As we watch the island slow down of traffic – in the last week we have gone from hectic busy to dead slow – we are faced with the realities of the months to come.
Firstly, back to school! Everybody is somehow affected by this huge deal – either you have children or you are related or friends children are gearing up for a new school year. The financial commitment with regard to school uniforms and books have had parents traveling to Belize City to complete their children’s book requirements, not to mention accessories! School here on Caye Caulker will commence on Monday and therefore this week and indeed weekend is precious – the final moments of a child’s freedom before the next school year commences!
And, as expected, along with the summer disappearing in front of our eyes, so do the tourists … no more scantily clad Italians meandering up and down our sandy roads – so long, until next year!! Businesses each cope with the slow season as best they can – for us at Raggamuffin, we close for October. Many of the restaurants will do the same, some may close in September too. Its a time for all staff to take a break, a holiday and re-charge those well needed batteries in preparation for November – the beginning of a new season!!
And finally – the weather – although hurricane season quite literally spans from June to the end of November – for us here in Belize, hurricanes or bad weather traditionally creeps up on us in the months of September and October. So the next few months become a time for us to watch the weather to ensure that we all remain safe. Truthfully this year the Caribbean waters (that which gives any of these storms the fuel for which to increase in strength) seem cooler than we have seen in the past 5 years or so. This is good, it really looks like it is not possible for any kind of weather threat to find us this year – locals would say that they could ‘feel it’!!
So all in all … the holiday is over .. back to reality, which in Paradise is still not the same as many of yours!!!