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A blog for and about:
-aspiring expats
-vacation addicts
-beach bums
-adventure seekers

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Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way
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An Overnight to Belmopan and Agua Viva
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Belizean Stew Chicken- the White Gyal Way
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Living the Dream
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Cheap Eats Placencia
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ChristMISS in Belize
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Unique Shopping in Placencia
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Crocodiles in Placencia Lagoon
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Anti-Trafficking Training this week at Laru Beya
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Fashion Finds- Secondhand Clothes Treasure Hunt

Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way

The Hummingbird Highway is about 50 miles of the most beautiful scenery you could ask for: mountains, valleys, rivers, lush jungle, and tidy rows of citrus fields. Connecting the capital of Belmopan with the coastal town of Dangriga, the Hummingbird Highway is the preferred route to reach the southern districts of the country from Belize City or the International Airport. With so many beautiful photo opportunities and dazzling points of interest; you should allow yourself a few extra hours of travel time—you won’t be disappointed! Here are my Top Stops along the Hummingbird Highway

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An Overnight to Belmopan and Agua Viva

The capital city of Belmopan is an easy and beautiful 2-hour drive from Placencia and while it isn’t a metropolitan center of art and culture, it is the hub of government offices and activities: Immigration, Department of Labor, the embassies, Ministry of Health and Education and whatever else you can think of.  If you’ve spent a long enough time living or working in Belize you have probably needed to handle some business in Belmopan. We’ve just returned from a trip to Belmopan.  “We” being me and Mitch and…

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Belizean Stew Chicken- the White Gyal Way

Okay, so it’s been my goal since we moved to Belize to improve my cooking skills in general but to learn to cook like a local specifically.  I want to be proficient at (I don’t expect to master the local culinary skills, I know I’ll never through a tortilla like a Maya) cooking regional fair because it’s 1) delicious and fresh 2) much more affordable!  Imported ingredients can be pricey! Our first year here I made a friend at the Crossfit gym in San Pedro- Bella is a…

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Living the Dream

In Belize time doesn’t march on, it moves to the rhythm of a gently swaying hammock or the soft bobbing of a catamaran over a placid sea. In Belize food is not just fuel, it is a carefully curated feast for the senses. In Belize life isn’t just lived, it’s celebrated with sunset toasts among friends. This is how I live now; this is being as expat in Placencia

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Cheap Eats Placencia

Let’s talk food… more specifically, let’s talk cheap eats! Everything on this list is ten Belize dollars (US $5) or less. Nosh all day long on a bitty budget and save your money for excursions.

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ChristMISS in Belize

I realize it’s been awhile since I last posted and that’s because I was battling a case of the Bah-Humbugs. I kept feeling as though there was nothing to write about- NO parades, NO gatherings, NO Mistletoe Ball this year.

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Unique Shopping in Placencia

The Belize Travelling Market is a new initiative that will occur monthly at different locations throughout the country but the inaugural occurrence will happen HERE in Placencia Village this Saturday, December 19th, on the basketball court

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Crocodiles in Placencia Lagoon

I’d nearly stopped scanning the area because it’s been such a long time since I’ve seen the lovely and elusive reptile. This morning, from the road, I spied a “log” moving with purpose across the channel.

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Anti-Trafficking Training this week at Laru Beya

This week the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Council put on a series of awareness trainings for members of the Tourism sector here on the Placencia Peninsula. Stakeholders from hotels and resorts, restaurants and tour guides were invited to attend one-day seminars on Human Trafficking. I have a background in Human Services. I spent 5 1/2 years working direct care at a crisis center in Atlantic City, NJ. Sadly, I have quite a bit of knowledge on the despicable crime of human trafficking. ** But I RSVP’ed to attend this…

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Fashion Finds- Secondhand Clothes Treasure Hunt

Placencia doesn’t have a Rodeo Drive… shocking, I know!  We take casual to a new level.  “Barefoot Perfect” is a phase that’s been coined to describe this laid-back, no-judgement, beachy hamlet.  No shirt, no shoes, no problem.  Besides some see-and-be-seen events (Mistletoe Ball, Easter, Full Moon Parties), no one really fusses with fashion all that much.  But what do you do when you wear through your shorts and tee shirts?  Hit up Humana! I love a good rummage!  Always have.  I find it cathartic to swipe through a…

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