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#253228 - 10 March 18 6:41 am - America/Chicago New Forum Member
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Hello to all,

We are Carol and Chris and currently live in Southern Indiana, near Louisville, KY. Over the last couple of years we have been considering moving to Central America and originally had set our sights on Costa Rica. Last year we decided to look at Belize as an option and came down for a week. We really loved it! We are coming down again on May 27, 2018
and staying at Gaia River Lodge. We plan to look around San Ignacio.

Our future plan is to move to Belize, if all the stars line up, in mid 2020 which will be here soon. We hope to interact with some of you for helpful guidance to avoid any land mines. I will be eligible for the QRP and we plan on bringing a vehicle with us. We have been scanning to forum for pertinent postings and finding the information helpful although it seems there are varied experiences from person to person.

Looking forward to meeting some of you!

Carol and Chris

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#253229 - 10 March 18 9:19 am - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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Originally Posted By: CandC
We have been scanning to forum for pertinent postings and finding the information helpful although it seems there are varied experiences from person to person.

Looking forward to meeting some of you!

Carol and Chris

Welcome to the forum and best of luck on your great adventure. Your quote above said a mouthful. US ex-pats in Belize do have a wide variety of experiences, indeed they do. A lot of success or failure has to do with prior experience adapting to other cultures, and expectations. If you expect life in Belize (or any developing country) to be strongly similar to life in the US or Canada, you will be deeply disappointed. If you can embrace life there as it is, it can be wonderfully rewarding. One of the most common bits of GOOD advice that turns up on forums is "Rent for a year before you buy." If you live for a year in Belize and want to stay, you'll probably do fine there. But if it turns out not to be just your cup of tea, it's a lot easier to return home if you don't have to sell a property to do so. Buying property in Belize is easy, selling it is extremely difficult (recovering a significant part of your investment even more so, forget about making a profit). I might also add "In your rental year, live in several different regions." Belize is incredibly diverse, geographically and culturally. You really can't know, until you are on the ground, just where you'd be happiest. You are considering embarking on quite an adventure. I wish you all the best with it.
Greg

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#253231 - 11 March 18 3:55 pm - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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Belize is a 3rd world banana republic. It is corrupt, morally and financially bankrupt, inefficient, and suffers from poor beyond basic medical services. This is particularly the case for ER/trauma care. Its is the most expensive country in the region particularly electrical and internet services as well as commodities. The infrastructure is poor. Property crime especially petty theft is a national custom. It has the highest per capita consumtion of alcohol and marijuana in the region. Its has the highest obesity and STD rate in Central America.
We have been wintering in Merida Mexico past few years. This is a vast improvement over our experience in Belize at 30% less cost and vastly superior medical services as well as commodities and amenities.
Belize appeals to a small minority of the potential expat population. Mostly libertarians and republicans. wink
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#253232 - 11 March 18 4:34 pm - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: ginandtonic]
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Welcome back, G&T, what inspired you to haunt these halls again?

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#253233 - 12 March 18 12:52 am - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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Wow that post G&T just took me back to my first visit to the forum. nothing much changed in the post could have been a direct cut and pace from 3 or 4 years ago. Before you started posting as dr Al and the subsequent variations of that name.
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#253234 - 12 March 18 4:36 am - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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Ah memories of other wild posters here!

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#253235 - 12 March 18 8:23 am - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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Ahh, someone must have sprung G&T from forum jail. Same old bitterness for his business screw ups when he was in Belize years ago. Next we'll have thecol chirping in with nonsense from some distant country too.


Edited by jstewartpa (12 March 18 8:23 am - America/Chicago)
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#253236 - 12 March 18 2:00 pm - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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He's baaaack! Yes, it's all well and good to say the GOB is corrupt. Isn't that a lot like saying the sky is blue? The Mexican government is deeply corrupt, for certain. Ask anyone that lives there, especially anyone connected to social-welfare NGO's. And let's talk about the good ole USA. Anyone watching the slow-rolling tragedy (and travesty) of gun violence and mass shootings here can't miss the obvious systemic corruption in the US government. A small, but extremely well-funded, extremist group has managed to exalt one so-called Constitutional right at the expense of all others, as well as at the expense of good sense, humanity, and common decency. I say so-called because the current interpretation of the 2nd Amendment does not have a long history of precedent. As recently as the 1990's Chief Justice Warren Burger (no liberal he, a Richard Nixon appointee) called the NRA's interpretation of the 2nd Amendment a "fraud perpetrated on the American public."
Warren Burger on the 2nd Amendment
The NRA has achieved this by using the vast sums of money funneled to them from US gun manufacturers to, quite simply, buy off the US Congress. That's profound systemic corruption with no particular effort made to hide the fact. Politicians being what they are, I'll bet similar examples can be found in most, if not ALL, other countries including the so-called "Western democracies". Why should any reasonable person expect Belizean politicians to behave any better than their contemporaries worldwide? Lord Acton said it best: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." As more and more wealth (and with it political power) concentrates in the hands of the few, corruption becomes more and more ingrained in political systems around the world. Belize is no exception, not much better or worse than anywhere else.
Greg

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#253237 - 12 March 18 3:11 pm - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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All we need is the frenchman and we will be complete!

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#253240 - 13 March 18 5:04 am - America/Chicago Re: New Forum Member [Re: CandC]
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Edited by ginandtonic (13 March 18 5:05 am - America/Chicago)
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