I mentioned in my last post that the company I work for went fully remote at the beginning of the year. Our CEO decided to put an off-site employee retreat together in Antigua for the week, so despite everything we need to do before we hit the road in August (pack, figure out what to put in storage, figure out what to toss, get both vehicles road-ready, etc), it was basically impossible to say no to a week in paradise.
We’re staying in an amazing Villa in Willoughby Bay – technically it is hurricane season between June and November so in terms of tourist traffic it’s much slower, but the weather is amazing – we’re on the southeastern side of the island where there’s always a stiff moving breeze – temps are between 77° and 85° 100% of the time.
Travis was invited to come along as well so here we all are in paradise, having a lovely week working hard and playing hard. The villa has WiFi but it’s relatively inconsistent (think: LOTS of plugging and unplugging the router) but we got a backup connection thanks to the property manager. Afternoons have been punctuated with trips to several of the 365 beaches on the island – and PS, none of the beaches are private. Also, fun fact: Eric Clapton has a (massive) home on the island as well as a swanky rehab facility that we can see across the bay from our place.
We did a group sailboat trip on Sunday as a pre-workweek outing – we took a 39-foot single hull boat out for a little sail and some snorkeling. I saw a couple Eagle rays (probably one of the most amazing things in the ocean IMHO), a stingray, and a handful of sea turtles. It was heaven for me and feeling VERY lucky and grateful this week for the life I’ve managed to put together between my job and everything else.