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Hopkins Day 2019

Hopkins Day 2019

| by Jessica

Hopkins Day is an annual event, usually at the end of July. The week leading up to Hopkins Day is a big, annual week of clean up where the grass is cut and any debris or trash is picked up. The village looks its best. Everyone pitches in because they are proud to invite visitors to the village and see how beautiful it is.


Residency Approved

Residency Approved

| by Jessica

We applied for Belize Residency in August 2018 after living here for a full year. We had our interview in August (2 weeks after submitting) and a follow up police interview about a month after that. Then we waited. I had heard complaints that residency applications could take YEARS to get approved. Surprisingly, we got the call in January that we were approved!! It only took 6 months. 


How to buy sneakers in Dangriga

How to buy sneakers in Dangriga

| by Jessica

Somehow, this past fall, Rex’s feet must have grown very quickly and I found myself in immediate need of some new sneakers. Obviously, after living in Belize for over a year, I knew a next day delivery from Zappos was not gonna happen. I would probably have to drive 2 hours to Belmopan or 1.5 hours to Placencia to find a shoe store. But I didn’t want to make that drive, at least not anytime soon. 


TIL: What is a Savings Syndicate

| by Jessica

One of the great things about moving to another country is learning how things are done differently. From when we are young, we learn about how to get through life from our parents, teachers, and community. And that is happening all over the world, except sometimes there are very different means to the same end. 


Birthday in Belize with Chocolate and San Ignacio

Birthday in Belize with Chocolate and San Ignacio

| by Jessica
Before coming to Belize, I was already anticipating Fay’s birthday, which would occur within a couple months of our arrival. Knowing that Fay had not made many friends here yet, and wouldn’t be celebrating with a party filled with other 10 year olds, I wanted to make her birthday feel special in other ways.

Kids start at Sittee River Methodist School

Kids start at Sittee River Methodist School

| by Jessica

We arrived in Belize about 4 weeks before the school year began. Ryan and I both wanted the kids to be here for a nice length of time before school began, so they could get comfortable just being in a new country and at the resort. As the days counted down and we got closer to school starting, there were knots in my stomach.