I’ve waited two months to write this post because, well, I don’t know. I guess it has taken me that long to process the fact that I live in Belize. I’ve come to this conclusion: I don’t ever want to leave. I think I waited so long to write this post because I wanted to write about some grand epiphany that melted away all of my fears, anxieties, and negative thoughts the moment I stepped off the plane. But that’s not what happened. Moving to another country is a huge adjustment- one that I’ve been dreaming of for years, but was mentally unprepared for.
A couple of months later, I’m sitting here, looking at the sea, and knowing that I couldn’t think of a better place to live.
So what’s life like now, a month and a half since I’ve moved to Ambergris Caye Belize?
What I’ve experienced so far:
Street meat. Meat carts that are set up in the center of town. Reeeeaaally tasty way to end a night of drinking.
Dirt roads: They are working on paving the road here. Until then, it’s a bumpy golf cart ride to town, or a boat taxi.
Making new friends: Since my boyfriend lived here before, he knew some people here who welcomed us, so it hasn’t been lonely at all.
Missing old friends: Okay, calling them old friends is a little melodramatic. I skype with my friends and my mom about once a week. But I’ve really began to miss my having my friends just a car ride away.
Eating lots of lobster. The other day I went to a hole in the wall downtown restaurant that has become our new favorite spot. I ordered a lobster burrito. Out came this monstrosity sporting an entire lobster tail on top. And yes, there was a TON of real lobster meat inside. Not bad for 13 bucks!
Mosquitos Mosquitos Mosquitos. Holy mosqioto- there are a lot of mosquitos here. The first week here, my legs and arms were visibly lumpy from mosquito bites. You couldn’t tell where one bite ended and another began. Now, I hardly notice the bites anymore (but my legs are still covered in battle scars from that first week. Shouldn’t have itched them!)
Being a foreigner: It’s a weird feeling. I’m obviously not from here, and sometimes I feel stared at. It’s different.
Snorkeling & Pica Pica: We went snorkeling on our anniversary, and it was amazing. I got a little Pica Pica (a rash that you get from baby jellyfish) and thought I was dying for about ten minutes. A little vinegar on the rash, and a little vodka in my mouth took away the pain.
More energy, and desire to work: It is crazy how much creative energy I have here! I thought I’d want to go out and do things all the time- but some days I really love sitting at my laptop and working. I’m getting into a really good routine and flow that can only be attributed to the sunlight and heat. I don’t do well in cold, cloudy weather. Does anybody?
A “stray” dog named Sam that lives at our resort comes and sits with us on our porch sometimes. He doesn’t like to be petted (I think he’s had a hard life) but I can tell in his eyes that he’s starting to trust me. He has a girlfriend named Cici who follows him wherever he goes. They’ve accepted our dog Guy into their pack now, and they run around our yard chasing each other, sniffing, peeing, and wagging their tails. It’s the most joyful and adorable thing to watch. There’s a couple across the resort who takes care of Sam officially, but he is entirely an outside dog, free to roam where he pleases, and he likes it that way.
Adjusting to the heat- I wear a hoodie in 70 degree weather now.
Notable Differences from being in the US:
I don’t get Id’d at bars.
The Belize dollar is worth exactly 50% of a US dollar. Sounds simple enough but it does get confusing sometimes.
The birds here are more colorful than the birds in Ohio.
Time moves slower here. People move slower here. I’m starting to adjust to that and enjoy every moment instead of waiting for the time to pass.
They allow dogs almost everywhere. We can take our dog to our favorite breakfast place right on the beach, and no one bats an eye.
Milk comes in a box, and sits at room temperature on a shelf.
Butter comes in a can.
There is no mail delivery. There is one business in town that sells mailboxes. Import taxes are about 38% so you can imagine we don’t do a lot of online shopping.
All in all, it’s been an amazing two months. My plans for the next couple of months in Belize are to get in shape (something I’ve been putting off for way too long), do more snorkeling and take some underwater photos with our sweet new camera, and start learning my way around town so that I can go out on my own. I’ll be sharing more about my new Belizean life here from time to time, I hope you’ll join me on the adventure!
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