Tuesday, May 24, 2011

First Impressions of Caye Caulker

 Caye Caulker is a laid back island paradise. Everyone is friendly and willing to help you out, sell you a Belikin (the official beer of Belize), and make you feel like a long lost friend. There are only dirt roads on the island and the stop signs are more like slow down and look signs. It's peaceful and safe here and Spencer and I are loving it!

We rented bikes today to explore the island. The island is small and the only methods of transportation are bicycles and golf carts. It was so fun to cruise around and see all the different shops, restaurants, docks, hotels, bars, houses, and guided tour signs. It felt so nice to just relax and not worry about anything other than "do I want another beer?" or "want to go swimming?"

Of course, we are also thinking about activities to do and places to explore. There is a plethora of ocean activities to partake in around the island. We are looking into in a tour to see manatees, renting kayaks to explore the northern island, and the ultimate adventure--a three day sailing trip including snorkeling the reef, fishing, and camping on beaches.

Today we swam in the clear Caribbean water by the split as we drank beers from the Lazy Lizard bar. They have tables in the water so you can sit with your feet in the water while drinking and eating. Reggae music blared from the speakers as we looked out over the water enjoying the sunshine.

As you can imagine, fresh seafood is everywhere and it is scrumptious! All the food we've eaten has been wonderful and served with a smile. Today we had grouper filets and an entire snapper (head and tail still attached!) both barbecued, with rice and beans, fries, and fresh fruit. As much as I love the locally made Belikin beer, I love the fresh squeezed fruit juices more. Today, we had mango juice with breakfast and lime juice with lunch. The lime juice was amaaazing! For dinner, we had Italian food with fancy drinks. Yummm.

Our first full day on Caye Caulker has been a tremendous success. We are having a very happy honeymoon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting for Documents

Now that we have the positions lined up in Suncheon, we are just waiting for all our documents to get back to us. We received our apostilles for our degrees last week but we are still waiting for our apostilles for our FBI background checks. 

It's amazing how much verification you need! They really want to make sure that we are legitimate people. However, we are going to be teaching children, so I understand the thoroughness. I just want to get everything settled and get our visas in our passports and our plane tickets booked. Then, it will feel really official.

It's a kind of we're-moving-to-Korea lull. When we first uploaded our resumes to Dave's ESL Cafe, we got so many emails and phone calls from recruiters. We were actively searching for positions. Now that we have signed the contract, we are just waiting. Waiting for our background checks to come back...waiting to get our visas....waiting to find out when we are actually leaving on a plane to Korea (!!!)

All this waiting sometimes makes me forget we are moving to Korea at all! Especially with all the last minute wedding planning going on!

Everything has worked out really well for us, though. It's really good that we have jobs lined up in Korea already so we can focus solely on the wedding for the next couple of weeks. (There is still so much to do!!!)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Honeymoon in Belize

As we prepare to live abroad in South Korea, we are also planning our travels for our three week honeymoon in Belize!!!
We are flying into Belize City and catching the ferry to Caye Caulker. We plan on staying here for about 5 days and then taking a sailing trip down to Placencia.


We know we want to make it to San Ignacio to see some Mayan ruins and enjoy the wildlife but other than that, we have no set plans.

I'm generally not a plan-every-second traveller but I am a know-where-I'm-going-to-sleep-tonight traveller, so it should be interesting to totally wing it for most of the trip.

I'm really looking forward to not having plans, actually.

I think it will feel very freeing. I'm sure it will add some stress too but after planning this huge wedding, I'm sure it will be nothing we can't handle!