Thursday, January 3, 2013
I just thought this was nice...
The following is a reply from new friends of mine to their family back home in the States.
They, too, have relocated to Belize, and gave me permission to share this email on my blog so that you can read a little bit about their experience so far, and how they feel about making the move to the mainland...
Yes we are both quite tan, we are 17 degrees from the equator! It's in the 90's here everyday and ultra humid! We have a treefrog living under our microwave!
On jan 6 our lease here will be up and we will be moving north to Corozal. Wills parent are there plus we like the area better. We won't be off grid there. I'm sooooooo looking forward to having electricity all of the time again! That being said, our stay here has made me much more aware of conserving water and energy and has also given me a new appreciation for these resources! Here i take cold showers where the water only runs when im rinsing, not continuously, never done this before.
Ive learned to do laundry when its sunny, otherwise we dont have enough power, but at least i dont have to handwash it like most of the locals do. Ive grown to appreciate more of the things in my life that most americans take for granted... im greatful for our experience here... we are on the river and it is beautiful. The parrots all fly over head screaching every morning as they are doing right now. Its foggy in the morning and i never know if its gonna burn off and we will have power or not. Every day we see something new where we look at each other and both say, you don't see that in the states, and we laugh! We have already made numerous friends here, its sooo much easier to meet people here than it is in the states! We Love the freedom here and the lack of regulation! There are only 2 stoplights in the whole country and we have seen them both. Speedbumps keep people from going too fast. People here do things old school, and we like it. Resources are limited so people are creative and far from wasteful, we like that too. Even something as simple as a ziptie or a good thick rubberband is appreciated!! We've grown in spirit here...it's wonderful... I feel more loving and live more in the moment here... i care less about what i look like but at the same time have ample motivation to eat healthy and workout daily. I havent been on a scale or been in front of a full length mirror in months but my clothes still fit so im assuming its all good!
Where we live right now is a 15 acre property with a caretaker, his wife and 3 beautiful kids. He plays marbles with them every saturday morning and hollers a mix of english, spanish, and kreole at them daily. He has 9 dogs that are used to being free and are now tied or in a fence since we are here so they regularly bark or howl pitifully. Weve told him they can run free but he loves them( a rare thing here)and wants them to be safe from Gabriel even though ive told him Gabriel will not try to get out of the fence. He makes $6000 us a year and he supports his whole family on that..... think about that for a moment! He has a garden and chickens and ducks for eggs. And as little as they have they have given us eggs, coconut tortillas, and some yummy cake they made... its things like this that make us appreciate all we have and just be greatful. They cannot afford to buy ice cream so we got some and are going to invite them over for some which is a rare treat for them. We'd buy them some but they don't own a freezer so they couldn't store it. Their kitchen is outdoors. They wash from buckets of cold water. They eat from the farm here and buy little. And they are happy... the kids are always smiling and outside playing, i love that. No xbox, no materialism. The kids are very respectful and mannered and use mr and mrs when they address us. Reminds me of the 70s when i was a kid. Here they all play outside and are happy. I sat outside a store the other day and watched 8 kids piled into a homemade wooden wagon being pulled around by the oldest boy and they were all having fun.... how simple and living in the moment is that? I do not want kids but if i did i would definately want them to to grow up here with these values and appreciation...
Life is different here. I reflect more! I appreciate more, i laugh more, i love more. I have such great emotion running through me right now as i type this that tears are blurring my vision.
And just as before when i took the ample time to type a long rambling email im going to send this to multiple people i love and miss dearly.
I look forward to talking to you next month. I love and miss you tons! Xoxoxoxo