January 28, 2013 I flew back into Belize, exactly 4 months after leaving. The past 4 months have been quite a roller coaster of activities and emotions but my desire didnt’ stray too far from Paradise.
So my first day back was almost a non-event. Back in Toronto yesterday morning the weather was horrendous – we had a snow storm which covered the roads completely so we couldn’t see where the road started and the shoulders ended. As a result, 3 lanes became 2 and it was interesting to note that everybody drove as if we only had a 2 lane highway. The snow was coming down so heavily that I visualized warp 9 as if I were on the deck of the Starship Enterprise. What should have taken about 60 minutes to drive took over 90 minutes to drive – top speed on a series 400 highway was 80 km per hour and that wasn’t often, so no warp speed, it was all visual. So we make it to the airport and boarded our flight. We learned later that about 150 flights had been cancelled out of Toronto to various destinations, starting about 2 hours after our flight took off. We were late taking off as well. Another first for me was the de-icing process. The whole process took approximately 45 minutes, which also set us late to leave for Belize. But I was glad for the de-icing because we had a couple of inches of snow on the wings and on the top of the plane.
So after the flight took off the rest of the trip was uneventful – thank goodness.
Then we arrive here and believe it or not I was recognized by a friend from Punta Gorda. What a surprise – I guess this is what happens in a small community. And I feel like I am back home. Oh, not for the people because anybody who read my previous entries, will know that I do miss my family. But I love this place. And I am back, with hubby in tow for a month, and we are going to do a lot of investigating to learn what we need to do to make this permanent.
And I’m not missing the snow either, or the slippery driving or the cold.