Welcome to the Island Obsessions blog!

My name is Patty and I suppose that you could say that I’m just another one of those people who took a trip to the Caribbean and fell head-over-heels in love with the laid-back and friendly island vibe.

In my case, though, it turned into a full-fledged obsession after my very first visit to the island of Anguilla, as I couldn’t shake my constant urge to get back to the islands and the sense of pure bliss that I feel when I’m there.  I thought it might’ve just been a phase that I was going through, but even after 9 trips, that pull that I feel to return is as powerful as it has ever been, if not more so.

Why IslandObsessions.com?

I started the Island Obsessions blog in 2009 in an attempt to explore my love for the islands and to share what I learn along the way. Putting my sentiments into words is sometimes difficult because it’s not simply the “physical” elements like the gorgeous beaches, the amazing turquoise-blue water, or the fancy resorts and restaurants that hooked me. Instead, I fell in love more because of the intangibles like the joy of being surrounded by easygoing people who aren’t afraid to make eye-contact or offer a genuine greeting, and for whom truly simple pleasures are just enough.

I live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area where life moves fast, people seem to barely even notice when they rush past each other, and showing your true self can actually be seen as a weakness.  I often get frustrated by the coldness of interpersonal relationships here, but I think that just knowing that a different attitude and a different lifestyle exists in the islands is a comfort to me.  In fact, my island trips have inspired me to simplify my life here at home and to work harder towards strengthening my connections with the people that surround me every day.  It isn’t quite as easy to do those things here, but at least I know it’s possible.

You’ll notice from my posts that, so far, I can’t seem to pull myself away from the island of Anguilla even though I have certainly tried to book trips elsewhere. Somehow, circumstances have always forced me to abandon or cancel plans to travel to other islands and Anguilla always finds a way of calling me back. So, I’ve just been returning there over and over again. I know I’ll get to other islands eventually, but for now, Anguilla is a true paradise for me, so why fight it?

So why haven’t I just packed up and moved to the islands already? Well, I’ve definitely looked into it and all that it would require. It would be nice to just pick up and leave but, suffice it to say that there are just certain responsibilities that I have here at home that I’m not willing to abandon right now.  For the time being, I’ll just have to find a way to get back to the islands as often as possible in order to get my “fix”.  Trust me, though, the motivation for me to eventually end up in the islands on a more permanent basis is definitely there and every move I make, these days, is purposely designed to get me one step closer to that.

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  1. Patty,

    Reading this page resonates with me a lot.

    Last week I came back to TO from a sailing trip in St Martin during which we visited Anguilla. I did not really get a chance to explore the island because we ended up anchoring in Road Bay (Sandy Ground) for the two nights we were there. Although it was a short stay, I left with great impressions and with hopes to find a chance to go back and get to know the place better. I really liked the atmosphere at the Elvis’ Beach Bar where we went both nights. Brett and Elvis were awesome, everyone was in a great mood; dancing on the sand under the stars by the sea was priceless. I thought I was in heaven. Possibly the feeling was a combination of being naive about the place, being elated from being away from responsibilities and a busy life in Toronto, and being mesmerized by the surroundings. Either way, now I want to know more hence I was looking for blogs from fortunate people like you.

    Walking around this past week, I looked at people’s faces in the financial towers in downtown Toronto and most seem to be on the edge, burdened from whatever was happening during their day. That contrasted so much with what I still carry inside me. I want to keep that relaxed, accepting, and calm feeling with me for as long as I could. Inevitably, I would need another dose of paradise. Until then, I will keep reading your posts!

    Let your steps towards your possible move be blessed every day.

    • Hi Eliza,

      It’s always great to hear from other people who really get what I’m talking about when I say the things I mention above. Some people just don’t understand, no matter how I try to explain it. We need to figure out how to get them down to the warm, friendly islands ASAP! :)

      I’m so glad that you got a chance to stop by Anguilla on your trip and to experience the famous Elvis’ Beach Bar. That vibe you felt there is present all over the island, so I hope you get a chance to come back for a longer stay. You sound like just the kind of person who’ll love it!

      Thanks so much for your well wishes and for letting me know that there are others of a similar mind out there. I find comfort in that, especially as I will be preparing to return to my regular life soon after yet another sweet, sweet island trip that I don’t want to end…

      New posts to come soon, so stay tuned! :)

  2. Patty –
    I found your page from wandering around on Pinterest looking at all things Anguillian. I am a native Anguillian living in the DC metro area. Your ‘actin’ like a stranger’ article was quite funny & true. Hopefully I will be able to head home sometime in the near future.
    All the best,

    • Hi Kareen,

      Thanks for stopping by to read some of my ramblings! I haven’t written in a while, but I really should get back to it. Sometimes I feel like my constant gushing about Anguilla might be getting a little old for some people out there!

      I actually just got back from AXA a few weeks ago and am missing it pretty badly. There really is something special about that island…

      If you ever feel like grabbing a drink and just chatting about AXA, feel free drop me a line at caribOrBust @ gmail . com (no spaces). The island is so small, I’m sure we have some acquaintences in common!

      Take care and thanks again for reading,

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