JETsetting For Tokyo

Okay, well I came on a plane instead of a jet, but the idea is the same. I’m officially starting my job for the next year (and maybe more) as an English teacher with the JET programme. I had my orientation in NY on Friday at the Japanese ambassador’s residence, which was its own adventure…

Facing Nature (& Frogs) Head On

Oh San Pedro, how familiar you’ve come to be. Your three main streets, crowded with golf carts and men, calling out for taxis or to get some. Your fruit stands, overflowing with mangos, watermelons and so much more. The overpowering stench of sargassum, sweeping over the shoes. Yes, the time has come for a change…

Can You Feel The Lightning Strike

 . . . the storm the morning brings. No, but we did. But more on that later. Mexico Rocks? In Belize? You read right amigos. Today we’ve moved on from mere snorkeling to diving, preparing for next week’s activities of actual research. Dun dun dun. Unfortunately all pictures and actual daily description won’t be updated until…

The Water Is Wet & Sharks Are Swimming

Snorkeling, sharks, sting rays . . . what more can a girl ask for? This morning was a bit of an earlier start than days prior because the professors are here for research-y things, but I can’t actually complain. We all rose around 7:15/7:30 to make breakfast and get ready before we left the house…

Popcorn in the Park

A free morning, alas. What a beauteous thing. We literally had nothing pressing today until movie night at 7 pm, so I didn’t even set an alarm for once. After a late night I naturally woke at 8:30, which felt ridiculously late given the typical rise-by-7 lifestyle I’ve been living. When I came downstairs half…

Crazy For Ceviche

We still don’t have gas, which means we still don’t have a usable stovetop – sad. I wasn’t sick of peanut butter before and I still think I’ll be fine, but when it’s on mushy bread instead of firm toast, it changes the relationship. It was good enough though though, and later in the day…

Back Down Boys

Good Morning San Pedro! That’s the name of the broadcast we were guests on today, starting at 7:10 not-so-sharp. We went over to the radio station to advertise our 2 summer camps and introduce ourselves to the community in a segment that can be seen here (we’re about 13 minutes in). I guess I can officially…

Running ‘Til The Sun Goes Down

I woke up, threw my sleep pants off . . . cause it was so blazing hot this morning, like most mornings here. Everyone was up by 6:30/7 – I gotta say, I really like this morning person thing I’ve got going. As I continued on my new book, The Girl At Midnight, I was admiring…

A Day of Sweaty Sluggery

Riding a boat just past the reef as the day breaks, dropping into cool water, snorkeling alongside beautiful tropical fish . . . that was not my morning. It was supposed to be, starting at 9 am, but instead the sky was feeling stormy so there was no boating. Instead, the morning was spent inside…

Thoughts On Belize, Pt. 1

Aside from an early morning school visit, today was relatively uneventful. We gave our pitch and acted out our skit, returned to the main streets to hang flyers around town (all businesses were okay with it except the banks – sweet) and were done with the day. We did have a minor panic run to…

Drop That Cash (& That Chicken)

Early nights mean early mornings, so all of our burnt booties were up by 7 am if not earlier. Only plot twist, this burnt booty is red no more thanks to that sweet cold aloe we’ve got stocked up in the fridge. All of my burn has actually turned into a tan or normal skin,…

Butts Burnt and Bumpin’

Toast is a staple of many things, including the start of our days in Belize. We had an early start today that called for sustenance, aka a stovetop full of warm bread we dressed up in peanut butter, nutella and/or bananas. After everyone was full we walked down the street to rent out a golf…