Author - Phil Nagengast

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We moved again and it ain’t like HGTV
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How and why we settled on Belize
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Real life got in the way of blogging
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Exploring Caye Caulker from end to end
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Meandering around Hopkins Village
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Learning to ride a motorcycle…in a parking lot
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Field Trip-Atlantic City Seafood Festival

We moved again and it ain’t like HGTV

So the papers have been signed and its official. After vowing to never own a home again, we are now home owners. Packing Up After living in five homes in the past two years, it’s comforting to know that just about all of our possessions can now be transported in a single trip with a Ford Escape. No big moving trucks or even a large SUV is needed for us. And hopefully we just made our last move for awhile. Lofty Expectations House Hunters International. Beachfront Bargain Hunt….

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How and why we settled on Belize

The most common questions we received prior to making our move were: 1. “Why are you moving?” and 2. “Why Belize?” So I’ll try to answer those questions as best I can.  Like many people, we enjoy vacationing in warm locations during the cold northeast winters. Our first few vacations as a couple were to all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic.  But while these resorts were beautiful, we were always warned that you didn’t want to venture beyond the walls of the resort. Too dangerous, we were told. But…

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Real life got in the way of blogging

So we’re back!  We took an extended blog hiatus and here’s what we’ve been up to: We had a baby! We sold our house! We moved (several times)! From Egg Harbor Township to Simpson Avenue in  Ocean City (on 4th of July Weekend with a one month old…not fun),  and then to a winter rental on West Avenue in Ocean City. And now onto Belize. Mitch has already had four homes before his second birthday. We gave our cat away. We quit our jobs.   And we purged belongings. …

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Exploring Caye Caulker from end to end

We had taken a day trip to Caye Caulker a year ago, so we had a general idea of what the island was like. But this time we were staying for three nights,  so we had a lot more time to explore this laid-back island. Our lodging at Costa Maya Beach Cabanas offered free use of their bikes, so on our last full day on the island we took a leisurely ride around the island. The island is small so its easily explored on bike or foot and there’s…

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Meandering around Hopkins Village

For our four nights in Hopkins Village we stayed at the Hopkins Inn, which is basically in the heart of the village. Its not so much an inn, but rather three concrete cabanas situated right on the beach.  The owners of the inn, Rita and Greg, have their own larger home right on the grounds next to the cabanas. We weren’t overly impressed with the beaches in Hopkins compared to Placencia,  however Rita and Greg kept the property and our section of the beach raked every morning and free of…

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Learning to ride a motorcycle…in a parking lot

In a few days we will be taking a 10 day trip to Belize. For part of the trip we will be staying in Hopkins Village, which is a small beach town on the coast.  We love the beach, but the cool thing about this particular spot is that it is convenient to the mainland, which offers a range of potential activities.  So in preparation, we decided to take a class to get our motorcycle licenses.  The idea being that we will be able to do a lot more…

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Field Trip-Atlantic City Seafood Festival

For the third consecutive year, the Atlantic City Seafood Festival was held at Bader Field in Atlantic City. It happened back in September but it’s cool events like this that we will definitely miss when we move abroad. Some 50-plus restaurants and eateries are all gathered in one location. Most eateries were local to Atlantic City but there were several from other parts of New Jersey.   Each participant has a booth or tent set up and usually offers three or four food options.   Admission is free; you just pay…

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