Who is the Girl in Guadeloupe?

It’s a valid question, and my new life in Guadeloupe has me asking the same question as the days go by.  Love can bring you many things and in my case it brought me an island, a sudden family with two kids, and the French language. I’m learning about all three. Sometimes it’s frustrating, sad, and lonely.  Sometimes it’s fantastically entertaining, dreamy, and surreal.  Overall it’s just life, and blogging gives me an outlet with which to talk about it. I find myself feeling very vain writing this blog like anyone wants to know this stuff, but maybe it will amuse someone.

I’m not a writer. I’m just a person who can easily pass the day shuffling around the house, but I do get antsy from time to time for an adventure, big or small, it takes something to keep me entertained. Which brings me to The Pirate, my very patient, unbelievably determined kidnapper in love.  He’s from here, which means not only does he have much more patience for the (lack of) speed of things here, but he’s a lifetime ahead in terms of the French language. I also find him incredibly entertaining, and although he doesn’t know if that’s laughing at him or with him, he doesn’t seem to worry much about it. (Guadeloupeans simply don’t worry, it seems, and  this may be our biggest cultural difference to date. I can worry enough for us both, you just wait.)



22 Responses to “about/contact”

  1. Laursuze March 28, 2013 at 11:13 #

    Hi everyone, I’m from Ireland, currently living in Brittany, France but my husband is on a transfer list for Guadeloupe. Hopefully we’ll be moving in either September 2013 or April 2014. I’m a bit concerned about ‘La Dengue’ as mosquitoes love me. Is it difficult to avoid getting bitten?? This is one of many questions I have but it’s the one I worry most about well, that and hurricaines!
    My hubby’s job could be anywhere on the island but I’m crossing my fingers it’ll be St Anne or somewhere thereabouts. All the best for now!

    • Girl in Guadeloupe April 20, 2013 at 15:07 #

      La Dengue is not the end of the world. I had it, but I did have a mild case. And yes, for one week it does feel pretty craptastic. I suppose you could catch a more serious case. The best you can do is wear pants and long sleeve shirts, if you’re not too warm, and use insect repellent. Like cockroaches and scolopendre, it’s just part of life here in Guadeloupe. Good luck.

  2. Heidi Beckwith February 19, 2013 at 13:25 #

    I am a high school teacher in the U.S. and my students are doing a project on different countries. They would like to ask you a few questions about the Falkland islands. We would be very appreciative if you would be so kind as to respond.


    How would your life be different if you lived in the United States?
    What are some of Guadaloupe’s customs or cultures?
    There are various languages spoken in Guadalupe, what are the main 2?
    Are there any festivities that are celebrated in Guadeloupe and why are they celebrated?
    Do you enjoy living in Guadaloupe? Why?

    • Girl in Guadeloupe April 20, 2013 at 15:06 #

      Hello Heidi,
      I can help you with Guadeloupe, but not the Falkland Islands. Which one are you doing research on, if it isn’t done already?

  3. Brecka October 22, 2012 at 17:09 #

    Warm Greetings! I’m from Chicago, IL, USA and plan to head to your exciting island end of Nov/beginning Dec…yes, I’m running from winter!! I want to stay in Sainte Anne for a few months and attend a french language school. Question for you guys: Where/How can I find affordable housing? The school and the web searches I’ve done are only offering super high rents (over $1500/month), I can live more cheaply in Chicago-so those numbers are crazy!!! Please. please send me any advise or ideas you have. Many thanks 🙂

    • Girl in Guadeloupe January 3, 2013 at 19:47 #

      hello, sorry for the delay, Brecka. Thanks for writing. It’s nice you’re coming just to visit. Guadeloupe is a nice place to visit. I’m afraid it will be difficult for you to find affordable housing for just a few months if you can’t read the sites in French. You could try abritel.com and search for Guadeloupe, there are people who say they speak English so you could try calling or writing them. I’m not sure where you’re searching, but 1500 a month seems rather high. Have you contacted the French school you are planning on attending about housing connections? That would be your best place to start. To your point – you’re correct, you could live for much less in most places in the world. Guadeloupe is expensive. It’s not backpacker friendly. In fact, I don’t really find it to be hyper tourist friendly, but then again I’m not a tourist anymore. Good luck to you in your search!

  4. Natalie Coqk May 2, 2012 at 16:25 #

    I am so so so so happy to read that there are Americans in guadeloupe. My mother is from that island so been there a couple of time and lived there for six years as a child and never met any Americans. I am planning to go back in june and would like to meet some of the Americano. I am from Houston Tx.

  5. Norina March 14, 2012 at 10:14 #

    Hello there — My story is quite similar to yours…I sent you an email via the ex-pat blog the other day. I am living in St. Francois now, with my french boyfriend (and sometimes his two children). I would love to meet up sometime.

    • christina October 21, 2012 at 23:19 #


      reading the blog, i have come to realise how every english speaker or i ‘ll say non francophone born will feel upon coming here. Like the girl in gwada, i am here because my husband who is from here decided to come back to his island. But it is hard inspite of having been here for 6 yrs. lonely, but yet surrounded (by my husband ‘s fly, it’s not the same, because they have never been expats), miserable yet happy, frustrated yet grateful for so many things. Infact i am not such a good writer like gitl in gwada, but in many ways she depicts my feelings & experiences here. MBA qualified, chartered accountant studier but no real openings in foreign firms because there aren’t much, thus no real contacts with expats, which i guess why the feelings of loneliness, frustration, & melancholy. I studied in france but never had the feelings because i was surrounded by foreign students & english speakers always in search of other ‘aliens’ donc on s’y retrouvait. for all of you who are in similar need of exchanges from foreigners, expats whatever the world, plse do hesitate to write

  6. Steve Cruickshank March 7, 2012 at 12:17 #

    Hey there, just moved to Guadeloupe and would love to meet another american living down here. Anyways love the blog and would love to meet up sometime for café or a drink. Cheers!


    • Wander March 5, 2013 at 21:59 #

      Hey Steve,

      After spending a month in St. Anne I just moved to Le Gosier. I’m actually not American but Dutch who decided to live here to truly improve my French (and beach, blue sea’s, etc. etc.). Would love to catch up sometimes!



      • steve cruickshank April 22, 2013 at 19:34 #

        hey wander, I live in gosier as well and there is an english group mostly european that meet up at the affirmative on wednesday nights. If your interested in meeting some more english speakers feel free to come join us.

        cheers steve

      • Girl in Guadeloupe April 23, 2013 at 09:00 #

        Yes! Is the Affirmative the bar in the center by the pelican statue?

      • steve cruickshank May 6, 2013 at 15:59 #

        Yep thats the one

  7. Ana February 25, 2012 at 19:26 #

    Hi! I’m from Florida and will be soon visting my boyfriend’s family in St. Francois. I read nearly your entire blog and loved your posts. I like tnat you are trurhfull and don’t sugarcoat anything for the readers. If you have some time it would be fun to meet 🙂 Also if Pirate has some good suggestions for surf spots and board rentals (if there are any) i would love to paddle out there.



    • Girl in Guadeloupe April 21, 2012 at 18:27 #

      Hi Ana,
      I’m sorry about my hiatus coinciding with your visit to Guadeloupe – I assume you’re already back in the US? Either way please contact me to tell me when you’re coming or how your trip was. Hope to hear! – Gigi

  8. Queenmary January 16, 2012 at 20:22 #


    I’m from Guadeloupe and i like your point of view about the way of living here.
    We may do not agree about all, but the way you talk about it is so fresh, so authentic and also so funny sometimes.
    Thanks for sharing !
    And welcome !

    • Girl in Guadeloupe January 18, 2012 at 10:27 #

      Hello! Thanks for writing, I’m thrilled to have a Guadeloupean reading my blog! Thank you for the welcome. I am beginning to feel at home actually! Please do continue to express yourself if you don’t agree with some of my whining, if it helps me better understand how things work, it’s a good thing! The cultural differences can be both funny and, I imagine, frustrating to hear about. I know sometimes when people talk about ‘the Americans’ or ‘The whole US’, sometimes I really disagree, but with the right person it makes for informative conversation, progress! Bienvenue sur mon blog, QueenMary!

  9. Lionel October 25, 2011 at 23:09 #

    I’m from Guadeloupe and I love America and foreign culture.
    It’s funny to know that you left such a big country for a tiny island. It should have been hard at first. But I’m glad to, know that some Americans can enjoy the life here.


    • Girl in Guadeloupe November 1, 2011 at 16:56 #

      Hi Lionel, Thanks for the welcome! Yes it was very hard in the beginning! It is still very difficult at times I think because when we need comfort we need familiar, and I guess Guadeloupe isn’t entirely familiar yet! I’m appreciating the good things as often and as much as I can! Today I am just happy that the air conditioning works;-)

  10. Lisa July 26, 2011 at 08:24 #

    Hi, I just moved to Guadeloupe. It’s nice to find another American living here. I’m in Baie-Mahault with my French boyfriend who is working here and would love to meet up for a drink!

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