We totally trashed Halloween this year.
No, I didn’t say we got trashed. I said we trashed Halloween.
As in garbage.
It is a big topic on the island these days because it is a big problem. As one guy would say, “Trash is huuuge!” Read the rest of this entry »
Just so you know, we have a royal wedding planned this Saturday on Ambergris Caye, Belize.
And when I say “we” I mean the grand, island-wide “we.” I don’t mean to imply that either I or Rose are in any way a part of it.
Nope. Not even an invite to the post-wedding party on the grounds of the Island Academy which, gosh, it looks like it is going to be fun. I mean, we’re one rung above tourist here. Wouldn’t expect an invite. Nope … Read the rest of this entry »
Bear with me here.
We’re going to try something new, and I’m afraid a bit amateurish.
I want to try to recreate the experience of traveling around Ambergris Caye on a bicycle, to give readers a more-accurate sense of what life is like here — the traffic, the chaos, the odd sights, the sweet shots, etc.
You know, life on a Caribbean island as seen through the eyes of a newly landed American ex-pat riding a Taiwanese bicycle and shooting pictures with a China-made iPhone. Read the rest of this entry »
I put on pants yesterday.
For the first time since we arrived in Belize, I set aside the daily uniform of shorts, sandals and T-shirt for a pair of khaki slacks, Hawaiian print shirt, Padres baseball cap and oh yeah, sandals.
The occasion? Read the rest of this entry »
So much for that laid-back island vibe.
Rose took three yoga classes yesterday –and a hyper-energy dance class at Zen Arcade.
So, what’s a guy to do if he wants to see his wife? I took two of the yoga classes, too.
And that, my friends, constitutes a busy day here on Ambergris Caye. Well, with a bunch of other stuff thrown in between the classes. It kind of feels like this video, (which was posted by Rebecca of San Pedro Scoop) — a jittery GoPro bicycle tour up and down the same streets we cycle, filmed by Nicolai Hebert. Read the rest of this entry »
I have picked up a small obsession during my daily morning runs here on Ambergris Caye in Belize.
I count iguanas
At first it was just the novelty of it all. Running in San Diego most of my adult life I encountered plenty of rattlesnakes, small lizards, coyotes, dog poop, dollar bills, drug syringes, homeless people and tourists. None of these were in quantities worth noting on a daily basis. Read the rest of this entry »
On Sunday evening, Rose and I bicycled over to the Palapa Bar for a couple f cold beers before dinner.
There was a fresh-made Chinese Chicken Salad chilling in the refrigerator along with some of Maria’s homemade guacamole and a bag of her sweet potato chips.
The breeze in the bar was stiff and refreshing. The day’s crowd had dwindled to a hardy few.
Rose and I enjoyed a brief chat with an Oklahoma man named Todd and his college-age daughter Madison. He’s been coming to the island for many years and plans to retire here some time. We were already on or way out the door (mentally) when we met them but hopefully we’ll met again.
Sounds like Todd has some great tales to tell from his 18 years here, off and on.
This is the gift you receive when you head home from the bar, as planned:
One of the rules of Carnaval in San Pedro Town, Belize is “Respect the tourists, unless they want to participate.”
And if they do ….
Well, it looks like they are in for some kind of crazy fun.
Just wear some really old clothes. Read the rest of this entry »
Up early Sunday morning to watch the start of the Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, a 170-mile, 4-day canoe race from San Ignacio to Belize City.
Couldn’t find it on TV.
That’s because we are very early. It starts March 7.
Only thing left to do: Yoga! Read the rest of this entry »