It’s been a quiet weekend in San Pedro Town

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Joker FC takes on Legends in a game Sunday during the San Pedro Sports Committee Football Tournament. beneath a magnificent cloud formation.
Joker FC takes on Legends in a game Sunday during the San Pedro Sports Committee Football Tournament. beneath a magnificent cloud formation.

Sitting in paradise, preparing our taxes.

How is that for a disconnect?

Actually taxes were more tedious than complicated this year. Thank you, TurboTax. That did consume most of my day yesterday, and part of Saturday. But the paperwork has been e-filed to the IRS and life resumes. Although it is never too soon to be thinking about next year and filing as an expat.

Right. Maybe tomorrow.

One of the many teams who put together projects for the San Pedro High School science fair. This exhibit was on the effects of hydrophonics and liquid fertilizers on local fruit and produce plants.
One of the many teams who put together projects for the San Pedro High School science fair. This exhibit was on the effects of hydrophonics and liquid fertilizers on local fruit and produce plants.

It was a quiet weekend in San Pedro Town.

Now that Carnaval is over and the bright sunlight slowly fades signs of the traditional “painting” spree from streets, walls, hair and clothing.

Maybe it just seems quieter because we generally don’t bicycle into town at night when the party is supposed to be in full roar along the waterfront. This is the High Season after all and the bulk of the year’s visitors are supposed to be here right now.

We’re new to all this but I don’t see the mad crush of tourists I was anticipating.

This group applied physics and physiology to footballers to improve their performance on the pitch.
This group applied physics and physiology to footballers to improve their performance on the pitch.

We have seen some things most tourists aren’t likely to go out of their way to experience.

Like San Pedro High School’s annual science fair on Friday.

Talk about a disconnect.

Not far from where visitors are pounding back Belikins and rum drinks while soothing sunburns and eagerly asking about the Chicken Drop, the island’s brightest young minds are demonstrating hydrophonic experiments, alternative energy solutions, comparative seaweed-drying techniques and even the scientific application of physics principles to creating a better footballer.

The school courtyard and basketball court were filled with colorful booths and excited voices as island rhythms pumped out over the sound system. Students worked in teams and many were dressed in matching t-shirts promoting their project –Team Hydro, Team Solar, that kind of thing.

This team explored wind technology for power generation for the San Pedro High School science fair.
This team explored wind technology for power generation for the San Pedro High School science fair.

What a delight to talk with these kids about their projects. Mature, composed, articulate, enthusiastic. So many of the projects seemed geared toward improving life on the island – raising produce and vegetables in compact spaces, water purification, capitalizing on wind and solar power (both plentiful here), uses for recycling, energy conservation, resource management.

These kids and their teachers put a lot of work into those projects.

It was easy to imagine this island in good hands – even better hands – a generation from now.

On Sunday morning Rose and I took yoga together at Zen Arcade. She has been going nearly every day. This was my first since Thursday’s restorative yoga class.

I won’t make the tired old joke about being wound up like a pretzel – you know the old yoga-pretzel joke right? So, I need not repeat it. But, yeah, I got wound up like a pretzel. I stretched parts of my body that I had no idea stretched.

To sum it up: I looked like a Picasso painting.

Rose at one of the many fruit and produce stands in San Pedro Town. Shopping often requires hitting two or three to get what you need for dinner.
Rose at one of the many fruit and produce stands in San Pedro Town. Shopping often requires hitting two or three to get what you need for dinner.

Followed by breakfast by Rose and a long nap.

Yoga-wise, I have a ways to go.

One sign that we’re growing comfortable here is that we don’t need to go everywhere together. Everything isn’t so strange any more.

Sunday afternoon, Rose wanted to do some food shopping. I wanted to check out the football tournament underway at the municipal field on the lagoon-side of the town.

Even though the construction billboards for it still show a field of greens, the relatively new pitch is hard-packed sand. Maybe grass or artificial turf are still in the plans.

AAn island rock band was playing Sunday afternoon at DJ's Burgers, near the town bridge.
AAn island rock band was playing Sunday afternoon at DJ’s Burgers, near the town bridge.

For now though, the level field, free of rocks and weeds, seems to suit the local players fine.

I could have watched the match between Jokers FC and Legends to its conclusion but I’d promised to meet Rose at Carlo & Ernie’s for a late afternoon drink before pedaling home.

Our friends John and Rose were there doing the same and picking up some fresh barbecue for the evening meal. We also ran into young Rudy who works at the Legends roadhouse, just north of our home. He teased us about not coming in lately. We promised to see him Tuesday for burgers and the rock ‘n’ roll jam, both signature events at Legends.

On the way home we paused at DJ’s Burgers, right near the bridge, for a little of the late afternoon island music jam.

Good times, mon.

By the way, we don’t observe daylight savings time here.  We have daylight every day, mon. No need to save any.

Locals returning home from work along the beach path on Ambergris Caye.
Locals returning home from work along the beach path on Ambergris Caye.

 

 

Top of the bridge in San Pedro Town looking toward the Caribbean Sea, That's a town park to the right.
Top of the bridge in San Pedro Town looking toward the Caribbean Sea, That’s a town park to the right.

 

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5 thoughts on “It’s been a quiet weekend in San Pedro Town

    Karen Kelly said:
    March 12, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Sounds like you are settling in. So happy.

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    Dave Dennis said:
    March 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Hey Bob,

    Is there any kind of art scene there? Maybe you could put your investigative talents to work and get the scoop?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      March 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Very good question, Dave. There is lots of art — and artisans lined up in Central Park, selling jewelry, woodcarvings, weavings, etc. I shall put that question to a very nice art dealer that we met recently. His shop has hundreds of canvases painted by Belizean artists. A lot of it, I believe comes from the mainland.
      There is also a woman with an art shop who sometimes holds painting sessions at local bars during the quieter season. She sets people up with canvas, paints and a subject — and perhaps a drink.
      So, my initial response is that there is plenty of beautiful art. Is there an art community, or scene? That indeed will be a subject to investigate. I have not yet heard of theater groups, book clubs or the like but that doesn’t mean they aren’t lurking right under my nose!

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    Julia Smith said:
    March 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

    HI Bob! I just love reading your blog! It’s a great escape from working all day. By the way, how in the world do you pronounce where you live? I starts with an A. I now also have my boyfriend’s sister following you on this blog as well since she would like to retire and live elsewhere as well. Looks like you guys are having the time of your lives. Keep it up! XOXXO to both of you! Julia

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      March 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Thanks, Julia! I appreciate that. But I have to say from following you on Facebook, you have built a pretty darn exciting life (if a very busy one)!
      The island is Ambergris Caye — pronounced ām’bər-grĭs’, or -grēs. I have been incorrectly pronouncing it am-ber-geese. Also worth noting Caye, which means island, is pronounced “key.”
      Ambergris is something expelled by whales which, depending on when you find it on the beach, can smell awful ripe or sweet. It was once used as a stabilizer in perfumes.
      Here’s another bit of trivia: “The rock group Rush mentions ‘ambergris’ in the song ‘Panacea’ (on the Caress of Steel album) and Geddy Lee pronounces it to rhyme with his last name.”
      Comforting to know the pronunciation is all over the map …

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