Hello, you of the Cult of the Jitterbug.
Your worthy leader is back.
I’m back in San Ignacio where I live in far western Belize, a few miles from Guatemala, from a Christmastime road trip I took via motorcycle to Corozal, a thriving town on gorgeous Chetumal Bay in northern Belize.
Corozal, which is sugar cane country, borders the bustling city of Chetumal in the southwest Yucatan in Mexico.
So mine wasn’t your traditional American Christmas. But it was all I wanted for Christmas–an adventurous road trip to beautiful places I’ve not explored much in Belize and Mexico since moving here four years ago.
Except for one overnight stay in a Mexican hostel, I spent the holiday week with my longtime Belizean friends Pops and Myrna, cane farmers who live a simple but good life in a quiet village called Louisville, 15 minutes from Corozal.(See link to Corozal info at bottom.)
My lodging at their half-acre home wasn’t exactly of the 5-star Belizean resort variety. I spent my first, mostly sleepless night in a hammock in an unfurnished cottage behind their cottage because they forgot to borrow a bed from a villager for me to sleep in my first night there.
They did come through with a bed the second night.
(Hammocks are great for napping or relaxing, but not so good for sleeping all night unless maybe you’re a kid or a twenty-something camper who can sleep anywhere.)
So Myrna and Pops and the villagers in Louisville are like most Belizeans in that they don’t have all the comforts and conveniences that the better educated types have. They work hard and more often than not are struggling just to survive.
But like so many Belizeans, they’re a God-loving couple who understand that hospitality is at the core of this Christian faith thing. They read the Bible constantly and pray without ceasing. They and their neighbors take care of each other.
They aren’t rich people.
But then again, they’re richer than many wealthy people.
For more on Corozal, which AARP ranks as one of the best retirement places outside the U.S., go here.
More on Chetumal in Mexico here.
See you next year and have a good one, my friends.