Please welcome our guest blogger today, Rose Alcantara!
This is a letter Rose wrote the other day to some of her friends back in the States. I would love to see her write more often, and not just because she says nice things about me! And besides, it is about time for a fresh voice and perspective here.
If you agree that Rose should write more often, encourage her. If she does write, I promise to take more yoga classes (and maybe cook occasionally … although that may not be much of a bargaining chip).
And now, a word from Miss Rose:
So, you know of — or better yet — follow Bob’s Blog: Bound for Belize. Well, here is my 2 cents, titled: “Bliss in Belize.”
Here we are starting Week 6 in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye, Belize, and we have settled in nicely.
Last night (Saturday) at sunset, walking hand and hand with Bob on the beach to the Palapa Bar (which is a bar/restaurant at the end of a wooden pier where locals chat with visitors), I had to do a reality check. I told myself, I really live here. Walking on the sandy beach, feeling a light breeze and witnessing the myriad shades of the ocean, I realized I actually moved here.
My days are spent waking up without an alarm clock, and cycling 2 miles to yoga. Afterward, I shop at different markets for the day’s meals, and then cycle home — trying not to toss the veggies out of the basket from the bumpy roads — to shower.
Bob will have been writing all morning. He finds numerous things to write about and has quite a following. Several times, we will be sitting at a bar or restaurant and strangers come up and ask, “Are you Bob and Rose? We read your Blog and recognized Rose from the photos.” It usually happens when I am without make up and hair squeezed into a hair grip. I sheepishly say yes as Bob grins from ear to ear.
I should remember to always look my best, but as many of you know, the 33 lbs weight-limit on the bags we brought with us, with most of it being my allergic free bedding, left me little wardrobe.
Ah well, if you haven’t followed Bob blog, do check it out. I quite enjoy it myself. Bound for Belize helps me remember what I did the day before. Ignore photos of me, though. He won’t let me edit which pics he chooses.
Okay, yes, I am soooo happy here. I feel fit again. We are eating well and exercising. I find the time to read, do brain games and watch movies. I enjoy the challenge of cooking with limited produce and protein. I am even getting the urge to start teaching yoga, pilates and yogalaties again!
But all is not Rosy.
I miss you all. I do. I miss my friends. You are all such a big part of life and there is a void that cannot be replaced. Also, I miss Sourdough bread, La Crema wine, my shoes, (I wear the same sandals every single day), my summer dresses, my Pandora radio station, my reformer equipment, my cooking utensils — oh … oh … oh … and hangers to hang my few clothes! Yes, one hanger is $4. I am not paying that. Do you have any idea how many hangers I gave away? Several hundred dollars worth by Belizean standards.
I wish I had eyebrow tweezers, nail polish remover, oh, and I would love a pedicure. I also wish I’d brought a craft kit to keep my hands busy, too.
I have found that there are those expats who have moved here to get away. Bob and I moved here to run toward a new life. We pinch ourselves, how blessed we are to have this opportunity and we look forward to sharing this island with you when you visit — which I hope will be sooner than later.