2023 was an incredible year and what a wild ride it was. It pushed me way out of my comfort zone which lead to a life that I never thought possible. And I’ve been grateful to share it with Michael, David, and good friends – some here, some, sadly, are not.
We enjoyed it so much, we went on several more – River Tubing and the Maya King Waterfall and lunch at Maya Heights, Redbank to see the beautiful Macaws, Ya’Axkin Butterfly farm and then lunch at Hopkins, we saw how chocolate was made at Ixcacao Mayan Belizean Chocolate Farm, and we experienced beautiful trails, waterfalls and refreshing pools at Mayflower Bocawina National Park.
David (my son) arrived in February and we celebrated Bob Marley’s birthday and visited the Sidewalk Art’s Festival.
In March, we met Big Kenny from the duo Big and Rich
and … we opened a smoothie business and spent March getting it ready for our grand opening in April. Yikes!
This also required a trip to Belize City and one to Spanish Lookout.
Our grand opening on April 25th was success and we were very grateful to all our friends for supporting us.
May was a scorcher and we went for a well-deserved break to Moho Caye – a lovely day trip with friends.
By June, summer was in full swing and the vibrant colors of the flowers and trees was evident everywhere
and I attended a beautiful wedding on the beach.
July marked the beginning of lobster season and Belize celebrated with Lobsterfest. Rows of food booths offering everything lobster-related, more rows of booths selling there wares from artwork to jewelry to skin care products and everything in between. The Steel Drum band played in the beer tent and always drew a large crowd.
Swasey River Farm opened their Bar and Grill to the public with a day of music, food and drinks. Swasey River Farm is about an hour’s drive from Placencia just past Red Bank and we returned for all of the events they held after that.
We started making paletas/popsicles to sell in our smoothie shop
and relocated a blue crab that had somehow found it’s way into our yard.
September brought with it days of idyllic weather and days of rain storms. It’s also the month with the most celebrations, the most important one being Belize’s Independence Day. And what a party it was. Everybody came out for the event.
The popsicles were so popular, we started experimenting with Poptails – boozy popsicles.
In October, we contemplated how different our lives had become and some of the things that we had to adjust to from shopping to fixing things that break, the way the Belizeans view time and how we became used to it, the interesting driving techniques and so on. You read the full post here.
The heat and humidity were almost unbearable with temperatures soaring to 47 deg. C. (that’s 116 deg. F for my American friends) and we spent a lot of time cooling off in various bodies of water. Mid-October saw us at the beach to witness the annular eclipse
and then some excitement for our small village. Two smugglers stole one of the commercial planes from Placencia airport, miscalculated a turn, clipped some electrical wires and crashed just after take off. We lost power but, for us it came back on at around 9 am. There were a lot of people who were without power all day.
In November the weather cooled down and tourist season began.
We laughed as we came together at various venues and events,
we cried as we said goodbye to good friends and a beloved pet – some moving on to new adventures and some who sadly passed away.
We attended arts and crafts afternoons,
we fostered dogs and cats
and adopted a few
Last month we took yet another leap of faith and decided to move our shop from Maya Beach into Placencia Village. We open in the Village mid-January and are very excited to start this new chapter of our lives.