I started writing about life in Belize shortly after we moved here because this was my first time as a foreigner living abroad and I wanted to share my experiences and what I encountered here daily. We quickly learned how easy we had it in Canada. I took a lot for granted! But I also learned that our “easy life” in Canada came at a great cost and that some things we were missing were still attainable even if I didn’t have Walmart or Costco. It was just going to require some serious planning, adjusting and learning. Oh, and patience….Did I get to patience yet? It was going to require a LOT of patience. Banks are slow, shops have odd hours, anything you buy is probably way over priced and quite possibly expired or damaged, not the best customer service anywhere in the country, and the antiquated government enjoys making you work hard for whatever it is you’re applying for. This is just a small list of what we had to adjust to! But we are the foreigner’s so its up to us to change, not Belizeans.
Bound and determined I learned how to do a lot for myself, whether it was doing my own acrylic nails, my own foil-less highlights, tenderizing non-aged meat, or making Italian rustic breads, baguettes, pizza dough, just to name a few.
This is my on-going journey and no matter where I am in the world I think learning how to do everyday simple or “fancy” things for ourselves is empowering. I’m thankful that its taught me to be patient, tolerant and more respectful. We can still go to Walmart and Costco if we choose to buy bread or cannoli, but now it’s a choice👍🏻
Authur Ordinary Day With Milena