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Thanks so much mamas for replying to my thread. I'll be more specific...
Do you want rural?
Rural is our first choice, suburban second, urban third. We are looking to rent.
What kind of jobs do you need?
DH is an RN and I am a special education teacher, so we would need to be fairly close (30 minutes or so) to a hospital, as well as a school. DH is currently a psychiatric nurse, and would prefer to work at a psychiatric hospital or a hospital with a mental health unit, but would consider another type of nursing if that is not available.
What services do you want access to?
Our family eats mostly raw fruits and vegetables (mostly fruits), so one of the most important factors would be access to affordable produce. We would ideally like to grow our own one day. A farm, community garden, farmer's market or co-op would be great. About how much does produce (i.e. mango, pineapple, oranges, papaya, lettuce) cost there?
Do you want a hospital, mall, Target, Walmart near you?
I don't need to be close to a mall or Walmart/Target. We love the outdoors (part of why we want to relocate there) so access to activities like hiking and bicycling would be great.
Do you require special medical services such as therapies?
No, not at this time.
Any suggestions of places that might fit?
Some other questions...
How are the public schools?
How do you get from island to island and what is the cost of
Thanks so much mamas for your help. I appreciate it very much.
there are pockets like what you describe on most of the islands - i imagine it will come down more to jobs and what type of a living situation you can find that suits your needs, which i imagine will require a visit to different islands :-)) they just feel different...
about your more specific questions:
- as of today, flying is the only way to get from island to island (there was a Ferry for the past year from some of the islands to some of the other islands but that has just been shut down for a variety of reasons and there is no word on when that will change) and the cost varies, on average around $200ish round trip?
- and the public schools are not great on a whole. there are some here and there that folks life for different reasons but overall, not so good. the charter school movement is pretty big here so that is an option, but done by lottery and some have long wait lists. private schools vary on quality, as they do everywhere.
hope this helps a bit.
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