My old friend Dave Dennis from San Diego sent me an e-mail yesterday that was filled with questions about our life here in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Dave’s questions echo many that we have received, from other friends and readers of the blog.
Since today marks the start of our fifth month here in Belize, now would be a good time to try and answer these questions.
For my benefit as much as yours. Read the rest of this entry »
Quiz time, my little Luminosity-loving friends! Very simple and no time limit.
1. Sashimi Styled Snook A. Protos Gran Reserva, Spain
2. Savory Cheese Custard/Heirloom Tomatoes B. Bujanda Finca Antigua, Garnacha, Spain
3. Butternut Squash & Ricotta Gnochi C. Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, U.S.
4. Chocolate & Vanilla Pork Short Ribs D. Villa Antinori Toscano Bianco, Italy
5. “Cookies and Milk” Pie E. Qunita Do Noval, 2003 Port
Given its advantage point as the restaurant closest to the finish line for the 10th annual Lagoon Reef Eco-Challenge kayak race, it was no surprise that business on Sunday morning was booming in Estel’s Dine by the Sea.
Yet, somehow, Rose and I ended up with the front corner table, closest to Central Park and the finish line. From this vantage point we could look far down the beach, and catch glimpses of the sea between piers and palapas.
Sooner or later — later, as it turned out — the brightly colored kayaks of the lead boats would appear. Read the rest of this entry »
We have a local phone. It only took, what, nearly three months?
Let’s just say there wasn’t any overriding, compelling, just-gotta-have-it reason to acquire another phone. Rose and I are big e-mail users and the communications lag suits our new lifestyle just fine.
It used to be like this: Read the rest of this entry »
If there is one thing that I learned in my short stint with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) it was how to set up a ribbon cutting ceremony.
There were at least four of them. That worked out to one a month. To which you can also add a month-long celebration of bicycling which culminated in a bike festival followed by a single day in which thousands of people actually rode their bicycles to work and school.
SANDAG is many things but its biggest role is as the transportation agency for the 3.2 million people in San Diego County. And it handles its duties extremely well. It builds highways, bike paths, railroad tracks and bridges – and I contributed to organizing ribbon cutting ceremonies for each of those.
So it was with some professional curiosity that I decided to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday night for the San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk & Water Taxi Terminal on the lagoon side of San Pedro Town. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a gecko in the bedroom.
Like many a good gecko, this one is heard but not yet seen. Unlike that overexposed fellow who shills for GEICO.
Problem is, the gecko is heard at the most inopportune times. Like when we are trying to sleep. If you go strictly by the sound, this thing must weigh in at 10 pounds and measure more than a foot long. Read the rest of this entry »
A couple of flights that can only be described — thankfully — as “uneventful” have brought us to Belize.
More specifically: the Blue Tang Inn at 1 Sandpiper Lane in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. (I’ve suddenly begun misspelling the caye as “Amberguis” on Facebook. What’s with that? Sleep deprivation?)
So, words fail me just now — hey, it is sleep deprivation!
Until the brain re-engages, here are some early photos.
As we walked back to the inn we met our first San Pedro real estate agent, who naturally offered to help us find a home. We may drop back to chat with her.