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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our journey continues....

Well the time has come to finish our packing. We leave tomorrow for a one month stay on Caye Caulker!

We have rented an apartment in an area of town that we have not stayed in before. We hope to really get a good feel for what life in Belize will be like. We will cook most of our own meals on a two burner hotplate and a microwave oven. We intend to purchase our own bikes for transportation while there. We will be taking a kayak tour with the high school students discovering the off shore marine life from the perspective of a local student. We have been invited for dinner with friends we met on our earlier visits. We are bringing 21 Spanish text books for the high school and Christmas presents for the children of a family we met during our last stay. This weekend there will be the annual Christmas parade. Golf carts are transformed into "floats". They parade around town and gather with Santa afterward to receive prizes for the best float. We hope to attend our first chicken drop...a game of chance in which tickets are sold for squares on a board. A live chicken is placed on the board. I expect the crowd gets really rowdy. The excited chicken runs around until it poops on one of the squares. The winner is the person who purchased that square!

In spite of the anxiety of being away from our rental business for one month, my turning down paying work to accommodate our schedule, and Barb not being around for month end closing, we hope to really enjoy our stay. It is kind of like a test run to see if we can actually make it there. I will keep you posted on our activities throughout our stay.

5 comments:

  1. Looking forward to following along on your journey. We recently retired to Ambergris Caye but love the peacefulness of Caye Caulker. We've been on a few day trips there, and it's a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of San Pedro!

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  2. Emily,

    Every time we visit is filled with discovery of a new way of life. I'd love to hear what your experiences in Belize are like.

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  3. Hi Mike,

    Just found your blog recently, and I am enjoying going through the previous posts. I am curious to hear about your one month stay on Caye Caulker. My wife and I love Caye Caulker, and plan to retire to Belize in the future, ideally on Caye Caulker. And while we love visiting, we would love to hear more about day to day living on the island. We hope in the next couple of years to spend an extended visit on Caye Caulker (1 month+) but in the meantime, we have to live vicariously through others. Keep up the great work on the blog!

    Best,
    Homero

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    1. I must admit the blog has not been updated. CC is a magical place that many find right for them...and many find isn't right for them after several months of "island fever". We have stayed for a month and long to stay longer. I takes a couple weeks just to get into the go slow mode, so a month stay is highly recommended. We rented an apartment for a month which was far more economical and gave us the opportunity to live more in the style of what we would if we were to move there...more on that later.

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    2. I definitely agree that it takes a while to slow down. Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.

      Best,
      Homero

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