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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.