Ex-pat social scene?

Old Mar 9th 2019, 8:10 am
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I’m moving soon. Have had a holiday property in Barbados but now time for a proper move. I’m selling a holiday property because it doesn’t fit living full-time-ish. I probably will rent for the first year but...? Just any help in making social links when I move? I already know some residents but as a single woman and in 50s I don’t want to isolate! I’ve had a professional life and now want the ‘reward’. Any help on starting ‘getting into’ the social scene would be really very much appreciated. Do not feel 50-ish!
I’m not Advertising myself! It’s just that I’ve been used to lots of female contacts and a creative ‘bent’ re. Crafts, decor etc. All amateur-ish. I’m coming to look at properties next week (along with my 21-yr old daughter #2) . I’m no social butterfly but enjoy company and also just ‘chat’! If there’s anyone out there who would like (be prepared!) to sacrifice half an hour for a chat and a coffee, I’d really appreciate it. To get the insight. And hopefully make a new friend? There are so many times I’ve sat and chatted with others who already live in Barbados. I know there are some really kind and interesting people out there! (This is a mutual thing. You can reject that option and just give advice?!) I’m going to be based at our current property near Mullins beach but am prepared to travel! I have a hectic viewing agenda for Tues-Thurs (March 12,13,14) but obviously have evenings free. Returning to Blighty on Sunday.

Really. ANY input from people who’ve done the move would be really welcomed.
Thanks in advance and hope to hear from someone?

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Old Mar 10th 2019, 11:19 am
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Hi. Well the first thing would be.. assuming, being on the British Ex-Pats board.. you are from the UK. there is a British Women's Club on the island, and no, they aren't all old women. The club is more social, as they are not a registered charity, but they fundraisers and they have socials. that may be a start.

there is a good arts community on the island.. and there are a few of the Paint and wine drinking parties that happen around the island. There are also art classes at various locations and with really talented artists, who love to teach.

Now.. the devils advocate appears. as you are new to the board. One has to assume, if you are planning to move here,(for what sounds permanently) that you have the proper documentation to do so. . even having a rental / holiday property or your own home, doesn't give you complete living access to the island. There are a number of individuals on this board who can guide you. I'm a US Citizen, married to a Barbados and have Barbados Citizenship. which is how I'm here. others have done the same and possibly divorced but are still here.. others have homes they have purchased and have traveled back and forth to the UK and finally been able, after many many years to stay permanently (which doesn't mean you can work here. .just live here);
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Old Mar 13th 2019, 1:21 pm
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I found integration was good via thinks like quiz nights and being sociable at places like Crystal Waters - south sides - there are quite a few women that come to the island as regulars
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Old Mar 13th 2019, 4:37 pm
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I say this as someone who isnt much more than an occasional tourist to Barbados, but here in Grenada, i have friends who visit and live there regularly for work. They tell me Barbados is a very stratified society where colour, even degrees of, and background, are highly relevant in who mixes with who, though these are really almost bajan nationals. I guess with expats in isolation this isnt a thing so much.

Here while there are expats, there is almost total integration. Certainly money and perceived class impacts ones friends but accent nationality and colour not so much.

I hear in other islands, its sometimes about people born on the island opposing all incomers regardless.
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Old Mar 16th 2019, 9:35 pm
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Before you even start planning your social life here, as Sunnie asks, do you have permission , ie a Visa , to stay in Barbados for more than 6 months a year ? If not, I suggest you do not sell your property until you have applied for your Visa, because you will have no hope of getting one unless you own a property worth $150.000.00 US or more.

If 6 months a year is sufficient, then fine, but if not, you have important things to do if you have not already sorted it all out.
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