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San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Cayo District, Belize
I chose to move to Belize, September, 2007. I've been in sales and marketing for years, a real estate investor by habit and a Quaker by upbringing. I have a great interest in the ancient Maya civilization so what better place to be than Belize?! It's now January, 2009. I'm fortunate to be a member of the Rotary Club of San Ignacio. It is an active club with members who hail from 11 different countries. The club focuses on education and health issues in the Cayo District. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the experience of new places, people and spaces. The internet and VoIP makes communication fast and easy so I stay up to speed wiht family and friends, as best I can. I love Belize – it has its ups and downs – but it still one of the most beautiful places in the world. People are kind and caring and we all live very close to Mother Earth. Come see for yourself.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Container Cometh Through the Port Of Belize

My container is in country. I apparently have a lot of paperwork and accounting still left to do before I can get it delivered. It arrived right on time 2/22 and I’ll spend tomorrow calculating what my worldly goods are worth, box by box. Once the value of my goods is established for the purpose of Duty Tax and it is paid to my Customs Agent, my Customs Agent will get the Customs Office in Belize City to send a Customs Guard with a truck driver and my container to Santa Elena where they will meet at Customs Officer. They will then proceed to go through every single box to verify that what I have inventoried is indeed what is in each box. That is if all goes smoothly. From what I understand this could be quite a process and take a few “back and forths.” The big point is that the container can not be opened at the port because it is packed so full there is no way to get it closed again once it is opened. Oh, boy, the next phase begins. And I know there is not nearly enough room in my little house for all my stuff.