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Old Aug 17th 2018, 11:47 am
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Hi,
we arrived on Sunday busy sorting things out at the moment but starting to thing about meeting people! Anybody know any good social groups or events to help us get to know people?

Also does anyone know a good vet in or near the red Bay Area?

thanks for any help
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Old Aug 21st 2018, 12:56 am
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Hi & welcome
I am not sure there is a vet in red Bay. Island veterinary services is the one we use on industrial park. Cayman animal hospital are on Crewe Rd which is closer but we haven't used them so not sure how good they are/aren't
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Old Aug 22nd 2018, 12:27 am
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Island vets are great!
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Old Nov 1st 2018, 10:49 pm
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Hello there, I was just reading your post and interested to see how you have settled in? I'm considering moving out in February so just gathering as much information as possible, thanks Rachel
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Old Nov 2nd 2018, 11:56 am
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Hi,
yes it’s all good! We found a place before we arrived which has worked out well, we are on the bus routes so getting by without a car with the help of some friends! We have been enjoying beach life on the weekends, lots of places to snorkel and eat and drink and popped to Cuba for a few days over half term! We haven’t mastered shopping for clothes etc yet, will need to look into that soon but would recommend bringing what you can with you including snorkelling gear! Let me know if you have any questions
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Old Nov 4th 2018, 8:52 pm
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Hi sounds as if you have managed to get settled in quite quickly. Im trying to budget for monthly costs. I've used the website recommended to work out costings for accommodation/driving/food etc. Any other advice? Thanks Rachel
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Old Nov 4th 2018, 9:35 pm
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Hi sounds as if you have managed to get settled in quite quickly. Im trying to budget for monthly costs. I've used the website recommended to work out costings for accommodation/driving/food etc. Any other advice? Thanks Rachel

It is expensive and being a Yorkshireman it has taken ages to adjust. Punnet of mushrooms, Aldi 80p here $2.89. A meal out in a chain pub in the UK, £12 a head, here that gets you a glass of wine. The first month or so is difficult as you try to live at Cayman prices on UK wages but it gets OK once you get paid. The 'home comforts' are expensive also, a tin of quality street (which no one likes even in England) at Christmas got reduced in January to $17.50. Make do without and eat local.
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We haven’t mastered shopping for clothes etc yet, will need to look into that soon
For very casual second-hand clothes you should try the NCVO shop behind the GT Hospital. For new clothes, most of us buy in Miami, where the cost is much, much less.
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Old Nov 5th 2018, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by TandD2017 View Post
It is expensive and being a Yorkshireman it has taken ages to adjust. Punnet of mushrooms, Aldi 80p here $2.89. A meal out in a chain pub in the UK, £12 a head, here that gets you a glass of wine. The first month or so is difficult as you try to live at Cayman prices on UK wages but it gets OK once you get paid. The 'home comforts' are expensive also, a tin of quality street (which no one likes even in England) at Christmas got reduced in January to $17.50. Make do without and eat local.
Thanks for that helpful advice!!!
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The information on the website cayman resident is quite accurate, our electricity bill has been higher than they quoted, not sure why but cable and internet were included in the price of the flat so we saved there. We probably spend less on groceries and more on eating and drinking out then they quote but that’s just us! We also only pay $40 for data on 2 mobiles each month which is less than the website quotes but we just unlocked our phones and buy a monthly data package. Also my work pays for my pension and medical insurance so save there too!
What work will you be doing? Are you coming in your own?
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For very casual second-hand clothes you should try the NCVO shop behind the GT Hospital. For new clothes, most of us buy in Miami, where the cost is much, much less.
thanks I will check it out! I have friends going home at Christmas so planning to get some stuff delivered there for them to bring out but not sure the winter collections they have in the uk at the moment will be ideal! Plus I’ve heard ASOS deliver
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Hi, yes I'd be coming out on my own. I'd be working in nursing. It's difficult to budget but your replies have been really helpful. Did you just bring clothing and some personal belongings? It sounds as if most apartments come furnished? Thanks R
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Old Nov 6th 2018, 1:00 am
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I bought clothes and toiletries and cleaning supplies wish I had brought more vests and shorts as they are what I generally wear when I’m not at work!
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