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Expats in Belize - Meet the Experts
Nadege Webb: Mystic River Resort
Sunday, 07 June 2009 00:00

Nadege WebbWho are you and where are you coming from?

My name is Nadege Webb and I was born and raised in France. I've lived in England and Canada and now Belize.

What is your activity right now?

I run a small (for now!) upscale resort in the Cayo District called Mystic River Resort. Check us out at www.mysticriverbelize.com.

Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?

After spending many years in the cold of Canada I decided that I wanted to be somewhere warm and preferably by the ocean. Belize totally fit the criteria, of language, diversity, ease of settlement AND weather I was looking for. It is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer. I settled first in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye for over 3 years, but then moved to Cayo almost 2 years ago. The pristine jungles, the vegetation and the slower pace of life drew me away from the ocean to here and I love it!.

How long have you been in Belize?

I first came to Belize in 1999, but settled permanently five wonderful years ago.

What do you miss the most, if anything?

My shoes!! When I lived in Toronto, I used to own over 100 pairs of shoes (with matching handbags!) but when I moved to San Pedro we had no paved streets so there went the shoes. I gave them all away and that was hard, but I know I found good homes for them all! Whenever I go back though I find myself staring in the shoe stores..... Have you seen the shoe fashion this year!! Awesome!! Anything else, like food items for example, I have learned to do without, but I do pig out on sushi when I got visit my kids in Canada!.

Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?

Everyday in Belize is a surprise! Some good, some not so good, but overall I would say my experience here has been great. Belize has taught me to have patience. I have made wonderful friends here and I would say I lead a pretty wonderful life right now.

Any advices to give to the readers?

My advice would be for anyone wishing to settle here to remember that Belize is NOT the States or Canada or anywhere else you may be coming from. Belize is Belize and things are done at Belize pace. Don't wish for the things you left behind or you will be disappointed. They are the reasons you left in the first place! Things will change, again at Belize pace.

Do you have something else to share with us?

Again, do your homework before coming down and make sure that this is what you want. Warts and all!

 

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Ron Castagnera: Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge
Monday, 04 May 2009 00:00

Macal BankWho are you and where are you coming from?

My name is Ron Castagnera.

What is your activity right now?

I am the owner operator of Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge. A small eco lodge in the junlges in the Cayo District.

Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?

I chose Belize for many reasons. Belize has everything I dreamed of. Pristine jungles, lots of ecological and cultural diversity, as well as low population.

How long have you been in Belize?

This is my sixth year living in Belize.

What do you miss the most, if anything?

I would say one stop shopping is probably what I miss most.

Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?

The cost of living is much higher than I had anticipated. Belize has also suffered a lot of inflation since my arrival as has the rest of the world.

Any advices to give to the readers?

Accept the fact that life moves at a much slower pave here. If you try to hurry you will more than likely make a mistake and have to do the same task again. Do not expect Belize to be like a western nation, if you do, you will more than likely be disappointed. Respect the Belizean people and make friends. This is a small country and what you do will follow you. Acccept Belize as it is. Do not try to change things. Things will change on Belize time.

Do you have something else to share with us?

Come to belize and enjoy nature. The things we took for granted in the west are luxaries here. Remember, Belize is a very young country and still going through some growing pains.

 

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Jim Britt: Barton Creek Outpost
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00

Jim BrittWho are you and where are you coming from?

My name is Jim Britt and I moved here with my family from an small island in Southwest Florida in 2004. My wife is from the island, Pine Island, and I am from Tennessee.

What is your activity right now?

Since we arrived here we have opened and run Barton Creek Outpost. Primarily we cater to campers, renting tents, feeding them, showing them around the area etc... We also have a small tropical flower and palm nursery that we inherited from the previous landowner. Check us out, www.BartonCreekOutpost.com

Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?

My wife and I have both spent most of our adult lives in the US Navy as navy deep sea divers and haved both moved around a lot. The chance to come to Belize came out of nowhere and wasn't something we were looking for but when the opportunity came we figured we weren't getting any younger, let's do something different. We were really just looking for a new, maybe even our last great adventure.

How long have you been in Belize?

Since Oct 04.

What do you miss the most, if anything?

Well my family for sure but aside from that the variety of food choices. Oh yeah, and beer.

Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?

Well we live off the grid and prior to coming down I thought I could easily hire someone to help get us hooked up. Suprise, suprise. The lack of quality tradespeople is a problem.

Any advices to give to the readers?

People often move to Belize because of the laid back lifestyle. Unfortunately that trasends into the workforce. Be patient. If you find good people hang on to them, employees, electrician, mechanic whatever.

Do you have something else to share with us?

Tomorrow may never come. Remember that.

 

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