A quarter of a year has now passed since moving to Ambergris Caye, Belize. Reflecting upon the waterfall of information filed into the memory banks, it often feels like years since I left the States. The wave of energy ranges from enthusiasm to bewilderment. I have witnessed global similarities, inadequacies and exceptionalism in this little corner of the world.
For decades, many of us have conscientiously practiced a thoughtful habit of recycling. One of the hardest things to get used to was having to throw aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper products into the trash. Although glass bottles can be returned for recycling, there seems to be a huge gap in the promotion and implementation of eco-sustainability. In all fairness, I have read that someone was packaging their product in used plastic Nescafe Jars and that the Belikin depot has begun to take plastic soda and water bottles. My hat goes off to these stewards.
Abandoned animals (especially dogs) can be seen throughout the little country of Belize and it is a heartbreaking vision for animal lovers. Organizations and volunteers have eased a big chunk of this problem within the past several years. The island of Ambergris Caye is home to a non-profit veterinary clinic called the Saga Humane Society. Saga offers spay/neuter services, vaccinations, injury and illness care to pets on the island. The clinic operates in large part due to the generosity of volunteers, residents, and visitors. They do awesome work for our four legged friends and are highly respected by residents on the Island as well as on the mainland.
The demeanor of people in this world is generally the same no matter where you make your home. There are good and evil; kind and cruel; friendly and aloof souls. Taking care to align yourself with those who have the same beliefs and philosophy is paramount. I've been fortunate in my life journey to meet many fantastic individuals and being in Belize has been no disappointment in finding fun-loving, kind hearted and friendly people.
I've walked the Great Wall of China, the plains of Kansas, the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana and beaches in Mexico and Central America. The geography and backdrop is diverse. The terrain, plants, animals and insects are different. The wonders of this planet constantly amaze me.
What you will likely not see in Belize: Children in car seats, seatbelts, laborers using face-masks or protective eye gear, helmets while riding bicycles or motorcycles.
What you will definitely see in Belize: Babies in the baskets of the bicycles, children riding on the bicycle handle bars, 5 or more people crammed into a golf cart, scantily dressed tourists.
.... just sayin'
I have no doubt that my voyage in Belize will continue to be rewarding episodes of vivacity. It will be interesting to see what the next several months will bring and I will happily share those experiences with you! Although I am firmly planted here for awhile, I would like suggestions from you as to what the next leg of this life journey should be.