...but so far I only know the bad words
Hi all, I'm from New York City and my boyfriend and I, after a year of flying back and forth between AUA and NYC, have recently started making plans for me to move down there for a short period of time (within the 3 - 6 month time limit for a tourist) in September to see if we can handle a non-long distance relationship. My boyfriend is an Aruban national and is employed full-time. I've read ad nausea the limitations for getting a work permit, so I really don't have any questions about that (except if anyone knows anyone looking to hire a top-25 university grad with 2 years of experience corporate event planning and one year in high-end wedding planning....*ahem* shameless plug *ahem*).
What I do need to know is WHAT am I not thinking about by quitting my job and moving and living as a tourist for 3-6 months. I have enough savings to be unemployed for some time down there and my boyfriend is already on top of looking at suitable apartments (he's in one in Nunez right now, but it's a lot of space for just the two of us). But my mom keeps reminding me about health insurance and having prescriptions filled and opening a bank account and purchasing a car and getting THAT insured, especially if I'm not a resident and therefore don't pay taxes. Does anyone have any advice of things I should be thinking about in the next few months (especially those of you who are there for 6 months at a time). What are the limitations if I happen to get sponsored for a work visa while I'm down there? Am I allowed to do that as a tourist on the island? I've been to the island four times this year, so have seen a good deal of it, but do you have any rumination on culture shock or any frustrating cultural misunderstandings or experiences as a non-Aruban living on the island? I've already committed a couple cultural faux-pas' of my own, but I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's stories.
Thanks so much for all your advice!