Moving to, living in, and dealing with life in a new country... this is a blog for old friends, new friends, and strangers who feel like checking in once in a while to see what I'm up to down here in Belize.
Anyone in the world can answer this question for me - if you're not working, if you don't have kids, if you have no daily responsibilities, what is it that you DO all day??
Seriously - I want to know.
It was back in January that I posted a blog called Blog? What Blog? and tried to explain why I'm not posting nearly as often as I used to (boredom) and, with weeks off from work again, I'm back in that same situation.
I would love to spend this time off working on my blog - I'd love a reason to find an actual web designer to help me make it feel more "real" and actually start giving it more attention - but ... I really don't do anything blog worthy any more. It's kind of a bummer. (Did you notice, though, that I finally added links to Pintrest and Facebook and all that fun stuff?!)
I've been told that people like the simple blog posts that are just about my daily life - and I can see how that would have been true when I still lived in the jungle - but I can't see how anyone would want to read about how I wake up, watch a few hours of Dr. Phil reruns, do a bit of yoga, message Kathy randomly throughout the day, possibly take Luna out for a long walk, go to town if I have errands to run, and wait for dinner time so I can either cook or go out to get something to eat.
Having Kathy and Jo Ellen here was awesome - exhausting because, like being at work, I was basically "entertaining" people 24/7 for a week straight, and for an introvert, omg that takes a lot out of you - but it was awesome because I actually went out and did stuff that I normally wouldn't do on my own. And, obviously, I got to hang out with real, actual friends and not just island acquaintances - so that was awesome in itself.
And, uh, speaking of Kathy and Jo being here, only 74 people have read that post so far and... I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little insulted. When I have something to blog about - you better read it, damnit!!
(I say the same thing when people interrupt me when I'm talking - "Ya know, I don't speak much, so when I DO have something to say, you should really STFU and listen.")
I try to remember what I used to do when I lived in the States and had free time - but I guess I never really had much because I always worked two or three jobs and the most time I'd have off was a day or two unless I took a week off to actually go on a vacation...
I used to paint.... I'd love to do that again sometimes. All my paints, brushes, and canvasses are in a box at my parents house, though.
I used to go out and play disc golf with my friends... the only disc golf course I've seen in Belize was on the Hummingbird Highway not too far outside of Dangriga - that's not exactly a day trip from San Pedro unless you have money to fly there and back...
I used to go to shows and concerts.... those bands don't come here
I love my free time - I value my free time - I really, really do - and I wouldn't even say I'm bored most days - I just have nothing to blog about, and that's the "problem" I'm having, I guess.
Maybe it's time to start thinking about moving back to the mainland... as long as I'm able to get to the marina by 9am on days that my charters start, it doesn't really matter where I live, and there are so many more things to do there... Maybe Hopkins? I need to get back there for a visit...
While I ponder my life and options - here are some pretty pictures from my beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, un-blogworthy past few weeks at home...
Asian Lobster Lettuce Wrap with a spicey peanut sauce
Lobster slaw on a crispy wonton
Good sized day time crowd - I've only done Lobsterfest at night before and it's a totally different scene after 9pm
Glowy things and stuffed animals on sticks
Win a dolla, lose a dolla
What are these? Orchids?
They grow off of those long vines coming out of the tree
This never, EVER gets old - the water here is just.... friggin perfect
the day I got my dreads torn apart, waxed and threaded
Poquito hiding in the trees
Sushi from Blue Water Grill
Luna's day out
she loves to swim and chase coconuts
look at that FACE!
Grande and Poquito napping it up
What the sunrise looks like from my bedroom window
Island Time Brewery's Blonde Ale at Lola's pub - with a shot of Jameson and a pickle back
The first snake I've seen on the island - at AkBol
Nice view at AkBol with a storm coming from outside the reef
The big bird my cats drug in from the mangroves and tried to murder in the house. (I got him out - I like to think he's fine, but it's possible that he went and had a heart attack soon after being saved)
I worked at Luna Loca one night for their Chaos by the Sea Paint Party:
It was the night before the Super Moon
The bar had to be wrapped in plastic
The crowd all wore white - it reminded me of a GWAR concert (except that at a GWAR show the crowd gets sprayed with fake blood, cum, and piss- and they mosh instead of dance)
I didn't get any good pictures of the aftermath - but they were all soaked in paint by the end of the night. I somehow managed to stay fairly paint-free.
Just last week, I made my Telenovela debut on our islands first soap opera - La Isla Bonita (I was just an extra - I played a tourist getting on a boat!)
Filming that day was done at Victoria House:
Cori and Kainie bringing the essentials - water, soda, and rum
It's kind of pretty here - you don't see a lot of grass around.
The infinity pool
View from the restaurant
Spelling errors at luxury resorts that charge $8bz for local beer annoy the crap out of me
The actors rehearsing lines and getting their make up done
Another actress getting into character
I was told that there will be a red carpet even at the Paradise movie theater on July 25th - I expect to be bombarded with autograph requests soon after the showing.
I've been BORED and lazy since I've been off from work for so long.
Actually - I really shouldn't use the word "bored," because I'm totally content with just hanging out by myself and not having any commitments or plans - I've always been one of those people who values their free time - but I guess I've been feeling a little cabin fever-y since I haven't been going out much lately.
Anyway, whatever my problem is, it made me decide to get up and go for a walk yesterday, even though Luna wasn't around to take with me.
With no particular destination in mind, I just made my way to the beach and started heading north.
I walked past all of the familiar spots: Jolly Rogers, the Palapa Bar, AkBol - and then realized that, even though I've been pretty far north - just further than the northernmost resort on the island, Tranquility Bay - this was my first time walking any further than AkBol.
I generally take a golf cart or the Coastal Express water taxi to get anywhere up there - so it was, like, a whole new experience for me, especially once I passed Captain Morgan's (it took about an hour to get to that point, in case you're wondering)
There are more private houses up there than I realized... If anyone wants to buy me this cute, little pink one, be my guest:
This one looks totally deserted - except for the full pool right in front. Weird.
As I was walking, some little girl started talking to me about my dreads and ended up tagging along with me for a while. It was her who told me a little bit about this interesting, old, resort-type place that we started to pass, and I had to go in to take a few pictures...
If you saw a big ass, cement whale inside a run down resort, you'd check it out, too, right?
So, according to this little girl who's name I forget, this place was in the process of being renovated and turned into a resort for sick people to come to, but after a hurricane came through and did some damage, the people stopped working on it.
I googled it and found THIS LINK on AmbergrisCaye.com.. - other people have already done the research - check it out, it's pretty interesting. (And my new little friend was pretty accurate with the minimal amount of information that she gave me)
It's kind of like its own little local village now - people rent out the run down casitas and there are children running around all over the place.
I met a guy with a gorgeous pit bull who told me there are rumors of another company coming to take it over and turn it into a new resort, but he hasn't seen any proof of that happening any time soon.
My little friend and I kept going but, eventually, she bailed on me because she thought I was going too far and was annoyed that I didn't know exactly where I was heading. Whatevs, little girl.
Totally random addition to this post, and totally random on the island, I think - Did you know that this was going on at the old Journeys End resort? Ywamdp.org
I finally stopped when I got to the bar at Ambergris Divers Resort - which is at mile 4.5 and, now I know, an hour and forty-five minute walk from my house at Reef Village.
After a bottle of water and three refreshing beers, I started making my way back home.
I met more people along the way - my new buddy Barney up at Indigo, and this guy - Gerald, who was taking a break from collecting garbage on the beach:
I sat with him for a while and ended up telling the man all kinds of things about my life that he probably had no interest in, but he listened and offered advice, anyway.
Once we parted ways, I decided that I needed to get out of the sun and rest my sore ankles, so I made my first stop ever at Capricorn and called my friend Ellen to come and have a drink with me.
After a few more beers and a couple of shots of SoCo and lime, I went back to Ellen's and hung out with her and her boyfriend Mark for a bit. We decided to go hang out on his boat for a hot minute, and then they took me to a dock closer to home in his dinghy.
According to my pedometer, I walked over 10,000 steps yesterday.... Which is why, if you see me today or tomorrow, I may be limping or asking for piggy back rides.