I’m Back! We didn’t have internet the first week we moved down here to Maya Beach, so it was a little difficult to stay in touch. We’ve only been here a couple of weeks, but already we’ve met some really great people! We are one block south of Jaguar Lanes, a bowling alley, and we met this very nice couple there (Bob and Pam). They too are expats from the states and have been so patient and kind with us; answering all our questions and giving us advise. They’ve been here about 5 years and are now residents. The day I met them I saw Pam wearing a shirt for the Placencia Humane Society and I asked her if she volunteers there. She said she did and started telling us about it. I was thinking of volunteering and she told us they were having a meeting on Thursday, and that if we wanted to go she would take us. We took her up on her offer and she told us all kinds of stories about this area and about her and Bob’s experiences here. We met a few more very nice expats there at the meeting. We even met the pastor of the church we now go to. The chairman of the Placencia Humane Society had mentioned how Jim, the pastor, and Anna, his wife, have been very busy with the church. I thought they were based out of Placencia Village which is about 7 miles south of where we are staying in Maya Beach. So I asked them, knowing we don’t have transportation, if they know of a church near Maya Beach that we could go to. They asked what our background was, and I said I come from a non-denominational church. Pastor Jim said their church is named Calvary Chapel and it is non-denominational. It’s the next village down from us in Seign Bight (pronounced as Sane Bite). He then volunteered Pam and Bob to pick us up because apparently they go to church there too! They mentioned it to Pam when she got back to the table and she kindly agreed to picking us up. We swapped numbers and sure enough, come Sunday they took us to church and gave us a little of the church history.
During this time my husband had stayed home hoping the guys would show up to fix our internet. When we (my brother Daniel and I) got back from the meeting I called the cable company in Independence to ask them about our internet. They informed me that there was a problem with the account but they can’t give me more information because my name isn’t on the account. It’s in our landlord’s name because they’ve paid for it for the next year and half. So I call the caretaker and told him what the cable/internet people said, and he was baffled. He said he went down there and took care of the problem the day before. Okay, so we know the cable guys won’t be stopping by that same day, and the next day we were supposed to go to Independence to renew our passports for another month. We decide to go a day early in case the cable guys come the next day. So we call a taxi, which we got the number from another expat at the Placencia Humane Society meeting. He took us to the Hokey Pokey Water Taxi station, and we were charged $40 Belize to take us there. Then we were charged another $12, round trip, for the water taxi to Independence. Then we had to take another taxi to immigration, which was about $24 round trip. The guy actually waited for us at the immigration office. Luckily, one of the ladies that we met at the Placencia Humane Society meeting, the one who gave me the number for the taxi, had to go get her passport stamped also. We shared the taxi to and from immigration, and she dropped us off back home when we got to Placencia. So we saved a little bit of money by not having to take the taxi back to Maya Beach. This is what we can look forward to every month.