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Anguilla Reuniting Friends

by David McLay
(Toronto, Canada)

My Anguilla story goes back many years. In fact, decades. In 1960 a young man named Evan came to work where my father worked and they became good friends. He became a close family friend for many years. It turns out Evan was born in Anguilla.

A number of years passed and Evan met a woman in Toronto who was from Barbados. They were married and moved back to Anguilla where Evan started a boat building business.

The last time I saw Evan and his wife Muriel was when they visited us in Canada in 1983.

Fast forward to July 2001.

I started thinking about Evan and thought maybe I could track him down via the Internet. Within five minutes of searching I had his phone number in Anguilla. I called and Muriel answered the phone. She remembered me from my father and was very excited to hear from me.

A few minutes later Evan came in and got on the phone. He was so surprised to hear from me.

"So David" he said "When are going to visit us?" I had some vacation coming up and he said, "Great come down this summer!"

So my wife and I flew to Anguilla in August of 2001 and spent a week at Evan and Muriel's. They have a fantastic four bedroom villa style home overlooking Little Harbour. We had gorgeous views of St. Martin across the Anguilla channel.

We got to see Anguilla's summer festival and we saw a sail boat
race from Evan's power boat.

Evan had always wanted us to visit but it never happened until 2001. Alas my dad never visited Anguilla, he is now too old to travel. So that is my Anguilla story.

I hope you like it!


Toronto, Canada

P.S. I have been looking at your site from time to time and I like it!

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Aug 09, 2007
The best way to visit anyplace!
by: Nori

Thank you for such a great story, David.

My Dad always says that the best way to visit anyplace, especially if it's your firist time, is with locals who are friends. You get to see all the really neat little spots and eat at non-touristy restaurants that might take you several trips to try.

And what a wonderful reunion! Imagine "re-meeing" someone through the Internt after almost 20 years.


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