Category Archives: CULTURE
Today, Belize lost one of its national heroes and music legends–he was known as one of Belize’s Three Kings: the wonderful, talented Paul Nabor. He passed away earlier today at age 84.
My heart is full as I remember the precious moments I had the privilege of spending with him back in 2011. I will forever remain grateful for that afternoon I spent at his home in Punta Gorda. He played paranda ballads just for me and my host Bruno, for hours on end–at least two straight hours–pausing in between to share stories of his love life, of his travels all over the world to perform and his passion for music. He was 81 years old at the time.
“This is my wife,” I remember him saying to me with a smile, pointing to his guitar. I even had the privilege of seeing his very first instrument and taking his portrait photographs. He was so gracious and patient!
If I am able to dig up the images this week, I’ll share over the next few days, along with a blog post on my experience. In the meantime, here’s some (basic) footage I captured from that afternoon.
He told us that he was tired of traveling and even though he was still in demand and often asked to perform overseas, he felt he had done his work and he just wanted to stay put in his homeland, Belize. I was on an inspirational high for many weeks after that afternoon. His spirit touched me deeply.
May he rest in peace, as he so well deserves, and may we all remember his talent, as well as his kind and generous spirit.
It’s been a month since I’ve returned to Belize, and what a whirlwind! Those of you who follow my Facebook Page know that I’m back in the Jewel to begin updating and writing my second edition of MOON BELIZE, due out in November 2015. Yes, already!
In general, the updates I expect are of the restaurant closure, hotel openings and new attractions type.
But there’s one particular big update coming to Belize’s social scene that many folks have been anticipating–including this Jewel lover, since first hearing about it this past summer. And some updates are just too good to keep until publication (which, after all, won’t be until Fall of next year).
It’s a change coming to Belize’s most popular seafront bar and social hub. A place that serves as a weekend and at times weekday, getaway for Belizeans, expats and tourists. From solo travelers to families and tired business owners taking a break, many hop here for some sun, sea and merriment. I’ve written about this dreamy spot countless times, with articles or photographs published in various outlets, from Viator Travel to American Way Magazine.
If you’ve traveled to Caye Caulker before–one of the two most visited islands off the coast of Belize–then you know all about The Split.
And if you’ve read my numerous posts or viewed my photographs of Belize, or those of tourists and bloggers posted all over the