Sunday, February 26, 2006

So much to do

Living in Belmopan is just so civilized. We have cable television, DSL Internet, shops that are open till 8 o’clock in the evening and there are tennis and basketball courts around the corner. As it’s a concrete house, it’s nice and cool. There are no creepy crawlies, very few mosquitoes (the town sprays against them), no snakes and (best of all) bin men to collect your garbage!

Living at the Dome is more like being in the Wild West in comparison. You have to rely on yourself and your neighbors for so many things. Finding your own solutions to waste disposal, catching snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, putting out your own fires (we once waited all night for the fire brigade…they never showed up) & now the police asked us for a ‘contribution’ to buy a car and supply it with gas, to patrol our area more.

So again, we’ve come to the conclusion that we’re better off relying on ourselves and on our direct neighbors, even for something like security. It seems to be the best system when you live ‘out in the sticks’ like us.

So that makes our list of what we’re up to at the moment look like this:

  • Take care of a toddler and a newborn
  • Expand our resort with 2 extra rooms (in what used to be our living space)
  • Build our own house
  • Look after our guests every day (we’re fully booked most of the time)
  • Buy back our old store in San Ignacio (The Green Dragon)
  • Revamp our website. Making it a separate entity from the Belize Jungle Dome, as the travel agency ‘Green Dragon Adventure Travel’
  • Sort out the deal with our future business partners Tom & Marge
  • Set up security systems for the local area with our neighbors

Seeing as my job is pretty much limited to childcare at the moment, you can imagine how busy Andy and Karen are. Hopefully I’ll be able to contribute more soon, but I don’t want to rush myself and/or Aidan. So we are spending lots of quality time together, getting to know each other and getting in ‘a rhythm’.

Today Andy & Lucas have joined our guests on a Kayaking trip & I’m in quiet old Belmopan with a sleeping baby one arm, trying to type with the other hand. All is well….

Building work at the Dome. Hard to believe that in this space there will be a bautiful suite soon.

Our old bathroom is getting revamped too.

Can you believe that this used to be our kitchen? What a mess...