‘Long Way to Go’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize

After a really enjoyable evening at Lola’s to ‘see in’ the New Year and watching from the beach the really good firework display put on by the San Pedro Town Council I slept in today. Didn’t get up until 7 am!

Felt slightly the worse for wear but felt exercised. Knew that I had given my right arm and throat a good workout. The legs got some work too with frequent visits to the Restroom being required!

In all seriousness it was a really enjoyable way to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. The first time we have ever been away from England for New Year. We have, however, maintained a longstanding tradition of never being away from home – because that is what Ambergris Caye is for us – on New Year’s Eve.

Rose got up some time after me and we had breakfast and then got to talking about the expansion of our build in Ambergris Caye,Belize to include another en-suite bedroom on the Ground Floor. We studied the architect’s plans to try to determine how we would lay out the two rooms in the space available but found it difficult to do this so decided that we would drive to the site for inspiration. Before going though we measured the dimensions of the bed in our rented accommodation.

After allowing 10 inches for the width of the concrete blocks and a generous 2 inches for the cement/plaster/sand mix finish we have a space available for the en-suite of 19 feet 2 inches long ( running east to west) and 7 feet 3 inches wide ( north to south). Tight but doable if the price is right.

With no work on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize today I thought that the regular readers of this Belize blog might find it interesting to know how the build is faring compared to the schedule. Phase 1, which was the first four weeks, required the foundation to the Ground Floor slab to be completed. This was achieved.

We are currently in week 5 of the 6 week duration of Phase 2 and this requires the Ground Floor walls, columns and beams to be completed along with the stairway from the ground to the Ground Floor. Barring unforeseen problems this should be achieved.

There is no connection to the subject matter of today’s edition with the photo below . I have included it just because I find it cute. I took it whilst sitting on the beach earlier today.


In da shades!

Today’s headline is based upon the second solo album by Stevie Nicks’ ( she of Fleetwood Mac fame) ‘The Other Side of the Mirror’ album which was released in May 1989.

Unable to promise that ‘normal service’ will resume in Thursday’s edition because I am off to see the dentist in Belize City and the edition will be produced by the Mystery Blogger. Cannot wait to read it myself.


  1. Trish Peterson says:

    Just curious . . . In your plan do you have a “bodega” (storage) space on that ground floor. If not, you may find this space suitable for that purpose.

    1. Trish, we have a store room on the Ground Floor that measures around 185 square feet. It is at the front of the Ground Floor so it is close to the golf cart ramp.
      Regards John

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