Life of an Expat "We basically said, 'Let's go live there a year and evaluate it, then we can move back if it doesn't work out,'" says Anna Holley, who moved to St. Croix from Austin, Texas, with her husband, Carl. "We didn't have any kids, we were young and it was a year of our lives. I can think of a lot worse things to do with a year of my life." Now Anna and Carl, both 32, have lived on the island for nearly six years. "The first night in our condo I made a spaghetti dinner," says Anna. "A year later I made the same spaghetti dinner and we looked at each other and said, 'Do you want to stay? Yes!' A year goes by so quickly."