Sunday, July 29, 2012

Todays forecast: Gloomy enough to ruin plans.

I was planning on walking to Steadfast around 7 o'clock so I could have breakfast at my favorite neighborhood cafe before catching the bus from there at 9:15 and making my way to the Bacab Eco Park near Belize City.

Casita de Amor Cafe, it's been too long.

 I woke up to thunder and rain though, and even when the storm passed, the sky stayed dark and cloudy. I tried to make it down the driveway to catch a later bus, but I knew without having to go too far that I wasn't going to make it the rest of the way without some problems. 
So I'm still home.

I think the excitement of the day will now be making one of these homemade mosquito traps that I saw on the Homesteading/Survivalism's facebook page:

2 liter bottle
1 tsp yeast
1/2 cup sugar
lukewarm water

Cut the top off a 2 liter bottle. Invert the cone and place it inside the straight part of the bottle. Glue the two pieces together. Add 1 tsp yeast and 1/2 cup sugar to some luke warm water, and pour the mixture into the bottle. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that you exhale. The yeast feeds off the sugar and emits the same gas, so the mosquito enters the bottle, thinking it will find food there and is trapped.

Mosquitoes aren't really my problem here - it's those damn, tiny, black flies that are the size of gnats back home, but they suck your blood and leave tiny red dots on your skin. I call them "jungle bugs," and I hope this trap works for THEM!


  1. So happy to have found your blog, just spent a few hours reading your posts. Loved every minute of it. I have a house just north of Corozal, 4 acres on the bay and love it. Bought it in 1998. Right now I spend half the year in Belize, 5 months in Toronto and a month traveling, mostly Europe. The only thing that stops the permanent move to my Belize house is my business in Canada...but I imagine in the next year or two to finally make the permanent move to Belize. Keep up the great blog and thanks so much for sharing your experiences, you describe the life in Belize to sugar coating, just the plain reality, thank you.

  2. Hey man! thanks so much for your comments :)
    I havent spent time in Corozal yet, but Id love to check it out. I want to go to Cerros (is that what its called, the ruins up there?)
    Id LOVE to do more traveling and keep Belize as my home base... still searching for ways to make money online though.
    Are you down here now or in Canada? Or traveling?
    Do you have a blog I can check out?

  3. Hey Carrie, Corozal is a nice place on the Bay. It has changed over the years with so many expats now living in the area. The proximity to Chetumal and the Free Zone has become a nice bonus. The closest ruins are Cerros, they are nice, but a lot of it is now underwater. Just don't go in the rainy season, the mosquitoes will eat you alive.
    Travel is still one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. I did a big chunk once I finished college in 1974, got a backpack and headed off to see the world. I went through every country in Central America and South America, took me 3 1/2 years on this leg. It was during this time I promised myself that one day I'd go back and buy land and build a home. As the old saying goes, the dream doesn't die, just the dreamer. So 22 years later, I fulfilled my dream. After CA and SA, I headed to Europe, after 6 months of Northern Europe, I bused down to Athens, Greece and from there Istanbul, then Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Israel, this took me 3 more years. Met a Turkish girl in Israel, back to Istanbul,got married and back to Canada. Thirty two years later, still married, two sons, 24 and 27 (both love Belize). That's my super condensed "blog". Sorry, don't have a blog, just facebook (dave lambert), lots of pictures and stories.

    Making money in Belize will not be easy unless you already have money to start with. The only way I've made money in Belize was buying property, sub dividing and selling off the resulting lots. But you seem to be "driven" to make things happen that will result in making money. This will take you a long way towards succeeding.

    If you have not already done it, you should get on the Belize Forum that Tony Rath is running. he lives in Dangria. From the sounds of it you need more hits on your blog, this site will insure more unique hits. Good Luck Carrie, if you are ever up in Corozal and need a place to crash, we'd be happy to put you up for a few nights. If we're in Belize, our phone will be on 628-8840. Keep up the great work.

    Right now I'm in Canada and most likely won't be back in Belize until September sometime

  4. *long, slow whistle..."
    That's awesome. Really, really cool - screw a blog, you should write a book!
    I haven't dont too many traveling - nowhere near the amount Id like to. I've only been to maybe 20 US states, Jamaica, and one night in Mexico!

    I am on the Belize forum but I don't get many hits from there so far. I dont post anything on there regularly, either, and I dont know if he ever added me to his blog list.

    Thanks so much for the invite - I'll definitely keep it in mind!

  5. I'm with you on the "jungle bugs". Just published a blog posting on them -- actually, botlass flies -- they positively ate me up in late July down your way. Spawn of the devil!