Whenever you move to a new place, it seems like the list of needs is endless. If you move across town or even across country, you are able to take a lot with you, but moving to a foreign country means leaving most of your possessions behind. Although we're shipping a pallet of boxes down, it's not worth the cost to ship all the little things you need when setting up a new household. Spices, condiments, various household potions and cleaning products, paper products; all these have to be bought fresh for our new condo in Belize. Since we are living car-free here and our beach cruiser bicycles are in the shipment that we're waiting on, that means a lot of walking back and forth to town carrying what we can manage. Yes, we could take a taxi or water taxi, but we're living on a budget, so we choose to operate on our own power whenever possible. It's about 2 miles to town, and a lot of that is on the beach, so it's great exercise and quite a nice walk if there's a breeze and your load is not too heavy.
On our first two days, walking into town we battled mosquitos, as the breeze was nearly non-existent. Today, however, the breeze finally picked up, and it was absolutely gorgeous. No mosquitos bothered us at all, but the sun was shining warmly, and we were sweating profusely as we walked from place to place. We had bank business in addition to visiting a multitude of shops. In Belize most stores are small, so you end up going multiple places to do your marketing. It's actually a lot of fun, but we are looking forward to having our bikes with baskets, which will enable us to travel faster and carry more.
Today we made it all the way to the south side of San Pedro for some good deals at the less expensive grocery stores there (Marina's and Super Buy South, which we noticed had lower prices on some items than the in-town Super Buy), and visited our two favorite places to buy fruits and veggies: Maria's fruit stand, and Zac's Healthy Belize (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Healthy-Belize/145912062138566
). At Maria's, we were helped by Jose and his son (also Jose). The fruit there is fresh and inexpensive, and they threw in a free cup of freshly squeezed OJ. As hot and sweaty as we were, that OJ might as well have been manna from heaven. Yum! Here is what we bought at Maria's for $15 BZE ($7.50 US), after eating two of the four bananas:
At Zac's we picked up a great assortment of fresh organic veggies we'll enjoy for the next few days. We have been eating mostly bean tacos (with tomatoes, onions, chipotle peppers, and cheese) for dinner since arriving here so were very ready to stock up on some green stuff as well as a couple of dragonfruit! Here's what we got for $46 BZD ($23 US):
We also visited the GoNature health food store (https://www.facebook.com/pages/GoNature-Health-Food-Store/173156749407154
) for the first time and had a nice chat with the owner, Taz. We ordered some whey protein powder and also mentioned a few other items we would like to buy there. We were happy to see that she had some great healthy items, and a nice selection of locally produced items. It will not be hard to eat healthy here at all, and the fact that most of the healthiest food is available on the south side of San Pedro while we're living on the north side will assure that we stay fit as well, since we have to get down there on foot or bike to purchase it. Barry estimated that we walked about eight miles today while visiting seven different establishments.
Here are a few other assorted photos from the past two days here: