Archive - 2020

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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
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Leaf Peepers Placencia
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Things I’ll miss about America- Blueberries, Baked Brie and Jelly Bellies
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Megan’s top 5 things to eat in Belize
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Caribbean Life for Kids
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September is for Seagrapes

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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Leaf Peepers Placencia

It’s FALL! Ahhhh, autumn in the Caribbean. It doesn’t have quite the same feel as it did when I was growing up in Pennsylvania. We are missing is the iconic fall foliage but here is some unconventional leaf peeping.

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Things I’ll miss about America- Blueberries, Baked Brie and Jelly Bellies

I found this post hanging out in my Drafts from 2015- before we sold everything and moved to Belize to build our new life. Looking back is fun with our perspective now as immigrants… this post holds true! I DO miss these things. Side note- the blackberries here aren’t what you’re probably picturing. They happen to be dropping now though so maybe I need to write a new post about Belizean Blackberries! (They’ll never be as good as NJ blueberries though) We live just a half an hour’s…

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Megan’s top 5 things to eat in Belize

#5 Coconut Coconut anything and everything- You may have read my past post about coconuts so you’d know Phil and I LOVE the suckers. Belizean chefs use this local staple to flavor a plethora of dishes. Coconut rice, fish simmered in a coconut curry, fried coconut shrimp, shredded coconut candy, coconut bread a donuts… need I go on?!?! We go absolutely coconut crazy when we travel somewhere tropical. Perhaps the novelty wears off once you live there awhile but when we visit we feel the need to cram…

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Caribbean Life for Kids

In this mixed-up, restrictive, weird and wild world of 2020 he is finding joy in simple pleasures and growing his unique personality and talents. Even though regular school isn’t in session and border closures have squashed our annual travel plans to visit the grandparents; life isn’t all that different today as it would be otherwise for a little boy growing up by the beach in a village on the Caribbean Sea.

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September is for Seagrapes

Okay I realize I’m late with this post; it is October already and therefore apple cider and pumpkin spice season, BUT September is for seagrapes. Last weekend, after returning from my private island girl’s getaway on Little Harvest Caye, I took Mitch for a long walk to give my champion husband some much needed quiet time. Poor Phil gets stuck holding down house duties while I get to galivant at luxury resorts (like this time) or sip handcrafted cocktails by the pool (one of a few times) and…

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