Maria’s

I swear, the heat’s making me stupid

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Two men slowly  press north in a boat full of trimmings. Manual labor here can be hard, really hard. Then add the heat and dust and bugs. Serious admiration for Ambergris Caye's laborers.
Two men slowly press north in a boat full of trimmings. Manual labor here can be hard, really hard. Then add the heat and dust and bugs. Serious admiration for Ambergris Caye’s laborers.

I thought for sure that it would rain last night.

While cycling back from Annie’s with a bag of chips for dinner I felt like the mythical fish on a bicycle (“A woman needs a man like a fish ….”).

No feminism reflections here. It was just so muggy that it felt like the air itself would burst open like a balloon and unleash torrents upon this parched little island. Read the rest of this entry »

Four months in Belize: We’re got some answers, Part 1

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Sunsets from our porch can be quite distracting. This one was going on as I was trying to write this blog post.
Sunsets from our porch can be quite distracting. This one was going on as I was trying to write this blog post.

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 »

A Belize day-in-the-life: Sapotes, yoga, good food and friends

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Mayem Sapotes share the bowl with a couple of limes, bananas, tomatoes .... just another shopping day, with lots of yoga.
Mamey Sapotes share the bowl with a couple of limes, bananas, ginger, tomatoes …. just another shopping day, with lots of yoga.

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 »

Bliss in Belize: Rose sums up her feelings after six weeks

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Bliss in Belize: Sunday's sunset from the deck of our home on Ambergris Cay, Belize.
Bliss in Belize: Sunday’s sunset from the deck of our home on Ambergris Cay, Belize.

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: Read the rest of this entry »

Moon over Ambergris Caye

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Nice way to end the weekend -- at the Palapa Bar for some cold Belikins.
Nice way to end the weekend — at the Palapa Bar for some cold Belikins. This is a shot taken just as we were leaving for a cycle ride down the beach to home.

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:

Honestly, n iPhone does not do the moon justice. It was big and orange and stunning on the horizon.
Honestly, an iPhone does not do the moon justice. It was big and orange and stunning on the horizon.

 

 

About a boy and his bike

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OK, not about a boy.

A manchild and his love for bikes, maybe?

Bicycles are vehicles. More often than not, a means to an end. Here in San Pedro Town, Belize, they are a significant means to get you from here to there, from home to work or school. And sometimes bicycles are the home office. Read the rest of this entry »

Night of the gecko … terror strikes deep in San Pedro

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Breakfast under the coconut trees at Estel's in San Pedro Town this morning. Note the blue sky. That was to change dramatically by this afternoon.
Breakfast under the coconut trees at Estel’s in San Pedro Town this morning. Note the blue sky. That was to change dramatically by this afternoon.

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 »

Saturday is shopping day in San Pedro

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MMaria gives a little wave between waiting on customers, like Rose, at right, this morning.
MMaria gives a little wave between waiting on customers, like Rose, at right, this morning.

With no prospect for internet installation today, Rose and I were free to move about the caye.

That means getting some shopping done.

The fun of it all is that there is no one place to get it all.

Our first stop was the Lion’s Club which holds a monthly rummage sale. People can lease a couple of tables and unload their excess. Rose picked up some shorts and we got some books. Read the rest of this entry »