Leaving Ambergris Caye
Leaving Ambergris Caye was hard, but it was time to get back to family and friends and our Henderson apartment so we could take care of necessary business, like driver’s licenses and medical checkups. The holidays were coming up and it would be nice to spend some time with friends and family in Southern California, as well.
Leaving Ambergris Caye
Our ten-day stay came rapidly to a close. And, while we didn’t mind the rain, the flooded streets were a challenge we would just as soon do without. The road past the bank to our condo at Grand Baymen is due to get paved next year. That will be a great improvement and add value to the whole area. We’ll look forward to seeing that on a future visit. We thought we would return for the Grand Opening Celebration in January, but now it will have to be later in the year due to pressing business in the States.
On our last morning, we had a leisurely breakfast at Melt Cafe, where we used their WiFi to read and answer emails as we ate. As we were leaving, Mark gave us recommendations for taxi drivers. The first one we called, Walter, came through the mud puddles to get us and our luggage, and dropped us off at Caroline’s Cookin’ Restaurant across from the airport. We had a nice lunch and enjoyed chatting with Caroline until it was time to check in for our flight on Tropic Air to the Belize International Airport in Belize City. As we took off, we had one more look out the left side on the plane at the Grand Baymen condo complex where our condo is being built.
The flight was a short 17 minutes, and the pilot made a hard left bank down to the runway. He straightened out just over the grass to the left of the runway, but as we landed, the plane was on the runway center line. I was impressed, but these pilots do this several times every day and know their plane and the wind conditions very well.
Back to Henderson Nevada
It took very little time to get through Immigration with our Belize QRP cards at Belize International Airport. We were originally scheduled to fly from Belize City to Miami, Florida, but when we checked in they told us we had been rerouted through Dallas, Texas. So, we still have not been to Miami. In Dallas, the line for Customs and Immigration moved steadily and then we had about an hour to wait for our plane to Las Vegas. Just enough time to get something to eat before boarding for the flight.
We arrived in Las Vegas and by the time we got to our apartment, it was well after midnight. We had never returned at night when the gate was locked, and we were a little concerned that our gate pass would work, but no problem. The apartment front door was covered with notices and flyers. Upon entering, we could see that everything was exactly as we left it six months prior. That was a great relief, so we quickly unwound, relaxed, and went to bed.
The next morning at breakfast we started a list of what needed to be done starting first with things to be done before leaving for Southern California. It was quite a list, but one by one, we would knock them out. Extending the apartment lease, getting Nevada driver licenses, and buying a car were priorities. We’ll schedule the other items of business in the new year before planning the next leg of our Expat Adventure.
Next Time: What We Learned During Our Six Months in Central American.