The annual St George's Caye and Belize Independence Day celebrations are now a thing of the past. The Battle of the Bands was a big annual hit and even though Corozal came in third, it seems everyone had a good time. The fireworks were darn good for a small town with few resources and the crowd of thousands yes, probably 2500 - 3000 in the park, enjoyed the celebration. Once again I helped a friend at the beer stand. All the fights were near enough to the beer stand to be of concern but none of my charges were threatened so all was good. But today, Monday, is goma day - hangover day - for a large portion of the celebrants who have been partying steadily, seemingly non-stop since last Thursday night.
Independence Day is a time in Belize when families get together so folks living in the villages and the big city come back to their roots for the party. Ergo, we had a large number of out-of-towners over the weekend. Whether they or locals were involved in the few crimes and many small fights that happened, I don't know but another Chinese store was robbed at gunpoint and a taxi driver we knew was brutally murdered by someone in a rage. Sadly he left behind a young son and pregnant wife. Rumors abound when the real reasons aren't known and there's talk the police will chalk this up to drugs to avoid an investigation involving a prominent family. Truly sad on so many levels.
I think we're in the dog days of summer as the temperature has been unrelentingly hot and the breeze far too calm to make much of an impact. So hot in fact that Wifey is using the bedroom A/C for her naps whilst the floor fans run 'round the clock. But the skies are blue with puffy clouds and the view just as beautiful as the first day we arrived.
Wifey's been busy with the garden and it's looking great. The dogs have their well-defined shady spots where nothing will grow, but that's a small price for the protection and affection they provide. Also flying above the plants is the Belize flag in honor of the celebrations. Flying the US Flag, much as I would like, draws the kind of attention we just don't need: American Flag = Gringo = Money = Opportunity for "tieves"
A quiet life-style doesn't lend itself to much in the way of regular reportage but I see the chance of some adventures in the future that should make for interesting stories and a few more pictures.