Living in the Bahamas is a huge blessing.

That being said, one makes a few adjustments in their ways of living to “make it” down here.  The first one that comes to mind is dealing with a loss of power, well, all the time.

Let me take a moment to explain what a loss of power entails here.  We use rainwater collected in cisterns for showering, drinking, doing dishes, laundry… you get the point.  There’s a pump that runs of electricity that gets the water from your cistern to your sink.  No power=no shower.  You also get creative about using the restroom, but I’m not even going to go there.

During most of the year, you’ll experience loss of power at least 5 times a month and not bat an eye.  Even I have become accustomed to coming home to a hot house with no internet or water, but it’s usually only out for a few hours.  Annoying, but definitely something the average person can handle.

Summertime is a whole different ballgame.  The islands are brimming with tourists and second homeowners, and the power sources are pushed to the max.  Daily the power will be out for what they call “load sharing,” or basically scheduling outages among all the different out islands in the Abacos.  In some weeks, not a day goes by that you’ll have power all day.  I was here last summer, and even (kind of) got used to that.  What can you do?

This week, however, has been one of the worst I’ve experienced.  Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the power was off for 22 hours, and again immediately after for another 4.  Thursday and Friday held 6 outages during the two days.  Between having a temperature of around 100 degrees and hosting 2 visitors, that’s not so good.

One other thing that is unfortunate about these outages is that there will be surges and dips in the electricity before it goes out.  Appliances suffer the most from these surges, and sadly, we lost an a/c unit just yesterday to one such surge.

(the surge protector for the doomed air conditioning unit)

Is it beautiful down here?  Absolutely.

Is it worth it?  You bet.

Am I looking forward to consistent power sources in the future?  I’ll give you two guesses.


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