Author - Megan Rodden

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Road Trip: Where to stop along the way between Dangriga and Placencia
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Ya’axkin Butterfly Farm at Maya Center, Belize
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Easy-going Easter Celebrations in Placencia
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Interview with (serial) Expats- The Tomasians
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Placencia Fire Department receives a new truck
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Interview with Expat- Jessenia Aviles
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Billionaires in Belize
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Interview with Expat- Amanda Savage
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Interviews with Expatriates
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Pizza by the Pool- Itz’ana Resort to become your family’s new Sunday tradition

Road Trip: Where to stop along the way between Dangriga and Placencia

Road tripping to Placencia? Plan your drive with stops along the way. I wrote about must-see spots between Belmopan and Dangriga in this post: Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way. Now to continue south; where to stop on the Southern Highway between Dangriga and Placencia.

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Ya’axkin Butterfly Farm at Maya Center, Belize

About halfway between Dangriga and Placencia, along the Southern Highway, there is a community named Maya Center.  This village is situated at the entrance to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve and Jaguar Sanctuary.  Clean and quaint and steeped in tradition, this living cultural center is a day-destination in its own right.  Shop arts and handmade crafts at the Women’s collective, speak with traditional healers and tour their medicinal gardens, learn how to process cacao the time-honored way on a chocolate tour, and sample classic Belizean and Mayan dishes….

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Easy-going Easter Celebrations in Placencia

It wasn’t the mayhem and debauchery that Easter celebrations typically are but after all the non-events of 2020, this weekend’s Easter Celebrations were encouraging. Hotels and vacation homes were booked out up and down the peninsula and restaurants did a brisk business. I was so pleased to see families staked out on the beaches with coolers and BBQs going. Though there was no live music or big dance parties or Belikin-sanctioned beer drinking contests, it was a generally good holiday weekend.

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Interview with (serial) Expats- The Tomasians

Expat families come and go in Belize. Many move back to their home towns for various reasons: schools, sports, medical reasons, they couldn’t make the finances work, immigration was a hassle, or any number of what-have-you’s. Belize isn’t for everyone but regardless of why people choose to move on, a resounding commonality is that they’re grateful for the experience and happy they “tried.” I met expats, the Tomasian family, when we moved to Placencia. They’ve since moved on to Mexico and I thought it would be really interesting…

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Placencia Fire Department receives a new truck

Look what rolled in to the village this afternoon! Wooohooowooohooowooohooo- clear the way, hot stuff right here.  One of two new (new to us, they’re refurbished trucks from the US) trucks to serve in Stann Creek district.  The other one will be in nearby Independence town and help serve to greater Mango Creek area. These trucks came to us from South Carolina (and this one had been used for 20 years not far from where I grew up- West Chester, Pennsylvania! Small world).  They were decommissioned and local…

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Interview with Expat- Jessenia Aviles

Even though we rarely get to see one another anymore, Jessy is one of my dearest friends.  I met her years ago at our local gym during a group fitness class.  At the time I was recruiting new players for my female flag football league and I invited her to come play with us; I didn’t realize she was from Panama and knew next to nothing about American Football.  No worries!  She took to the league with the good-natured enthusiasm she approaches most of life with.  We went…

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Billionaires in Belize

Lukas Lundin’s superyacht, Savannah, pulls in to Placencia Pointe. We’ve never seen such an impressive ship before. The billionaire businessman’s boat is worth over $100 million.

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Interview with Expat- Amanda Savage

Amanda Savage is a funky Floridian that runs the village ice house and makes crafts from road kill. She’s called Placencia home since 2017 and has no plans to ever leave. I wanted to feature Amanda in an Interview with Expats because I don’t think she fits the typical image many people have when they think of a Belize expat

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Interviews with Expatriates

I’ve always planned to have a section on this blog titled “Interviews with Expats” to profile people from all walks of life who have done it, who have moved abroad and built a new life in their chosen country. I think it’s so important for individuals thinking about making a move themselves to do the research and hear other’s experiences

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Pizza by the Pool- Itz’ana Resort to become your family’s new Sunday tradition

Itz’ana Resort, luxury hotel and residences, has just begun offering wood-oven pizza prepared hot and fresh to be enjoyed on the beach or beside the pool. You needn’t be an overnight guest of the resort to relish this experience, Itz’ana invites you to participate in pizza by the pool every Saturday and Sunday

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