  Proceeds are used to fund…Read More

“F” is for Fireball

Wendy G. Gunderson

If you are visiting the island of Tortola, make a point of visiting  Aragorn’s Studio, located in Trellis Bay and the adjoining Beef Island.  Aragorn is best known for his brilliant metal sculptures called “fireballs.”  Fireballs are made from large steel buoys that have reached their useful life on the ocean.  The buoys are then carved by Aragorn with elaborate…Read More

Featured: Travel Dreams Magazine!

Wendy G. Gunderson

I cannot think of a better combination than our images and Tim Cotroneo’s words.  Tim is the man behind Travel Dreams Magazine, and he featured our photos from our trip to Anegada in his piece.   Read his great story about Anegada’s The Big Bamboo here! SaveSave All words and images ©2006-2018 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited.…Read More

BVI Trip Report – THE VIDEO!

Welcome to our video tour of the BVI, featuring stops on Scrub Island, Beef Island/Trellis Bay, Tortola, Marina Cay, Anegada, and Virgin Gorda. Greetings from the British Virgin Islands from My Irie Time on Vimeo. If you haven’t done so already, check out our BVI trip report! All words and images ©2006-2018 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Five: Virgin Gorda

All good things must come to an end, and so we reach Part Five of our BVI Trip Report.  Part Five takes us to the island of Virgin Gorda, the third largest of the islands in the British Virgin Islands and the second most populated.  We arranged this trip through Dive BVI, as we did our trip to Anegada. Our…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Four: Anegada

It’s time for a road trip, island style, as we take a day trip to Anegada.  Anegada is a bit unlike its companions in the British Virgin Islands.  Unlike the other inhabited islands in the BVI chain which are volcanic in origin and mountainous in appearance, Anegada is composed of coral and limestone.  The terrain is so close to sea…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Three: Tortola and Beef Island

Part Three of our BVI trip report takes us to Tortola, or more accurately, Beef Island and Tortola.  When you fly into Terrance B. Lettsome Airport in Tortola (Airport Code: EIS), you are actually flying into Beef Island, a small island just east of Tortola.  The two islands are connected by a bridge.  Beef Island is home to Trellis Bay,…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Two: Marina Cay

Part Two of our BVI Trip Report takes us to Marina Cay, a small island about half a mile off Scrub Island.  Marina Cay is home to Pusser’s Marina Cay, a great bar and restaurant.  I knew I wanted to visit Marina Cay because I had seen photos of the red telephone box on the dock and thought it would…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part One: Scrub Island

Wendy G. Gunderson

Welcome to Part One of our five-part trip report of our November 2012 trip to the British Virgin Islands.  Our trip report will be broken down by island, covering Scrub Island, Tortola/Beef Island, Marina Cay, Anegada, and Virgin Gorda.  First things first – the reason we came to the BVI – Scrub Island, or more particularly Scrub Island Resort.  Some…Read More

Aragorn’s Fireballs

The fireballs at Aragorn’s Studio, Trellis Bay, Beef Island, Tortola, are lit for the monthly full moon parties, but we were able to see at least one aflame on evening visits to Trellis Bay.  I would love one of these for my backyard!     All words and images ©2006-2018 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited.…Read More