Archive - 2020

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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
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Why your next vacation should be at an “Air B&B”-type property instead of a Hotel or Resort
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That cold November Rain
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Hall-O-Well, that was disappointing
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Sorrel Season- Caribbean Christmas drink
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Quarantine Chronicles- Caribbean Crafts

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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Why your next vacation should be at an “Air B&B”-type property instead of a Hotel or Resort

Belize doesn’t have much in the way of chains or big brand hotels and this has opened the door to small, independent hoteliers and subsequently: a charm that is distinctly Belizean.

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That cold November Rain

Rain rain go away! I haven’t posted in ages because I’ve been a ball of anxiety over these late season hurricanes hitting us. 2020 has been a tough year for almost everyone, every where, and it’s no different in Belize. Children’s school years have been disrupted, jobs have been lost, businesses have been shuttered, residents have suffered illness. Then hurricanes in November, what the heck? Hurricane Eta hit us the first week of November and brought record-breaking rainfall. Unprecedented flooding ravaged parts of Belize, villages along rivers were…

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Hall-O-Well, that was disappointing

Does Belize even celebrate Halloween? Belize isn’t big on Halloween but with the ever increasing North American influence, the pagan holiday of costumes and candy has gained some traction over the years- mostly in tourist towns like San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Many adults that grew up on the mainland can’t remember ever celebrating Halloween as a child but it’s become fairly common for communities now to organize something. Placencia usually has a kids’ costume parade from the Point (the Municipal Pier) up the street and then over…

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Sorrel Season- Caribbean Christmas drink

Sorrel is drank in Belize and throughout the Caribbean during the holiday season. It’s also called Jamaican sorrel, roselle, and rosebud. Tart and refreshing, sorrel tea boasts many of the same health benefits as cranberry juice.

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Quarantine Chronicles- Caribbean Crafts

I perfected my sourdough recipe- the trick was to half the proofing time and never kneed (only fold). I made magnets from shells and bottle caps, I painted, I cooked, I repurposed conch shells as planters, and I got in to macramé!

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