Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Working Monday!

We did a bunch of work yesterday to the point where there was no blogging opportunities :) Dave and Victor got the roof partly done, very exciting! I am fighting some kind of cold which is always fun no matter where you are. We also pinned down a few of the strays and got some flea meds on them....lol...what an adventure that was! The minute they got away from us they rolled around in the sand like we were wiping something gross on them. Uh guys, you know you roll around in garbage and worse right?

One of the things I am both challenged by the most, and also probably "growing" the most from is the DIY nature of things down here. You identify your own concerns or issues, like for example, you notice termite damage, you see a cockroach, there are huge iguanas living under your house, you have stray dogs to deal with, your public shoreline needs upkeep, you need more security lighting, etc etc...things that in the US, I took for granted that I could call someone to take care of these things, and how they may have been taken care of was a mystery. Here, you figure out the root of the problem, figure out what spray/tool/help you need, and then you find out from a local where you get or find what you need.

It certainly breeds more competence and self reliance, while also being interdependent on local knowledge. Having to learn all this takes the fear and worry out of it (like in the US most people would think OMG termites what a disaster! Here, I have learned they are common, and you spray them and move on with your life. Same with ticks or large cockroaches :)) Coming from a mental health background (former therapist) I have been paying attention to the changes that occur when you make this kind of move and this has been the most positive so far. I have mastered being less freaked out by bugs like the ants and the sand fleas, but I am still working on not flinching when a 6 inch moth flutters by my face lol. By the way for those contemplating a trip....no worries...we did not deal with any of the above gross stuff on a vacation! The worst we saw were some ants.

Our first guest Beth will be here in 5 days! Very exciting :) Beth will be one of the last to stay in the cabanas before they are renovated. We are planning on setting up some tours, one for sure is going to be:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g291977-d2645423-Reviews-Doyle_Gardiner_s_Cockscomb_Basin_Jaguar_Reserve_Jungle_Tour-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html


Belize has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world so we will certainly be setting Beth up to do that as well. There are so many excursion options it is really hard to choose!!
Here is just a sample:
Cave tubing, hiking, snorkeling, boating, sailing, fishing, fine restaurants, shopping, Mayan tours, sunset cruises, scuba diving, cave tours, bird watching, biking, jungle tours, caye hopping, ziplining, parasailing, kite surfing, the zoo, helicopter tours, whale/dolphin/manatee watching and more!
Belize has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world so we will certainly be setting Beth up to do that as well. There are so many excursion options it is really hard to choose!! 

We are headed out to look at some sample homes from builders down here (it is Tuesday morning) then Rotary! More later :)

2 comments:

  1. If you are entertaining recommendations, we always tour with Ocean Motion, http://www.oceanmotionplacencia.com/ocean_motion_tours.html. We have enjoyed many trips with them for years and I will be taking my granddaughter on her first snorkeling trip with them.

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