OK … inhale, hold breath … jump!

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We’re moving to Belize.

Holy shit.

No, really. We’re moving to Belize.

This is no excerpt from a dialogue. This is a mobius-like interior monologue that has been rolling around in my head ever since Rose and I decided to pull the cord a couple of months ago.

We really are moving to Belize. Some time in the first quarter of 2014. Permanently.

Wait. What does that mean, “permanently”?

That my friends is still to be figured out. As are some of the other questions like, “What do we do with all this stuff?” “Are we renouncing our citizenship in the US?” (No.) “What will we do once we land there?” “Will we find Belize so full of ex-pats that you can’t find a native for all the Texans?” “Will ‘House Hunters International’ want to film our quest for a cheap six-month rental (to start)?” “How can we sift truth from all the hype?” What to call home – Jungle? Coastal? Island? Farmland? How do you really pronounce Ambergris? And Placencia? And “caye”? What does a Belikin beer taste like?

And again, “What will we do once we land there?”

Some answers are coming soon. Rose and I will put boots on the ground on Sept. 28 for a three-week exploratory vacation. Wait. “Boots on the ground”? Who am I, GI Joe? So, Rose and I put sandals on the ground Aug. 28.

Here’s a rough sketch of our itinerary as outlined for Bobbi at belizeparadise.net (She offers seven and nine day tours of the country for folks like us.):

As it is, looks like we’ll hit the Blue Tang in San Pedro for three days, then ferry over to Corozal for three days at Orchid Bay.
After that we’ll be winging it all around Belize.
On Sept. 4 we’ll grab a bus to Belize City and pick up a rental car. Is a four-wheel drive a must in Belize? I don’t think we’ll get any farther south than Placencia and Hopkins Town. We do want to visit Orange Walk Town, Belmopan, San Ignacio and Dangriga, too.
I think we can do all that by staying on primary (ie. mostly paved) roads.I suspect that living on the fringe of a key tourist/ex-pat area will be essential as my wife is a yoga/pilates teacher with her own studio (here) who wants to keep working. I on the other hand am a former newspaper journalist and government communications specialist — all of which qualifies me for a role as bartender somewhere. As long as the drinks aren’t too complicated …. Or perhaps bicycle rental agent. I love cycling.
Well, there you have it. Ohmygodwe’removingtoBelize … in a nutshell.
I am confident it will all make more sense, the more I post. And once we get there, I’ll cross-reference reality with the loads of research we’ve been doing. We already know there are dozens of Belize realities. We just have to find the one that suits us.
So, OK, …inhale, hold your breath …jump!
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19 thoughts on “OK … inhale, hold breath … jump!

    Chris said:
    August 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Way to go…breaking out of the “pattern”. This will be fantastic to watch and learn. Travel light and far! – Chris and Ping

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Ha! Ha! Thanks, Chris and Ping — the people who broke all the patterns years ago! Safe trip home from New Zealand. Enjoy your time stateside before moving on to Istanbul. Sigh.

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    maura said:
    August 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

    GEEZ! My world travelled cousins! But, how exciting. Life has got to be done to the fullest!!

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    Brian said:
    August 5, 2013 at 2:38 am

    congrats on your new horizons bob.i remember belize from 1975 and it was way cool then.after almost 20 years here on Phuket,thailand I have just 1 input.i’ve had 2 operations here and I’ve paid not a penny period.my health insurance is just over $2,000 a year and along with excellent care I get a vip room.it’s actually a 2 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and hardwood floors.also 2 flatscreen satellite TV’s and hardwood floors with a balcony that holds 50 people.it’s all icing but coupled with high tech medical care it makes recovery so much better.when things go wrong there’s not always time to fly home.the kick here is you must get the insurance before 65.i suggest asking on your preliminary scouting some ex-pats what the norm is and consider local insurance as either a primary or secondary option.your not too old buddy brian

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      Robert J. Hawkins responded:
      August 6, 2013 at 12:53 am

      Excellent advice, Brian! Medical issues here in the states also contributed to heightening our focus on living abroad.
      Once we settle in and build the bank account back up, maybe we should visit you in Phuket! Rose has been there and loved the area (pre-tsunami).

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    lifeoutofthebox said:
    August 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    So inspirational!!! Just Do It!
    Love Your Kids.

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    Len Novarro said:
    August 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Bob, From your old friend Len Novarro. Have you tried looking into Thailand? My wife Roz and I can help if you ever change your mind and are interested,

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Hi Len! My old friend for sure!Thank you. My wife loves Thailand, having spent some time there back in the day. Some day we may take you up on this! For now we are staying close to the states. Our children and grandchild may still need us from time to time! (That is my fantasy anyway …)
      I enjoy receiving your magazine — so many great success stories. Hope you are all doing well and flourishing.

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