Sunday, January 26, 2014

Back to the Boat

Finally, after way too much time off, I'm on my way back to work...
Just in time, too - I'm out of money and things to do (which was clear, I think, from my last post)

My journey to work starts with a 15 minute walk into town to catch the water taxi over to Belize City....

An hour and a half on the water taxi...

And then a 20 minute cab ride to the marina in Old Belize... which I don't have a picture of because I haven't gotten that far yet - I'm still on the water taxi. 
(God bless wifi)

I'm always nervous to go back to work after having so much time off.. I worry that I've forgotten everything that I've learned and I start to get a little panicky...


Here's a random picture of Mama and Poquito holding hands.
I'm gonna miss those lil buggers while I'm gone.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Blog? What blog?

Once again, I've been ignoring my blog - and do you want to know why?
It's because I'm bored.
Don't get me wrong, I still love Belize and the thought to move back "home" never crosses my mind, but I do, most days, find living on an island kind of boring.

It's always good for photography, though....

People ask me all the time, "What is there to do in Belize ?" and, if you're coming as a tourist, there are lots of things to do - you can spend your days fishing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, sailing, drinking, shopping, touring Maya ruins, visiting the zoo, cave tubing, zip lining, hiking, going to waterfalls... Nights can be spent bar hoping, dancing, meeting new people.
It's a great place to visit - one of the top tourist destinations in the world, no doubt... but what do we, the people who actually live here, do all the time?

I can only speak for myself, obviously, but when I'm not out on charter for work, I'm not doing a whole lot here on the island, and I have zero things to blog about.

I'm not spending my days out doing tours because I've already done most of them, and I can't afford to do them all the time, even if I wanted to; I'm not spending my days drinking because I'm not an alcoholic... and I'm not spending my nights out bar hoping or dancing because I already know which bars I like and dislike, and I'm not a go-out-and-dance-the-night-away kind of girl - I never have been, and I'm never going to be.

So... what do I do when I'm not working for days or weeks at a time?
My typical day goes like this:

I wake up early (the cats that live here, but don't belong to me, want to be let out around 6:30am) and then I go back to sleep because... well, I have no reason to stay awake.

I wake up again somewhere between 10am and 12pm and brush my teeth, shake out the towel that I use to wipe off my feet before getting into bed, sweep my floor, clean up whatever needs to be cleaned up, check my email and Facebook, message Kathy for a while because we're tight like that, then decide where I want to go get breakfast or lunch. (It was Estel's three times this week)

I'll walk to wherever I'm going, eat some food and drink some coffee, run whatever errands I have to run (bank, buying cat food for the cats that don't belong to me, checking the post office even though I never, ever get mail...) and stop to chat with whichever local friends I see along the way. Sometimes I'll go out to a dock and smoke a .... a what?? with someone... 

After I'm done wandering in town, I come back to my room and catch up on my Words With Friends and What's the Phrase games, maybe play a little Candy Crush, and read. (In the past month or so I've read Cracked up to be, Orange is the new Black, The Husband's Secret, Life with no breaks, Wild, Gone Girl, and Dirty Rocker Boys - and I"m currently in the process of reading Daddy was a Punk Rocker)

When I get hungry again for dinner, I'll either walk back into town to get something, eat nothing at all, or order delivery (I order from Bella Italia because I don't know who else delivers) 
If I had my own kitchen, I might only leave my room, like, twice a week sometimes. 

At night, I'll keep reading or watch a movie (Captain Phillips is GREAT) or I'll go down to the Barrel Bar for a few drinks and maybe a smoke with some of my neighbors. Very rarely, I'll walk into town to hang out with Brandy at Luna Loca or hit up Wayo's for a few drinks before coming back home and just effing around online or reading or doing whatever until I'm tired enough to go to sleep.

I did a massage last night and I'm doing another one tomorrow morning, but that's pretty much it, fa reals. 
Nothing bloggable - ya see what I'm saying?

Other bloggers here on the island, I've noticed, don't do many fun and exciting things, either- and that doesn't mean that their lives aren't totally fun and exciting, I have no idea- but most of the other blogs that I read are about where to eat and what to eat; posts and pictures about the weather or new signs and businesses in town; an occasional touristy trip they go on; the latest fundraiser or event being held that week, what new projects they're working on (for work) 

I know, because sometimes people are way too predictable, that I'll get some snarky, "meeh, if you're so unhappy here, why don't you just leave??" comments - so let me just point out that the whole reason for this particular post was meant to explain why I'm not blogging nearly as much as I used to - I never said I'm unhappy here - and I know that I'd be bored just about anywhere I lived if I wasn't working enough/at all - which is the situation I'm in at this exact moment. 
(I go back to work in another week or two)
I also want to acknowledge the fact that we've been having pretty shitty weather here lately- chilly and rainy - and that's a big factor in why I've been extra bored lately. If it were nicer out I might go for a long walk and stop at a few bars that I don't go to often, go swimming off of a quiet dock somewhere, or hop over to Caye Caulker for some sunshine and people watching at the Split - something.  

Aaaand, I'm open to hearing other suggestions about how to kill time.

I just feel, as far as the blog is concerned, that I had way more interesting days when I lived on the mainland - I mean, I was actually doing stuff - taking buses to Dangriga, Belmopan, Santa Elena, San Ignacio, Belize City, Placencia, Hopkins (and hanging out with locals in all of those areas)... hitchhiking barefoot down the highway, playing with the dogs and chickens on the farm, going to the river to collect water for our cisterns and rocks for our kitchen floor, watching the progress of the crops we planted, trying to climb that damn hill almost every day...
I loved it there.
I miss it there.
(I'm hoping that Trip will give me the OK to use some of his pictures so I can do a new post about how everything is coming along up at the farm that we started - it looks amazing.)

Aaaaaanyway - while working at my new job, which I love, I've been able to stop at a few islands that I'd never been to before - Goff's Caye, St. George's Caye, the Drowned Cayes - so I'll share some of those pictures with you in the next post, mmmkay?

MAN, I cannot wait to get back to work!!