It has been a slow, but relatively easy, transition into the Tinian lifestyle. We have been graciously welcomed and helped by the people of Tinian, which has made our move to Tinian much less stressfull. We lived in the Fleming Hotel until we could find a place to live, but quickly found that there were few homes available in town (there were a few more available up in the hills, but we had decided we wanted to stay in the village, and be able to walk rather than be forced to buy a car). Fortunately, an apartment came available at the Lorrilynn Hotel, where we will stay until a home becomes available.
We enjoy walking, and although the weather can be warm and muggy, it is good for the body and soul. There are plenty of little stores around to buy what we need-- each store is just a little bit different, and has different food and/or household items, so we will need to learn which store has the specific item we want.
They have a water company here that will deliver 5 gal jugs of water to your home, so water is not an issue, and the power here seems to be very good and predictable. We are always reading stories in the paper about Saipan and Rota having power outages and problems, but so far, there have been none on Tinian.
Terri started working today at the Clinic. All her government paperwork finally got processed and she was able to begin the work she loves: helping people to heal. And I was able to get back to what I love: research and writing. So Terri and I are finally starting a routine here on Tinian, which is always a comforting event. Kevan