Good-bye 2020…you will most certainly not be forgotten. Yesterday…late afternoon there was an EPIC rainbow…the full arch and it was double and then triple at time. I missed it. Completely. I was DEEP into a fascinating/horrifying podcast. But here are pictures from around the island.
In Central Park from Marlena Gomez Photography. Follow her if you love beautiful photos daily from around San Pedro town.
This fun pic from stunning The Phoenix Resort titled “Jumping into 2021 like…”
Marvin on the other side of the island at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly. Cue the osprey…
I could read all sorts of corny things into this weather-related phenomena but I’ll leave that to you.
Or perhaps just throw in this excellent Maori saying that I heard yesterday: “Look into the sun and the shadows fall behind.” ONWARD to 2021!
I know I said yesterday’s FIVE was my last post of the year – but I got curious this morning…what were my most-read posts of 2020? I always know that bad news – approaching storms or floods – brings readers to my blog.
I also know that big-picture topics are very popular. Top Beaches in Belize or What Expats NEED to know before Moving to Belize. (Please note that I wrote NEITHER of these blogs because I have no idea what the BEST beach in Belize is…I have not visited them all and I don’t know what all Expats Need for anything…I am only me!!! I have a bone to pick with these kind of posts…how can one person who visited for one week give you the COMPLETE guide to anything?)
What I do know is that it was an odd year so I didn’t know what to expect. Here’s the list.
I wrote this BEFORE my book – 50 BIG Experiences on Ambergris Caye. This post is sort of a cheat sheet.
Ambergris Caye…the final frontier! This WAS super cool and happened in January….which seems like light years away.
Here’s the thing. LOTS of people have questions about getting money, bringing money and tipping in Belize. And so…this is a popular search and the blog gets many many reads. For hotels…it’s a great information to provide for guests before they arrive.
While Secret Beach is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit, I don’t get out there much. Maybe once or twice a year? Here I stayed overnight and tried to really explore. I’ll need to do a bit of tweaking – one bar has closed (Paco’s) and I’m sure there are a BUNCH of changes over there since last year!
April…most people, all over the world, were in their homes, glued to the news, spinning in all of the uncertainty. News from the ground on Ambergris Caye was very popular. I was as confused as everyone else!
It felt very comforting to write down everything I was doing…just to make sure I was doing something!
I wrote this on April 28th, we were finishing our first and strictest lock-down on Ambergris Caye. Rules were loosening but a State of Emergency was extended for 2 months. People wanted info!
If a topic is already HOT, why not jump aboard. “Click bait” is the ugly term for it – but I think that means that there is no substance behind the post. I prefer “News Jacking” – a term I heard when marketing guru David Meerman Scott came to speak in Belize. (My favorite part was how STUNNED he was that Belize was still using phone books in 2012)
Anyway…you can read the post and just for yourselves.
I’m also learning that way more people find my posts thru Pinterest than I thought. I have work to do!
An oldie but a good – and I updated it a wee bit for 2020.
So…what have I learned. Use Pinterest more. I’ll try but I don’t enjoy it at all. And 2. We need more bad news? NO WAY. Not happening.
Have a YEAR happy New Year’s Eve tonight even if you are sleeping thru it after eating a big delicious dinner followed by warm apple crumble and ice cream (that’s my plan). See you in the NEW YEAR! Otherwise known as tomorrow 🙂