Things that would help other people: There is a lot of setup that you just can’t plan ahead for. Our most stressful piece has been the need to make several trips to various stores and our lack of transportation other than having BT give us a ride (and advice). It’s making us all a little nuts because we didn’t have it adequately planned ahead of time and weren’t clear with everyone on our needs and what was available. Now that we have most everything we need, it seems a lot less stressful.
We stocked up on food yesterday and so can lay low and just enjoy ourselves for awhile E & F will be building us a few things – shelves for bathroom and our electronics, a place to hang clothes and a bench for our back/front porch. It’s nice to have the work for them and is pretty inexpensive overall.
I plan to read, explore the gardens a bit and just chill out. Then earn some money.
Knowing more Spanish would also be helpful!
We’re really settling in now and finding our pace. Can’t believe M is leaving on Thursday, that will be another whole adjustment. More motivation to get back here for good. Today we go into town – paycheck day for the crew plus some shopping for groceries til Tuesday.
We made a pot of beans yesterday and I added veggies to make a soup with the broth. BT, LT and M went swimming yesterday, but I took the chance for some time alone. I really do feel at home here, and I’m excited for the possibilities of what the community can be. I hope that we, as one of the first families, can be a strong guiding force for helping BIB stay true to its mission. I know there will be hard times and frustrating times, but I love it here and the natural beauty needs to be preserved. We need to avoid having a subdivision of McMansions at all costs.
Sometimes things just take longer or are more complicated here. We’ve been dealing with lots of typical stuff the past few days – the truck had suspension issues, the big generator at Toucan had motor issues, the internet got slowed down, gas and diesel mixed up in the cans, etc. Everything takes a little longer to fix or gets a little worse, but it feels ok to be dealing with all that. Reading my friend’s blog the past two years about her life in Haiti has helped prepare me mentally I think.
We had a HUGE storm Monday night – lots of thunder and lightning and downpour. Our house felt safe & strong, but I still felt a little anxious.
I’ve really been enjoying setting up the house and it’s really so comfortable to live in, too. BT is very helpful in getting the lay of the land and being acclimated to life in Belize.
Planned to head to Spanish Lookout early yesterday, but BT didn’t get rolling til @1pm. There’s always more to do around here. We were able to get most of the things on our long list. Had a quick dinner and drank a beer and talked while it rained.
This morning I woke up while all the guys were sleeping, but the power was out – the batteries got too low for some reason. I didn’t want to wake BT so I headed to the cabin to unpack stuff. It is so beautiful and peaceful here at the cabin. There’s a mist hanging low in the mountains across the valley as the sun is starting to burn through the clouds. A myriad of birds are singing. Settling in here and waiting now for power/people/water to finish up. Still working on slowing down.
Last night I slept even better.
We did some work online – got a print order going with a little help from my sister in the states. We rode into Benque with Big T. and walked around while he did some business. We walked all over town then sat in a park by the town hall. A man came out of the town hall to chat with us. Turns out he is a Peace Corps volunteer from Miami here to help Benque with economic development and tourism promotion. We talked with him for awhile, went back to his office, and got on the mailing list and exchanged emails, etc. He hopes to get local people involved to keep initiatives going after he leaves. Big T. (BT) called to pick us up after our urban development meeting. We drove to San Ignacio and he dropped us at Sweet Tings. We looked around a bit, then walked down into town. We got burritos at Minchy’s (good + cheap) and walked down to Courts where we bought a mattress. There was only one so it was almost refreshing – one store & one mattress!
After that we wandered from store to store looking at stuff. It was hot so we found an Italian who made and sold handmade gelato at a little station on the street. It was delicious, and the guy was interesting and talkative.
Right now we are sitting in a bar full of various expats and tourists having a beer and waiting for BT and trying to deal with a bored 10 year old.
Still trying to detox from the internet/constant connection…
Our cabin is finished and we’re planning to spend the summer in Belize – or at least six weeks of it. I’m journaling the experiences, and will type them in here as time and bandwidth permit. We head to Belize June 20th, returning August 2!
So tired when we arrived yesterday. During the night the wind picked up, then thunder crashed so loud echoing through the hills so it sounded like they were sliding down. Woke up to pouring rain that slowed down and finally stopped around noon. M’s busy talking with Big T. Little T’s reading. I’m restless today, trying to settle into the pace and feeling stumbly. I know that soon I’ll feel more peaceful and at ease. Today I feel better than yesterday. It’s coming.