Travel and Tourism

The season for sun worshiping on Ambergris Caye is near and a professional statue offers some tips

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Professional human statues strike various poses while preparing for international competition. I kid, but there is such a thing. This photo taken this morning in front of Sandy Toes on Boca del Rio.

You know how you can be in a certain situation and all of a sudden, boom, a solution appears right at your fingertips? And sometimes, you are in a situation — and not even aware of it until the solution appears?

I’m talking, of course, about the recent New York Times Magazine “Tip” article, “How to Stand Still.”

The article interview John Eicke, a German whose resume lists his major skill as “living statue.”

I’m sure the NYT had no idea how relevant such an article would be to a guy who lives on a tropical island off the coast of Belize, especially now that the rainy season is almost over.

I too have been mistaken for a statue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cheap flights? Southwest proves to be no bargain once you land in Houston

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Airline inconveniences fade away when you are with the most important thing in your life -- family. Clockwise from upper left: Ryand and fiance Larisa; grandson Brody with his helicopter; Brody and me, mugging for the camera; bottom, from left: Brendan & Cami, Chris & Katie, Brody & Grizzly.
Airline inconveniences fade away when you are with the most important thing in your life — family. Clockwise from upper left: Ryan and his fiance, Larisa; grandson Brody with his helicopter; Brody and me, mugging for the camera; bottom, from left: Brendan & Cami, Chris & Katie, Brody & Grizzly in Truckee.

When is a bargain not a bargain?

Probably when it is a low-priced, round-trip, Southwest Airlines ticket from Belize to Houston.

We’ve all seen them since Southwest began flying into Belize a year ago. I was among the cheerleaders since Southwest’s aggressive pricing (initially, at least) often forces the big carriers to drop prices. Win-win!

My wife, Rose, recently snagged a too-good-to-be-true ticket to Houston. She has a son in Oklahoma whom she hadn’t seen since we moved to Belize nearly three years ago. She also has a daughter in Arizona and, not coincidentally, a friend had organized a weeklong yoga retreat in Sedona for early October.

So she jumped on the Southwest sale. And offered to get me one, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Forget about living the dream as you travel, Charlie Guo, let the dream come to you

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Charlie Gou is a man on the go. He's a self-described nomad who sprints from adventure to adventure and in a recent essay he says all this chasing the dream has left him a bit empty. Don't hate Charlie. Give him credit for a little self-reflection.
Charlie Guo is a man on the go. He’s a self-described nomad who sprints from adventure to adventure and in a recent essay he says all this chasing the dream has left him a bit empty. Don’t hate Charlie. Give him credit for a little self-reflection. (All photos property of Charlie Guo)

Charlie Guo is a self-described nomad. For the past two years he has traveled the world, doing amazing stuff.

And his life sucks.

Wait. His life doesn’t suck. Charlie thinks it sucks. Read the rest of this entry »

A rainy day in Paradise

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It has been raining all day in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, drowning out some Independence Month celebrations in the town square and dampening most everyone’s enthusiasm for being out and about.

These are some photos taken today, Sept. 10 as Rose and I tried to move among the raindrops. Today is a national holiday in Belize  to commemorate the Battle for St. George’s Caye  in which the Spanish were defeated by the British, civilian loggers known as Baymen, and slaves in 1798.

These guys were just wrapping up a successful morning of fishing when we cam along the shore of San Pedro.
These guys were just wrapping up a successful morning of fishing when we came along the shore of San Pedro.
Here's the view from inside Fido's, a popular bar and restaurant along the San Pedro beach.
Here’s the view from inside Fido’s, a popular bar and restaurant along the San Pedro beach.
Today, Sept. 10, is a national holiday in Belize and, rain or no rain, kids and water must mix,along the San Pedro shore.
Today, Sept. 10, is a national holiday in Belize and, rain or no rain, kids and water must mix, along the San Pedro shore.
You'd hardly know it was a national holiday in Belize as the rain kept all but a few golf cart drivers and taxis off the streets of San Pedro today, Sept. 10, 2013.
You’d hardly know it was a national holiday in Belize as the rain kept all but a few golf cart drivers and taxis off the streets of San Pedro today, Sept. 10, 2013.
Tuesday night there was lots of noise coming from  Carlo & Earnie’s Runway Bar and Grill, next to the airport. We stepped in out of the rain to see that the US was playing Mexico in a World Cup qualifying game. There at the bar were our friends John and Rose East who are building a house on Ambergris Caye, on the north side of San Pedro. We had an unplanned and delightful evening of soccer and companionship. If we move to San Pedro, John and Rose will be a big reason why. OH, and the US won 2-0! The bars is a favorite of locals and it sounded as if most were cheering for the US. Except the bartender above whom I am told bet heavily on Mexico to win, as you can tell by the look on his face.
Tuesday night there was lots of noise coming from Carlo & Earnie’s Runway Bar and Grill, next to the airport. We stepped in out of the rain to see that the US was playing Mexico in a World Cup qualifying game. There at the bar were our friends John and Rose East who are building a house on Ambergris Caye, on the north side of San Pedro. We had an unplanned and delightful evening of soccer and companionship. If we move to San Pedro, John and Rose will be a big reason why. Oh, and the US won 2-0! The bars is a favorite of locals and it sounded as if most were cheering for the US. Except the bartender above whom I am told bet heavily on Mexico to win, as you can tell by the look on his face.

My friend John East has a blog about the construction of his home and he sometimes writes commentary on life out and about in San Pedro. It is called “Belize – Building A New Life.” Check it out!