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Postcard of The Week: Posadas in Benque Viejo del Carmen


A snapshot from this past Saturday: the first night of the annual Posadas in the Catholic and historic town of Benque Viejo del Carmen, just 15 minutes’ drive from San Ignacio – the only area in Belize to uphold and celebrate this Hispanic tradition.

Posadas are a nine-day re-enactment — from December 15 leading up to Christmas Eve — of Joseph and Mary’s biblical journey in search of an inn from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

Stay tuned for my piece on Benque in the next edition of Moon Belize!

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Postcard of The Week: Jungle Time

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Traveling across Belize is always an adventure. You never know what you’re going to see or whom you’ll meet.

This is Tikatoo, she lives at Banana Bank Lodge in the Cayo District. She has her own grounds (fenced off from the guest areas) where she can roam about freely, yet still within sight of passersby; she loves to people watch. The property has permission to take care of her, as they’ve done so well for the past three years.

What also struck me today, as it has so many times in the past, is how quickly I went from Caye Caulker — my home away from home, where I recharge my batteries with my Belizean family and finished writing and compiling my second chapter — to the jungles of Cayo and the sight of this beautiful jaguar. All in just about two hours and a half, with plenty of pit stops. It’s what I loved about Belize three years ago on my first trip here, and it remains one of its major advantages.

Meanwhile, I just had my author photo taken (one I can actually use for the book, ha! You can vote on a selection tomorrow, watch this Facebook link) and I’m looking forward to staying put for two weeks during the Christmas holidays, even if it’s still going to be work.  I will have two more districts left to explore after Cayo, albeit small ones, and the rest will be all writing and compiling. The heaviest and most stressful days are ahead of me, but I’m slowly and surely getting there.

Stay tuned for regular postcards of the week and don’t forget to follow my Facebook Page and my Instagram feed for daily snapshots of my travels across Belize.




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