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Old 04-01-2009, 07:01 AM
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How many of you guys remember Gringo and his blog about living in the carribean? I usually check it every week or so and have really begun to wonder why so many of us stress over work and politics here when we could move and enjoy what we love doing.
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Do you have a link for it??
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I remember Gringo but never saw his blog. I'd be interested in a link also.
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I don't think they'd tolerate a link here for very long. The name is 2gringosblogspot if that helps.
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I don't think they'd tolerate a link here for very long. The name is 2gringosblogspot if that helps.
I did not post the link because I did not want the thread killed (I was pm'ed a link and the link was erased from the message so the mods apparently don't want some links posted). There was some disagreement between him and the new management and I think that he was banded.

The blog has some great photos of the carribean even if you do not read the blog.
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Do a google search for 2 gringos blog should come out on top
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thanks guy!!!!!
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He had a falling out with managment and left the site and asked that all of his thread/post be removed. I really enjoyed his post on here. I did see him post something on here a few weeks ago, it surprised me.
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TCI used to be near and dear to me. Been going there for over 13 years now. It was all dirt roads and a single resort the first time I ever went. That place has seriously gone to the dogs.

The crime is rampant, the govt. corruption is so bad that they all just got ousted by the UK and the UK is threatening to come in and take over.

Gang Rapes, armed robbery of tourists.. This used to be a place that anyone could go anywhere and not worry. Not true anymore. They simply had too many growing pains and didn't handle it well.

I like the Gringo's, and corrospond with them on occasion, but as a tourist, I can't spend my money where I don't feel safe with my wife.

It's really too bad because I still know many people there, and I miss the place. But you can't live in the past.

Time Marches On, and it hasn't been kind to TCI.
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Originally Posted by bsmit24 View Post
I did not post the link because I did not want the thread killed (I was pm'ed a link and the link was erased from the message so the mods apparently don't want some links posted). There was some disagreement between him and the new management and I think that he was banded.

The blog has some great photos of the carribean even if you do not read the blog.
Are you saying that the mods read and edited a pm before you received it???
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Are you saying that the mods read and edited a pm before you received it???
I do believe they have an automated system that ditches other web addresses that they deem are not "appropriate" to their growth.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
Are you saying that the mods read and edited a pm before you received it???
PMed you, I do not wish to derail this thread.
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I do believe they have an automated system that ditches other web addresses that they deem are not "appropriate" to their growth.
That was my thoughts also. I assumed it is similar to curse words and the message you get when you post replys which contain them.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
TCI used to be near and dear to me. Been going there for over 13 years now. It was all dirt roads and a single resort the first time I ever went. That place has seriously gone to the dogs.

The crime is rampant, the govt. corruption is so bad that they all just got ousted by the UK and the UK is threatening to come in and take over.

Gang Rapes, armed robbery of tourists.. This used to be a place that anyone could go anywhere and not worry. Not true anymore. They simply had too many growing pains and didn't handle it well.

I like the Gringo's, and corrospond with them on occasion, but as a tourist, I can't spend my money where I don't feel safe with my wife.

It's really too bad because I still know many people there, and I miss the place. But you can't live in the past.

Time Marches On, and it hasn't been kind to TCI.
Huh?


I guess I missed all that when the wife and I were there.

I never felt unsafe and we traveled all over the place. In fact we might go again this year.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
TCI used to be near and dear to me. Been going there for over 13 years now. It was all dirt roads and a single resort the first time I ever went. That place has seriously gone to the dogs.

The crime is rampant, the govt. corruption is so bad that they all just got ousted by the UK and the UK is threatening to come in and take over.

Gang Rapes, armed robbery of tourists.. This used to be a place that anyone could go anywhere and not worry. Not true anymore. They simply had too many growing pains and didn't handle it well.

I like the Gringo's, and corrospond with them on occasion, but as a tourist, I can't spend my money where I don't feel safe with my wife.

It's really too bad because I still know many people there, and I miss the place. But you can't live in the past.

Time Marches On, and it hasn't been kind to TCI.
That would be a concern of mine. You leave a high tax/stress location to move to a paradise and lose everything or worse because of crime and corruption.
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Huh?


I guess I missed all that when the wife and I were there.

I never felt unsafe and we traveled all over the place. In fact we might go again this year.
Hell, I never said you were guaranteed to get in trouble.

Here are just two excerpts from the local paper from this month alone:
Gang rapists prey on lone women in Provo
TWO women were brutally gang raped in Providenciales in two separate terrifying incidents this week.

Very early on Sunday morning a Canadian lady was attacked by three men outside Ports of Call in Grace Bay.

The woman, who was on her own, was sexually assaulted near the popular night spot at about 3.22am.

Following the incident she was taken to Myrtle Rigby Health Complex where she was treated and released.

In a similar incident a Dominican lady was attacked by four men, one of whom was armed with a gun, in Kew Town early on Wednesday morning.

At about 3.30am the woman was dragged into some bushes and sexually assaulted.

She was also taken to Myrtle Rigby Health Complex where she was treated and released.

Police say they are investigating both incidents and will be releasing descriptions of the attackers within the next few days.

Police press officer Sergeant Calvin Chase warned that women must be extremely careful at night.

Never walk about on your own, try to stay with a group of friends and let someone know where you are all of the time, he added.


Second violent robbery at secluded tourist spot

TOURISTS must be extremely wary when exploring secluded spots, police warned this week following a second violent armed robbery at Malcolm Road Beach.

This Tuesday at about 6pm a family of four were assaulted by two masked men at the remote tourist spot on the west coast of Providenciales.

The men, one of whom was holding a machete and the other who claimed to have a gun, threatened the family and demanded cash.

Luckily the couple and their two teenage daughters escaped without injury but their attackers made off with credit cards and $40.

The robbers also took car keys and stole the family’s rental car, leaving them abandoned at the remote tourist spot.

Police later found their vehicle in nearby bush.

The family described their attackers as both slim built and dark skinned - one man was about 6ft 2ins and the other was about 5ft 8ins.

Last week Cindy Hebert, 54, from Massachusetts was attacked in a similar incident at the same spot in the Northwest Point national park.

She said she felt helpless and thought she was “going to die” when a man grabbed her from behind and held a jagged rock to her head.

Luckily Cindy and her husband Steve, 60, managed to escape their attacker but were left shaken and traumatised.

This week Cindy spoke to the Weekly News about her terrifying experience and described her attacker.

She said the man was dark skinned and very tall – at least six foot – and slim.

“He was covered by clothing, mostly white, with a garment wrapped over his face so we could only see his eyes.

“His voice was deep, and we couldn't identify the accent, but he did speak clear English.”

Police are also keen to talk to a man who was standing at the platform entrance to the beach at the time.

He was talking on a cell phone informing the listener about the number of boats on the water.

Police say they are investigating both incidents which they suspect to be related but are yet to make any arrests.

Police press officer Sergeant Calvin Chase warned tourists that if they do go exploring they must stay in groups and not wander off on their own.

Keep a phone handy, do not take valuables and tell someone where you are going, he added.

If you have information on either of the above incidents call Providenciales Police Station on 946-4259.


Listen: A LOT of people go there every year and most do not ever have any problems, It may be that this kind of thing was NEVER heard of back just a few short years ago. It's still paradise, don't get me wrong, its just not the same paradise that I think of when I think of the TCI.

Too each his own! I personally don't like seeing those headlines in areas that I like to vacation.
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yep,
I've been reading every blog entry they've ever had since he left here, get email updates to boot. I love reading his keen observations.. he's quite a wordsmith. and the pictures are great too!
you won't be dissapointed if you subscribe to it.
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Wow, what nice things to say.

I don't know if it's a glitch in the software or if there has been a general amnesty here,but I was doing some research on bonefishing ( of all things) and a THT link came up and I thought, 'what the heck, I'll try it' and it worked.

What Mike says about the corrupt government here is true. Absolutely. The Chief Minister and his crew siphoned off millions over the past few years. The Brits just threw them all out, and it is looking like the UK will suspend portions of the constitution and let the Govenor run the country until the next elections. This gives the people time to organize a reasonable set of new politicians to elect.

You know what? It's not going to change the way things are done here. That's just the way it is. Ministers take bribes. People with some money can 'speed up' the permit process sometimes. Is it 'crooked'? Heck yeah. Is the US government crooked too? Heck yeah. Its just a lot harder to hide here in a country of less than 40,000 people.

As for the crime, we seem to get it in waves. There will be a series of armed robberies, for example,that will make the news for a week or so.....and then the cops catch three guys and guess what.....the same three guys were responsible for the crime wave. All of the armed robberies. Then it goes quiet for six to eight months, until another few junior dumbA criminals get organized enough to hit a few spots...and then the media goes all ballistic over high crime, then they get caught too, then it's quiet again.

I don't think it's any more dangerous to live here now than it was last year. And with the Brits taking over,it might even get better.
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Welcome Back, lets hope "big brother" checks their drama at the door.
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hey, that would be okay with me. THEY started it, after all. But anyhow, that was about a year and a half ago.

We are still alive and kicking.

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