|Belize five years in paradise|
|Thursday, 20 November 2008 09:30|
By Ron Castagnera
Living in Belize has been an experience I would never trade. The learning curve is a little steep, but isn't that what life is about.
We decided to relocate to Belize mainly for the weather and being environmentalists at heart, we fell in love with the pristine environment. So after a long search through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribean we chose Belize bacause of her cultural and biological diverstity.
We stumbled into a most beautiful 50 acres and at the time were not quite ready to retire. We then decided to build a small eco lodge which turned out to be quite a challenge. We persevered and made this into a jungle oasis on the Macal River in the Cayo District. Being open for one year this month it looks like as if the venture is going to prove successful. We have had guests every month with the exception of January and October.
Life has been peaceful out here in the bush and the guests have proven to be an interesting lot. Mostly travel saavy educated folks like to venture into the jungle. So the conversations and company have been quite rewarding. Helping the local neighboring family has also had its rewards. The relationship we have built with them has proven to be an interdependent relationship in which we all have gained. To see people prosper and know you have been a part of it has been quite fulfilling.
Saturday market is the social event of the week. Always spotting familiar friendly faces amongst the fresh fruit and vegetables is always a pleasure. Catching up all of the latest news is also nice. Saturday is always a day to look forward to.
Life in Belize is truly a laid back life style where we lose track of time, the day of the week, and date.