For the equally dogged dreamers among you, here’s their timeline to citizenship:
Most visitors come for the glorious but short summer. Winters can be extraordinarily windy, dark, cold, and long, and the sun may not shine for days or even weeks. The upside for winter is that’s when the islanders PARTY. Crops and the fishing boats are in, tourists are gone and it’s time to get together, though I have no idea what will happen in this plague year. For a come-from-away like me, staying through the winter gives you more credibility with permanent residents. Winter doesn’t end until April and sometimes May (just in time for the black flies to arrive), so you understand, this idyll is not all beaches, golf, scenery, and blueberries.