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ChristMISS in Belize
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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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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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Quarantine Chronicles- Locked down again

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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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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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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Quarantine Chronicles- Locked down again

As Belize rides it’s second wave- really, we could argue this is the first wave because the original “outbreak” was hardly a wave, barely even a ripple- of Covid community spread, the GOB has announced the return of strict measures to attempt to squash infection rates.  What began a little more than a week ago with localized lockdowns in areas with identified cases has today been instituted nationwide.  Restaurants and bars are closed for 2 weeks (allowing takeout and delivery only), church services and events are canceled, gatherings…

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