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

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Staying busy in Belize
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Hot stuff coming through!
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World Tourism Day- Yeah that’s a thing!
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Carnival in Placencia
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Kick-off to Independence Weekend
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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia for Dummies- Part 3
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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia for Dummies- Part 2
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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia (for Dummies)
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Flying high at Mayan Sky
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Entertaining kids in Placencia without breaking the bank

Staying busy in Belize

Vacationers we encounter are often curious about our expat life. After finding out that we live in this tropical paradise full time they usually ask us, “Well what do you do? What do you DO down here all day?” and we usually joke that we do a whole lot of nothing or that we’re beach bums or bar flies or we’re retired. The truth is there is PLENTY to do down here besides laying on the beach drinking rum punch… but if you MADE me, I could totally…

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Hot stuff coming through!

My friend, Cindy Flowers, and I have recently been collaborating on fundraising for the Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department. Specifically, to get Placencia (and the whole 18-mile peninsula really) a new fire truck. The one currently in use here is STRUGGLING, it’s literally cracking in half and can barely hold any water. Luckily for us, the department has a 6 X 4 vehicle and two independent pumps so that lines can be thrown into a water source (like the lagoon or sea) and hoses can be run that way….

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World Tourism Day- Yeah that’s a thing!

September 27th is World Tourism Day… didn’t you know? I didn’t either until this morning when I opened an email from the Belize Tourism Board describing a 2 day expo in the city. Apparently, World Tourism Day has been a thing sine 1980. I didn’t know! And each year there’s a different theme; this year’s slogan is “Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all.” I looked up past themes which have included sustainability and the digital transformation. The purpose of World Tourism Day is to “foster awareness…

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Carnival in Placencia

September 21st– Belize’s Independence Day and a huge party in Placencia. I only realized this year that not every town in Belize does it up like we do for our parade and party. Most villages with have a small parade and some snacks on sale but they don’t have a Carnival celebration like we do- not even Belize City! Orange Walk and San Pedro have big celebrations but we are the three locations to visit for fancy costumes, loud music, excessive shaking and merriment. Our carnival seemed rather…

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Kick-off to Independence Weekend

Today is September 21st– Independence Day! Belize is 38 years old so to speak (younger than my husband, ha!). There are parades a-plenty all over the country; yesterday we kicked off the party weekend with the children’s School Uniform Parade. I almost didn’t send Mitch this year because last year’s parade was so rough for him. It was probably 1000 degrees and the little kids were stuck in a trailer with nothing to do but sweat and in Mitch’s case- cry. This year was much better- flags to…

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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia for Dummies- Part 3

Did you know the water from a coconut is sterile? You can use it to wash your eyes, you can use it intravenously! Did you know you can treat a burn with the young flesh from a coconut? Coconuts aren’t just delicious and nutritious they’re an important apocalypse resource. #placenciaprotip Nothing says vacation better than enjoying a Crazy Coconut (coconut water, coconut rum) in a lounge chair at Barefoot Beach Bar. Hang with me as we finish our foraging walk around the village and let me tell you…

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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia for Dummies- Part 2

Full on foraging!  As I write this, I’m ACTUALLY drinking a Chanca Piedra tea for a daily preventative liver detox… at least I hope its Chanca Piedra.  It tastes medicinal, herbally, so I think that’s good.  It tastes like hot water with weeds in it if I’m being completely honest.  I’m probably not doing it right but we’ll just continue on with what I learned during Kim Ringland’s natural remedies workshop; and this is just scratching the surface of the wonderful and wacky world of herbs.  If you’re…

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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia (for Dummies)

Okay so I went down a Kindle Unlimited wormhole of apocalypse fiction last year and now the collapse is always in the back on my mind along with loosely formed reaction plans for pandemics, EMPs and of course zombies.  I think Belize is probably a pretty good place to be in to try and ride out the end of the world; it’s the least populated country in Central America: the greatest advantage you can have when society is falling apart- whether the cause is massive wars, disease, rioting…

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Flying high at Mayan Sky

Our little man, Mitch, wanted desperately to go zip lining for his 4th birthday.  The adrenaline junky in him got his first taste of zip lining at Hopkins’ MangoFest where the guys from Mayflower Bocawina Park had a kids discover zip, two-line set up. The kids got geared up.  How cute! And did their two runs down the zip lines.  This is a highlight at MangoFest and a great way for beginners to experience zip lining for the first time. So, for his 4th birthday treat Mitch joined…

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Entertaining kids in Placencia without breaking the bank

If you liked the last post (free and cheap things to do on CC) then you’re going to love this post- free or cheap things to do in Placencia! There’s no shortage of awesome tour and activity options from Placencia that are kid friendly- snorkeling, zip lining, horseback riding, Monkey River, banana or spice farm, intro to scuba, river tubing… you get the idea.  But these tours can begin to put an ache on your wallet.  What would I recommend for cheap thrills around the village?  Plenty!  I’ve…

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