Up at around 04.00 hours yesterday morning and managed to spend a bit of time on the veranda before the rain started and I had to move inside.
It didn’t last too long though and I was able to complete yesterday’s edition in the fresh breeze that followed the rain.
With the edition out of the way I started ‘work’ on the clean-up/packing that we have to go through before moving from the condo we have been renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. I must have been making a bit too much noise (or just enough noise, if you know what I mean!) because it wasn’t long before Rose joined me and then it was a case of ‘many hands make light work’!
After showering, shaving and dressing I had time for a late breakfast before Rose took me to the Maya Island Air terminal to catch the 12.00 hour flight to Belize City’s Municipal Airport. Maya is running a promotional offer during the month of October and my single ticket cost me BZ$63 in stead of the usual BZ$89.
We landed shortly after 12.30 hours – after dropping off three passengers at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport – and within ten minutes Jose Gomez of Belize Logistics Services Limited collected me and we went straight to the Customs Department to obtain permission to move the two crates of personal stuff that we had shipped from the UK.
Customs Department building
We started off at the Cashier’s to locate the consignment
and then went from corridor to corridor, to empty office after empty office (well it was lunch time)
until we found a Custom’s official who had authority to sign off the paperwork.
With the paperwork signed we headed across the road to the warehouse where I found out that there was an invoice for the sum of BZ$ 143.50 to be paid (storage and loading charges) to the Port of Belize Limited before the consignment would be released. I tried- aimlessly- to argue that the invoice value was incorrect but ultimately I paid the price. I wanted our stuff!
We were then allowed in to the warehouse where we quite quickly found our crates
We now had to get them moved to the Krystal Shipping barge and after what seemed an age (probably because it was) the crates were loaded on to a lorry (truck for non UK readers).
Small crate on.
Large crate exiting the warehouse on a forklift.
Large crate loaded.
And we’re off!
Straight to Krystal Shipping’s barge where we sat and we sat waiting for a forklift to unload the crates. The time was getting closer and closer to 17.00 hours, four hours after arriving at the Port, and I was starting to get worried that I would miss the last flight of the day (17.30 hours) back to Ambergris Caye. Jose though came to the rescue when he managed to persuade Caribbean Depot and Shipping Services ( a rival barge operator) to use their forklift.
Large crate off the truck.
And on to the barge.
Small crate on its way to the barge.
With the crates safely loaded Jose displayed Formula 1 type skills to get me to the Municipal Airport with five minutes to spare.
The barge will leave Belize City some time today and we should (fingers crossed) get our stuff delivered to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize tomorrow.
At long last this saga appears to be coming to an end and I am mightily relieved because it seems like I have wasted days and wasted nights on what should have been a relatively simple matter.
Rose was waiting for me when the plane landed around 17.50 hours and we decided to head north and see what had been done during the day at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
As we approached the house we saw that quite a few of the lights were on. What were the security guards doing? As we drew closer though we just knew that Moses was installing the internal stairs so we made our way up to the First Floor to find that our assumption was correct.
Stringer for the second flight being presented to the wall.
Moses making a few adjustments before presenting the stringer again.
Hopefully it will fit this time.
Before leaving the guys to finish the stairs we took the opportunity to try out the lighting on the First Floor veranda because we had never been at the house after dark.
Northern side veranda.
Western (lagoon) side veranda.
When leaving we also got to see how the lights in front of the Ground Floor self-contained apartment work.
It’s dark up north!
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1975 by Freddy Fender which reached number eight in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Interestingly Fender originally released the song as a single in 1959.