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Living in Belize - Produce Shopping in Belize E-mail
Expatriate Blog
Sunday, 27 February 2011 00:00

Produce Shopping in Belize....

How do you currently buy your produce? 

Well, it is a beautiful Sunday morning in the high 70s with a magnificent breeze. It's quiet - just the birds and parrots chirping and the wind chimes singing as I sit on the verandah reading my latest favorite novel. Then comes the car with the wonderful lady bringing her produce so we can purchase our weeks supply of goodies. Fresh from the garden and organic - mmmm good!

I buy bananas, Jamaican limes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peanuts, banana chips (better than potato chips by the way) some squash and lots more. I now have 4 large bags of a variety of organic produce and I spend approximately $40 BZE which is $20 USD. 

It is probably not to hard to surmise how charming it is to have a wonderful person come to you on a Sunday morning and bring you your produce at a fraction of the price you would pay in other countries. And no traffic or grocery stores to migrate, no worries, just absolute kindness and appreciation. I am honored to support the local vendors and I receive service in a way that I would not get to experience otherwise.

Within 15 minutes I am back to my wonderful cup of coffee, my novel, and a wonderful morning breeze. How wonderful and relaxing....

I will be making a big colorful fresh salad in a few hours for lunch! 

 

 Living in Belize_Buying Organic Produce in Belize

 

 


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Living in Belize - Harpy Eagles in Belize E-mail
Expatriate Blog
Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

 

Harpy eagles nest in Belize for the first time in over 60 years (pictures)
Morgan Erickson-Davis, mongabay.com
January 06, 2011

 

Harpy Eagle in Belize

Scientists have confirmed the presence of a harpy eagle nest in the Maya Mountains of Belize. The discovery represents the most northerly breeding pair in the Americas, and signals a comeback for a species which has become locally extinct in much of Central America due to human activity.

With wingspans seven feet long and the capability to take down prey as large as monkeys and sloths, harpy eagles are one of the largest and most powerful birds in the Americas. Once present in lowland neotropical forests ranging from southern Mexico to northern Argentina, harpy eagles became largely extirpated in much of Central America during the last century due to forest fragmentation and hunting. The last confirmed sighting of a harpy eagle in Belize occurred in 1958. However, their presence in Belize was again confirmed by the 2005 sighting of a juvenile by scientists at the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE). 

 

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Experiencing Belize through the McMaster School E-mail
Expatriate Blog
Monday, 20 December 2010 00:00

 

I am writing this Blog from Belize City, where I just arrived with a group of Defiance College students (and two faculty) after having spent about 10 days in and near the jungle at the Hillbank Research Station in a nature preserve in the interior of Belize.  This has been an incredible trip and experience for all of us — and it is just one of the many such experiences that DC students enjoy as part of the pioneering McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, funded through the generosity of the family of Harold and Helen McMaster.

I have been very impressed with the way the students have implemented their various service projects, from teaching in the schools to training the community in CPR, from doing chemical analysis on water sources to mapping nesting sites for a particular species of parrot.  Each of these projects was devised with the active input of the communities affected, and we have now even more ideas from the communities for additional projects for future years.

While implementing all the projects has been the main focus of activity, we have also had an opportunity to participate in a wide range of fascinating experiences.  Mayan history came alive for us as we climbed the ruins of several ancient temples at Lamanai.  We spent yesterday evening on the lagoon spotting crocodiles.  We have hiked through the jungle to do soil compaction studies, spoken with members of the Mennonite community, tested soil at numerous farms, attended a wedding celebration in a town in northern Belize, seen countless different kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat (including crocodiles, howler monkeys, an agouti, a coatimundi, owls, a huge snake, turtles, and countless species of birds), learned to drink water from the water vine tree in the jungle, and much more.  We have had an opportunity to interact with a wide range of people in Belize, getting to know school children, farmers, and, in one case, an entire village.

 

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