St Kitts is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, by both area and population.The capital and headquarters of government for the federated state is Basseterre, on the larger island of St Kitts.
The smaller state of Nevis lies 2 miles southeast of St Kitts, across a shallow channel called ‘The Narrows’
The islands are of volcanic origin, with large central peaks covered in tropical rainforest; the steeper slopes leading to these peaks are mostly uninhabited.
The majority of the population on both islands lives closer to the sea, where the terrain flattens out. There are numerous rivers descending from the mountains of both islands, which provide fresh water to the local population.
This was one of the most impressive islands we spent time on and I would have cheerfully sold up and moved out here; no problem…the place left a lasting impression on me and were I ever lucky enough to get to return I would do so without a moments hesitation.
Whilst there we met an ex cancer care nurse who originated from Manchester; she was a wonderful lady!
She told us that over the last few years she had seen many of her closest nursing colleagues either become ill or sadly to die; often very shortly after leaving this hugely demanding and emotionally draining vocation.
Exhausted and bearly able to cope financially she decided to take up an early retirement.
Fortunately she had met a local guy from the island who was working in Manchester and had ended up returning back to St Kitts with him, where they still remain together, and appear very happy.
For work she sold beautiful vivid coloured clothing from a quaint little pink painted store positioned conveniently close to where the cruise ships embark.
She admitted that although she didn’t make a lot of money she had never felt more relaxed in her life. Most days if it was too hot she would sit in the shade sipping jamaican rum and listening to their local reggae music.
She said she loved talking to the Brits from off the ships although on occassions she did get quite homesick. To compensate she regularly kept in touch through Skype with friends and family back in UK.
This is one lady who in my honest opinion; had made completely the right choice. Life can be hugely stressful working with patients in cancer care. Now though unlike colleagues over here all of that stress she had been experiencing had been lifted, and instead her days had become a lot simpler more fullfilling, much less demanding both physically and emotionally.
Good Luck to her, she really seems to have found some happiness out there in the paradise island of St Kitts and Nevis.