We’re moving to Belize.
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.