12/12/2013 14:58:00 PM
So I left Belize on September 30th, went to Mexico (twice) North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and then came back to Belize on October 18th... home to San Pedro on the 19th.My plan, when I got back, was to just work as much as possible for about a month at
12/06/2013 01:22:00 AM
For my very last night back in PA, I got hooked up with a room at the Holiday Inn in South Philly that had this sweet view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.(Thanks Ron)I feel like I've finally arrived "home" every time I see the sports arenas and this brin
12/02/2013 10:03:00 AM
I got really sick while at work on Friday morning- like, reeeeally sick. I don't want to share the graffic details- but if you know the symptoms if a stomach flu then you can imagine what I was going through.
11/30/2013 13:52:00 PM
I'm so happy that my sister, Lisa, made me commit to spending a weekend up at my dads mountain house in
11/25/2013 14:37:00 PM
I finally made it back "home" to Bucks County, PA
11/19/2013 18:48:00 PM
Moving right along (hehe) - I flew out if Cancun after my three nights in Playa del Carmen and went to Durham, North Carolina to see my two BEST friends, ever- Heather and Kathy.(Heather lives in Durham, and Kathy drove down from PA to come hang out
11/06/2013 16:02:00 PM
Ok, I got "yelled at" twice yesterday- once in person and once on my blog's Facebook page- for slacking off on the blog updates.... so now I'm going to try my best to remember everything that I've done for the past month or so.Heads up, though, it's
09/29/2013 09:56:00 AM
Yesterday was my last day off before I leave the island tomorrow- so I made sure to hit up a few of my favorite bars with some good people..... after
09/23/2013 10:40:00 AM
I had a reader of mine reach out to me because she could tell, from the tone of my posts in the past 9 or 10 months, that I'd been feeling kind of bummed out.
09/20/2013 12:46:00 PM
Of course this would happen to me...I'm sitting at Lily's, by myself, waiting for breakfast, when an old man sits down at the table next to me.I say, "Good morning," and he asks where I'm from, how long I've been in Belize- all the basics.He invites
09/19/2013 14:18:00 PM
If you've been following my blog for a while, then you know how much I love
09/09/2013 15:49:00 PM
Small coffee and a Johnny cake for breakfast- $4.75
09/08/2013 22:24:00 PM
As you ALL know by now, there was a huge, destructive fire at Ramones resort almost two weeks ago:
09/08/2013 17:11:00 PM
I was surprised at how quite it was in the park this afternoon....
08/27/2013 18:20:00 PM
I was sitting on the sidewalk at the beginning of Front Street, across from the Chocolate Botique, just enjoying the shade and eating my Chorizo Scramble from Mesa Cafe...
08/19/2013 00:28:00 AM
I feel so incredibly lucky to have been invited to go on a helicopter tour over to Victoria's Peak (the second highest elevation in Belize) and the 1,000 Foot Falls (which is actually 1,600ft and the tallest in Central America) on the mainland today.
08/17/2013 03:21:00 AM
If I could have found the link for this online, I would have just shared it on my Facebook page- but I searched the AmandalaBelize website and I'm not seeing it anywhere.
08/13/2013 08:18:00 AM
I was doing pretty good with the whole sleeping thing again for a few days....
08/04/2013 15:52:00 PM
So, pretty much all I can tell you about the Costa Maya Festival weekend in San Pedro is that its absolute madness...and I'm happy that its almost over.
07/24/2013 15:46:00 PM
I dropped a beer bottle on my foot at work last night and it smashed and sliced me open pretty good.When I woke up this afternoon, my toes were all sticky and blood covered, so I went downstairs to see my landlord and get his opinion on what to do...
07/22/2013 06:54:00 AM
Just thought I'd share this morning's sunrise...Enjoy your day :)
07/20/2013 09:26:00 AM
I don't get up early, ever, which is why, up until this morning, I had never before seen a sunrise in San Pedro.Since I have a harder time than usual falling asleep these days, though, I was still awake at 5am and decided to go for a little stroll in
07/18/2013 00:48:00 AM
I still haven't worked up the courage to learn how to dive yet - but I was able to tag along on a dive trip on Monday morning and just hang out on the boat while
07/12/2013 22:07:00 PM
I had a little puppy.... 3 months old.... Cutest little thing.6 nights ago she was beaten so badly by a local guy that I had been seeing that I had to have her put down.The penalties for animal abuse are a joke in this country- even though he pleaded
07/03/2013 12:36:00 PM
The worst thing about the rainy season is obviously the mosquitoes - or, as I call them, the "evil mothersucking mosquitoes."The second worse thing about rainy season is showing up to work with the back of your legs covered in mud from the flip of yo
07/02/2013 23:21:00 PM
I just realized that I only posted ONE time in all of June. It made me kind of sad- I loved writing this blog when I was living on the mainland.
06/16/2013 08:29:00 AM
I've probably posted about Caye Caulker, like, 80 times already, so I won't bother repeating myself; instead, I'll just share some pictures I took while I was enjoying my day off there yesterday.(Zimzalabelize on Instagram)A new sign on the Lazy Liza
05/31/2013 15:13:00 PM
I hope this link works- it should take you to my youtube channel for a 47 second video of my favorite San Pedro mobile food vendor.http://youtu.be/qeqYP3LeECEHere's a cute picture of my puppy, tooI'm zimzalabelize on Instagram, FYI.
05/27/2013 18:21:00 PM
I had to go see an old lady about the stomach pains I've been having for a few days.... Why an old lady and not a doctor? Because old ladies are smarter than doctors.Now, I've never had a baby, but what I was feeling is pretty much what I imagine con
05/21/2013 16:52:00 PM
I totally planned on jumping in at the swimming hole in Belmopan on Sunday.... but I totally wussed out once I got up there.I overthunk it!!! Too many "what if my foot slips off the rock, I don't jump far enough, and I break my head open??" thoughts
05/19/2013 13:47:00 PM
I hope this works- I still don't know if posts from my iPod ever make it to all of you out there in cyber world, and ever since I busted up two of my fingers OVER A MONTH AGO, my laptop has just been sitting around, collecting dust.Wait... I didn't t
04/24/2013 20:27:00 PM
I'm just seeing if I can actually post a blog- with pics- from my new iPod...
04/17/2013 17:00:00 PM
From Belize City to Cayo.... and some stuff in between.I haven't spent any "real" time in Belize City, I've always just been passing through on my way to somewhere else, but here's what you see when you show up there on the water taxi:the Baron Bliss
04/17/2013 15:32:00 PM
It's really, really hard to pick a "favorite" bar in San Pedro...Average Joe's has a staff that I love, and awesome bar food (wings, dogs, mac n cheese...)Luna Loca also has great bartenders, along with the sea view and comfy pillows to sink into.Jol
04/06/2013 23:42:00 PM
Ok, I still can't do fancy things like circle something specific on a map - but if you look under the most eastern part of Mexico, you'll see Ambergris Caye/San Pedro (where I live)Ok, look over at the mainland of Belize and follow it south down the
03/20/2013 14:46:00 PM
Clearly, you've already read I get around Part 1, where I focus on my time in the Mountain Pine Ridge area, and I get around Part 2, where I focus on the ruins of Altun Ha and Lamanai, as well as the Coastal Highway and some stops along the Hummingbi
03/17/2013 00:13:00 AM
Working on these posts totally, totally makes me miss living on the mainland, but here's the follow up to I get around - Part 1...Ok.... starting with more ruins -I've been to Altun Ha twice (the last time was when my parents were here -
03/13/2013 16:42:00 PM
It's funny to me how many people have lived here (in San Pedro) for a while, but have never really explored the rest of the country.And it's super annoying when it's implied that, since I haven't lived here as long as them, I must not know as much ab
03/03/2013 23:34:00 PM
I've only been on two poker runs in the (almost) two years that I've been living down here...I don't know a damn thing about poker, but that doesn't matter on a poker run, because all you have to do is hop from bar to bar (5 bars altogether) and coll
02/22/2013 15:39:00 PM
This is where I go to chill out and enjoy being outside for a few minutes whenever I pop out of "the office" for a break....It's a good spot to hang out with some locals, do some people watching, and start planning your best friends birthday adventur
02/20/2013 12:29:00 PM
Every day (ok...4 or 5 days a week ) I sit at the desk in the spa and look out the window and think, "Damn... what a nice day.... I wish I was outside..."(I also think, "When are people going to start sending me money just for being awesome so I don'
02/15/2013 14:45:00 PM
Do you remember how I was telling you that I've never won anything?
02/15/2013 14:08:00 PM
If you've read my post about How I spent my week and my Saturday night - you know that I only use "kitchen" products for my skin, hair, and teeth - and that I love to use coconut oil for everything.Well... I found another use for it.......Has anyone
02/13/2013 14:36:00 PM
I didn't get much sleep last night... and, no lie, it's now taking every ounce of energy that I have in me to stay awake. I haven't even turned on the "spa music" at work today because it'll probably lure me onto the couch for a nap... and when I nap
02/12/2013 13:29:00 PM
Last night was another one of those No plans, No problems kind of nights....Actually, that isn't completely true - I was supposed to work at Pedro's last night, but the other bartender got our schedules mixed up, so, long story short, she ended up wo
02/11/2013 11:23:00 AM
You can always find something to do here in San Pedro, even if you aren't looking for anything to do...All I knew about this past Friday was that I was going to go to work at 10am.
02/03/2013 00:44:00 AM
This week started out pretty friggin sweet...There were a few post cards waiting for me when I stopped at the post office on Monday (so there will be another post card blog soon, for those of you who are into it) and - even more exciting - my flip-fl
01/31/2013 13:46:00 PM
This is a continuation of one of my most popular posts - Signs in BelizeCaye CaulkerAttack Conch!!A reminder that it's better to arrive late than "DEAD on time..."Woops.... a few too many letters in "Xunantunich"No car baths in the river, pleaseTapir
01/31/2013 13:28:00 PM
I never win anything.Really - never.I can't think of one thing I've ever won in my life - except for some ribbons when I used to enter horse shows and riding competitions, and maybe some sort of swimming awards at camp.... So... I guess I'm a liar. I
01/25/2013 08:52:00 AM
Sometimes I take a shit ton of pictures and do nothing with them... they just sit around in a folder in my computer, being bored and getting forgotten about.It's sad, really - so I'm going to give some of them a life here on my blog today.Enjoy.Stuff
01/16/2013 14:10:00 PM
When riding a bike with no front brakes and back brakes that aren't tight enough, don't go flying down the bridge and onto a road filled with potholes - you'll scare the crap out of tourists that think you're going to crash into them as they go for a
01/16/2013 12:56:00 PM
As I mentioned in my last post, my parents and I went to the mainland one day to check out the Belize Zoo and the ruins at Altun Ha.We woke up early (err... I woke up early, Bob and Ruthie got up at their normal time) and caught a 6:30am water taxi o
01/13/2013 13:35:00 PM
I know Ive been a total slacker about blogging lately - but I just spent a week hanging out with my parents, so you can forgive me, right?
01/03/2013 09:19:00 AM
The following is a reply from new friends of mine to their family back home in the States.They, too, have relocated to Belize, and gave me permission to share this email on my blog so that you can read a little bit about their experience so far, and
01/03/2013 02:33:00 AM
Forgive me for not doing a public reflection on 2012 - but some things just aren't meant to be shared with the world.... and New Year's Resolutions? Never been into them.I will, however, share with you a fun encounter I had with a super drunk tourist
12/28/2012 14:53:00 PM
It's been at least 2 months since I've gone to pick up any mail... but here's what I found when I finally got my stash.A "Hug from Home," a postcard sent by my dad from the town where his mountain house is..."Under the Red Light" is a great landmark.
12/27/2012 15:26:00 PM
After writing my last post and going off on a small rant about companies using planned obsolescence to control the flip-flop industry and keep raking in money, I did a search for "Sturdy Flip-Flops" and found
12/27/2012 13:37:00 PM
I was allowed to borrow a golf cart from Pedro's to get myself home safely after work on Tuesday night, so I found myself out and about "early" yesterday morning after returning it and picking up my bicycle. (Early, to me, is still anything before 10
12/25/2012 08:59:00 AM
I knew I should have registered my new address with the North Pole - the fat man didn't leave one single present for me under the tree!presentless!!I didn't have a lot of things on my list....A new pair of flip-flops because one of mine had a blow-ou
12/21/2012 18:53:00 PM
After walking just over a mile to get to the immigration office at 9:30 this morning to pick up my passport and being told to come back between 2 and 3 because they were busy swearing people in for their Nationality, and after walking just over a mil
12/21/2012 09:29:00 AM
Well.... It looks like we're all still here!http://perelman-student-life.blogspot.com/I wonder how many people really thought the world was going to end today... and how many people signed up for After the Rapture Pet Care servicesthis has been ALL o
12/19/2012 23:26:00 PM
My absolute favorite night of the retreat was our final night together on Ambergris Caye before the rest of the group moved on to the Mountain Pine Ridge area for the rain forest portion of their stay here in Belize.We were taken to a private sandbar
12/19/2012 22:11:00 PM
I had never been to a yoga retreat before, so I don't know if my expectations were way off or what... I guess I just expected more yoga at a yoga retreat - maybe even a little tai chi, meditation, or discussion about the theory and philosophy about y
12/16/2012 16:22:00 PM
If you like my Facebook page, then you know from my status update yesterday that I was getting myself all stressed out while packing for the yoga retreat...Everything is cool now, though - I found somewhat decent clothes to wear, it looks like I have
12/13/2012 15:24:00 PM
I was never a big, huge fan of living in San Pedro because of all the noise, traffic, and high energy of the town - but I have to say - where I'm staying now (south of San Pedro town) is very comfortable and quiet.Lara's house, too - is super cute an
12/06/2012 18:25:00 PM
Today I did two things that I'm afraid of, and I'm feeling quite awesome about it...I rode a bike and went swimming in the sea by myself.Yeah - I know that might sound a little weird and boring, coming from someone who's already lived here in San Ped
12/05/2012 13:29:00 PM
Nothin here except some pictures.... my brain hasn't woken up all day today, so I'm short on words.Just...prettyPalm trees are impressive...Look at this guy - got knocked down, but kept on growingFried bacon at the Palapa Bar - friggin awesome.Doggy
12/03/2012 15:22:00 PM
Thanksgiving was almost two weeks ago, and, other than calling to say hello to my family when I knew they'd all be at my parents house for an amazingly delicious dinner, I pretty much let it go by unnoticed. I don't even think I said, "Happy Turkey D
12/02/2012 11:32:00 AM
Letterstomyfriendsbackhome.com will be posting from San Pedro for the next couple of weeks... so if there's anywhere you want me to check out or take pictures of for you while I'm here, just let me know. I have lots of time to kill.Also - donations f
11/28/2012 09:52:00 AM
11/26/2012 12:24:00 PM
Heeeyyyy.... long time no see!The past week and a half has been ridiculously busy and exhausting - what, with traveling to SEVEN different areas of Belize in only NINE days and catching up on six months worth of drama and life changing events in each
11/20/2012 10:25:00 AM
Ok, so, I haven't been able to get my laptop online the whole time Kathy's been here - but I finally got some "tech support," and now we're good to go.Here are a few pictures that I took while waiting for her plane to get here to hold you all over un
11/13/2012 13:43:00 PM
My blog got it's first donation today... I just wanted to say THANK YOU, publicly, to Mark in Maryland for being so supportive and sending some cash my way to spend while Kathy is down here.(Yes, that's what it's for - he told me!)
11/11/2012 10:33:00 AM
Only 5 more days until Kathy gets here!!The itinerary that I was playing with is no longer useful to us because Kathy decided that we're getting tattooed while she's here - so now we're going to do the islands and coastal towns first so that we don't
11/04/2012 17:14:00 PM
Ahhh... the buzzing of a tattoo machine. That sound can instantly make me think of ten designs I'd like permanently inked on my body.It's been at least two years since I've had any work added, and I'm itching for a new one!Today isn't my day, however
11/02/2012 15:49:00 PM
I've barely been online at all this week, and if you're one of the (few) people who check frequently to see if I have anything new posted.... I'm sorry for the delay!I haven't been doing anything fun or exciting, so I'm definitely not holding out on
10/26/2012 12:56:00 PM
The rain has finally moved out (for now, anyway) and the guys have gotten back to work on building the goat barn and fencing in the yard for the dogsthe goats do whatever they want - they roam around all day and sleep under the house at night.
10/23/2012 20:58:00 PM
10/22/2012 16:46:00 PM
I picked up another batch of postcards on Friday, along with two issues of Mother Earth News that my dad hooked me up with up a subscription for :) Thanks dad - love you!!I also want to take a second to thank all of you who have sent cards and read my blog - I'm almost at 25,000 views!
10/20/2012 14:02:00 PM
I just got off the phone with the most helpful TD Bank customer service agent ever! He refunded my overdraft fee without me even asking, and he's setting me up a new account so I can try to keep better track of all of the stupid automatic deductions that come out of the one I have now.
10/17/2012 21:25:00 PM
I've only been to Hopkins once before... maybe about 3 years ago. All I really remember from that trip is getting our rental truck stuck in the sand and spending hours and hours digging it out, and meeting a woman named Barabara who lived in her old school bus on the beach and sold homemade lotions and clothes.
10/16/2012 15:17:00 PM
I answered some FAQ's I get asked about moving to Belize back in April, and my response to things that I miss was pretty simple - I miss my friends and family, Philly cheese steaks, and beer options.I've thought of a few more to add to my list...1.Concerts - There is always live music somewhere in Belize, so that isn't the issue.... but there's none of "my" music in Belize. On the islands and in the touristy mainland areas you can catch some of the expat musicians doing covers of Led Zeppelin, T [..]
10/13/2012 15:14:00 PM
Ok... for me to be able to go to this amazing yoga retreat in December, I need one more person to sign up and share a room with me. (I'm an excellent roommate, I promise!!)Yoga renewal-retreat Belize December 15-21We will be staying at La Perla del Caribe for the island portion of the retreat..."This Luxury Ambergris Caye Resort is located on the north end of Ambergris Caye, the most popular vacation destination in Belize. La Perla Del Caribe captures the Caribbean ambiance of Belize in elegan [..]
10/12/2012 13:20:00 PM
Ok, so it isn't raining right this second, but I hear thunder in the distance and the sky is thick with dark clouds rolling by....
From earlier this morning, not quite as foggy right now
No one's working today, because of the weather, so the goat's barn is at a stand still:
a second pasture area
I'm still thinking about trying to get down the driveway so I can get to
10/09/2012 16:20:00 PM
Today is World Post Day - "celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment
of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Bern.
It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan,
It seems fitting to show you the 16 postcards that I picked up from the post office on Friday...
Andrew, a fellow Council Rock graduate,
10/09/2012 14:08:00 PM
The only semi-interesting thing I've done since Saturday is come home in the rain.
Sounds exciting, right?!
I thought that stopping at Windell's cafe in Steadfast would give everything a chance to dry up a little bit before I started climbing up the hill.... but my luck brought more rain instead of sunshine while I waited.
Walking barefoot down the Hummingbird Highway in the rain.
10/04/2012 23:21:00 PM
It's been on the news a lot lately that there's going to be some changes coming to the bus system here in Belize - and I know a lot of people will be happy when they start to take effect.
Prices have already gone up Bus fare Belize City - Belmopan up by $1 and I noticed this new sign in the Belmopan terminal today:
There wasn't anyone around enforcing this new rule... but I did notice a
10/03/2012 10:52:00 AM
I have two main complaints about the people here in Belize - and obviously not everyone behaves this way, but the majority do....
BE NICE TO YOUR ANIMALS!!!
I'm so sick of seeing dogs chained up in yards with no shade, or on a rope that's barely long enough for them to move.
I hate seeing dogs that are ALWAYS tied up, never allowed to run free.
I hate seeing dogs that should be big and
10/02/2012 11:32:00 AM
Do you remember this Disney commercial from a few years ago...
I'm too excited to sleep!
That's totally how I felt on Saturday night
I woke up way too early on Sunday morning and had about four hours to kill before finally meeting up with Captain Bobo to go out to the island... but at least I got to see a good sunrise!
We stopped at Above Grounds Coffee - a cute little shop that
10/01/2012 16:54:00 PM
For those of you who don't know, Placencia is the last village at the end of a skinny peninsula in southern Belize.
If you look at this map right here you can see the area that I live near - Pomona - on the Hummingbird Highway.
It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get down to Placencia.
Once you turn off of the Southern Highway and start making your way down
the peninsula, it feels like
09/29/2012 10:15:00 AM
Me and sleep haven't been getting along very well lately - so I've been up since 2:30 this morning.
It's now almost 9 o'clock and Trip is still in bed.... and I want to get on the road!!!
I've been waiting for a nice, sunny day to go to Placencia all week, and now that it's here - I want to go, NOW!!!
We could have gone yesterday, since it didn't rain at all, but Trip wanted to give the
09/28/2012 15:05:00 PM
I started a channel on youtube today - Belize Adventures
I only have two videos up so far.... but maybe I'll start filming more while I'm out and about.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, of course, I have plans to go to Placencia and Laughing Bird Caye....
I found this map from Friends of Nature Belize
Would my readers like video of anything specific, or are you happy with pictures?
09/27/2012 05:48:00 AM
It's 4:30 in the morning, and I've been up all night.
(Good morning to friends in PA, it's 6:30 there, rise and shine!)
We're supposed to go to Placencia this morning and, from there, we're supposed to find a boat captain to take us to another island that I've not yet been to.... but I think the reason I haven't been able to sleep is that I keep waiting to see if it rains again or not.
09/26/2012 14:26:00 PM
Every now and then I have a small revelation when I see something happening on the farm and I think, "Oh, that's what that means!"
Let sleeping dogs lie
It means - Don't instigate trouble; leave something along if it might cause trouble.
Here on the farm it means, "Don't open the door after dark because the dogs will wake up and start barking like lunatics."
Flew the Coop
It means - To
09/25/2012 16:37:00 PM
Do you ever find yourself singing along to a song that you had no idea you knew the words to?
I've been singing along to this song - the Four Way Test - for months now... and I don't think I ever heard it before I moved here.... very catchy tune.
It's played on LoveFM constantly - we'll have the radio on for 8 hours and hear this song, literally, a dozen times. At least.
The Four Way Test is a
09/23/2012 17:09:00 PM
About three and a half years ago, Trip and I went up to the Pine Ridge Mountain area for the first time and spent a few nights at the Pine Ridge Lodge.
"In the forest, next to the jungle"
Last cold beer on the way to Caracol?? We're in.
The lodge is a great place to stay if you want to spend a few days up there to check out Caracol, the Rio Frio Cave, Rio on Pools, Big Rock Falls, and the
09/22/2012 17:34:00 PM
Belize celebrated their 31st year of independence yesterday, and there were parade and parties all over the country - from Corozal to Toledo and everywhere in between.
I, of course, didn't go to any of them....
All of our workers have the weekend off, obviously, so Trip and I stayed home and listened to some of the events on the radio. (What decade are we in again?)
I searched for a good
09/20/2012 16:52:00 PM
I got a BUNCH of postcards today!!! And, of course, my battery is running low so I have to hurry up and get this published before it craps out on me, so I won't be commenting on all of them....
From my friends Melissa and Jason, and their fur babies - Apollo, Winston, Rocco, Iroc, Sierra, Gemini, Prowler, Denali, and Tonka - back in my home state!
(I love the Aloha stamp, Meliss)
09/17/2012 01:50:00 AM
Sounds good to me.
I'm going to add the link to my Flickr account so you can go through ALL of the pictures from my day at the zoo if you want to - but here are some of my favorites...
The King Vulture enclosure
Looking for Zorro
two tiny Zorro's!
The pond for the smaller crocs, and LOTS of turtles
the BIG crocs
I was happy to learn that all
09/16/2012 20:36:00 PM
Ya know, I must meet a lot of glass-half-empty people because I've asked everyone who I know that's been to the Belize Zoo what they thought about it and most of the replies were along the lines of, "It's small... but I guess it's ok."
What do you mean it's "ok??" This zoo is friggin awesome!! The Huffington Post knows what I'm talking about, they have it listed as number five on their top ten