79). The Beach at Placencia
Belize (March 2009)
In the spring of 2009, my colleagues at work in
Portland told me they were going to the Middle East for a week, so I said to
myself, "Heck, if they're going to the Middle East, then I'm going to
Belize." Within an hour, I'd made my plane reservation and had rented
a car, and a few days later, I was in Belize. I spent several days
working with a group of 20 college kids from New York University (NYU),
building a school and playground near San Ignacio, then I took off and
explored southern Belize, my first visit to that part of the country.
On my first evening, I pulled into the village of Placencia on the coast and
rented this beachside cottage, complete with hammock, where I spent that
evening lolling under the stars, listening to Jimmy Buffett on my laptop,
and eating (or trying to eat) habanero peppers. I wasn't too
successful with the latter.