Hallelujah! The sun has come back! Yesterday it was a bit overcast in the morning, but by 9 a.m. the sun had appeared and it didn’t go away all day. I certainly hope this a trend that continues. All the locals and tourists alike are sick and tired of the rain.
Yesterday was a shopping day. We had lots of little things to go buy. Unfortunately, some of it was things we just purchased not too long ago. For instance, a broom and mop we bought about three months ago were already shot. The broom ends were pointing every which direction, and the mop strings were laying everywhere after you used it.
Keep in mind, brooms and mops only cost about $7-8 bze ($3.50-4.00 usd), but when you have to replace them three or four times a year, deep down you just wish they could make them better quality, charge a little more, and then you could buy them far less often.
However, in Belize, quality is a major issue. Some things just are not made well here, and they tend to break or wear and tear quicker. When you first move here, the joy of saving money on your purchases quickly gets replaced with the realization that you’re probably not saving that much after all. I’m not sure if it’s a faulty manufacturing process, or whether the climate things have to endure is the real culprit (all the heat, humidity, and salt air can damage items quite quickly, especially electronics). It’s probably a combination of both.
And then you have the roads. Most cars and trucks take a real beating on Belizean back streets. All of the highways, and most of the main roads in towns, are paved. But the minute you go off to a neighborhood or the hills, you’ll be on very rocky, muddy, and pothole ridden terrain. This can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s under-carriage, axels, shocks, tires, etc. This is why the used auto parts business is so big in Belize.
So if you’re planning on relocating to Belize, just be aware of this issue. It’s not like this situation doesn’t exist in the States either. I remember the few times I shopped at Wal Mart and scored a deal, whatever I purchased broke almost immediately. You get what you pay for.
We had new guests check in at The Kumquat Cottage yesterday. They had started their vacation in Placencia and told us it had been raining there the whole time as well. They were super excited to see the sun.
I find that most tourists who visit the Cayo District are here to see the many ruins we have, like Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol, and Tikal (nearby in Guatemala). Or they want to see the caves, like Barton Creek or ATM. Or others want to go hiking at Guanacaste National Park or Blue Hole National Park (which also has swimming).
Since we have a three-night minimum stay for the cottage, a lot of folks come here and can’t possibly squeeze everything they want to do into one visit, so I either tell them to stay longer or come back again to visit.
When you’re on vacation, do you like to relax or be active?