Author - Megan Rodden

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Quarantine Continues- Belize is Covid19 free but restrictions remain
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Healthcare in Belize (Courts’ Optical services)
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Quarantine Chronicles- Trapped in Paradise, part 3
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All Aboard the Cheddar Train
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Winner Winner- Everyone Gets a Chicken Dinner
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Trapped in Paradise- Quarantine Chronicles from Placencia part 2
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Do you know the Granola Man?
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Whiskers and Wine- a fundraiser for the Placencia Humane Society
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School Fieldtrip to Outback Trails
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Turtle Inn Resort with Kids

Quarantine Continues- Belize is Covid19 free but restrictions remain

Belize has been in a State of Emergency since April 1st.  We haven’t had any new cases of Covid19 in over 45 days, our borders remain closed and you would think we’d be enjoying- nay, celebrating our unique position of being one of the few countries in the world to be “free.”  But rather than going about business as usual in our own protected little bubble, we’re still under many restrictions.  Mandatory masks, curfews, distancing and no group gatherings.  You would have thought that with the swift and…

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Healthcare in Belize (Courts’ Optical services)

*disclaimer- I am not an expert on this topic and have had little need for, or experience with, medical care in Belize. These are my opinions, formed through my limited scope of exposure to Belize’s healthcare system.
We are very fortunate to all be in very good health and typically in need of nothing more than regular wellness services. If you are in similar condition then you will find Belize services adequate and affordable. We do not carry any health insurance and find it easy to visit the local clinic for minor things at little or no cost.

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Quarantine Chronicles- Trapped in Paradise, part 3

Yesterday was Belize’s 18th day with no new cases of covid-19 and we were anxiously anticipating the GOB’s afternoon press conference announcing new and more relaxed regulations for our national state of emergency.  The state of emergency was extended for another 60 days so borders remain closed through at least June 30th, the Ministry of Education basically wrote off the remainder of the school year (they’d previously announced that student for be given a pass on exams and moved up next term, they’re doing radio broadcasts as a…

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All Aboard the Cheddar Train

Last week it was chickens, this week it was cheese. I was so pleased to be able to organize a bulk purchase of delicious cheddar from Western Dairies. The premise was simple: buy a pound give a pound free. Instead of buying retail for your family this week you could buy from my makeshift co-op and get twice as much- take your family’s cheese and donate the extra pound to our community food pantries. Win win.

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Winner Winner- Everyone Gets a Chicken Dinner

Through the altruism and generosity of people here and abroad, the peninsula’s food banks have been well stocked with staples such as flour, beans, eggs, and rice. With this week’s Quality Poultry promotion, several hundred at-risk families were given chickens

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Trapped in Paradise- Quarantine Chronicles from Placencia part 2

It’s day 10 of lockdown in Belize. I know loads of other countries have been living this reality much longer than we have but I’m still wrapping my head around the changes we’re observing. Placencia went from tourist hub to ghost town in the blink of an eye.

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Do you know the Granola Man?

Muffin man?  No, the granola guy!  One of the friendly faces you should know, Mr. Evan, aka the granola man.  You can find Evan roaming the village several days a week carrying his box and bags of homemade, healthy, all-natural granola products for sale. My super picky eater, Mitch, has literally gone days with his only solid food being Evan’s granola bars.  He has loose granola for cereal and to sprinkle on yogurt as well as individually wrapped bars.  Flavors include Almond, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Mitch’s favorite: Chocolate…

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School Fieldtrip to Outback Trails

Peninsula International Academy held their annual class trip for the younger grades to Outback Trails and Farm.  Located midway between Hopkins and the Placencia junction, Outback is easy to reach; making it a great option for horseback riding and taking in the scenery of the Maya Mountains from either of these popular tourists’ destinations.  We all boarded a bus for the quick ride out to the farm. The first thing we did was visit the goat nursery pen.  This area is specifically for birthing and nursing mothers- a…

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Turtle Inn Resort with Kids

Turtle Inn, a Coppola Family Hideaway Resort (yes Coppola, as in Francis Ford Coppola, the famous film director/ wine maker/ a bunch of other things), in Placencia is eco-luxury high-end rustic dreamy indulgence.  I envision well dressed, gym-toned, expensive smelling people lounging around in big sunglasses drinking vintage wines when I envision a vacation at Turtle Inn.  But did you know they also cater to families (not just pseudo celebs and venture capitalists)?!?  Our little guy, Mitch, and his friends had the distinct pleasure of attending a Turtle…

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