People often take things for granted when they are starstruck and daydreaming about living on a tropical island. Something so simple as getting a magazine can be a difficult chore or a fun adventure depending on how you look at it. I say how could it not be fun when it involve a 15 minute plane ride and a comfortable taxi through Belize City.
Ordinarily I would have gone straight to San Pedro Books, but sadly they are no longer, which is a shame as I know I would have found what I wanted there. A few months after seeing copies of 2 year old Parents Magazines for $17.95 bzd at Island Supermarket, I crossed them off my magazine store shopping list until I see otherwise. The only other place I know o that sells magazines in San Pedro is Caye Supplies, they sell Belize News Exchange Magazine, but that is not what I needed this time.
Since I had to fly over for to a meeting, I decided to tie that in with a shopping in Belize City and see what I kind of deals I could score in the area of my favorite magazine store.
I have been trying to get this blog post done since 5:00am but have been bouncing around work like a ping-pong ball, so I will post it in a few stages over the course of the day. I shot lots of Maya flight and taxi driving video too and will add one soon if not to this post. I will leave you with a great #Ttravel Tuesday vacation planning piece and my my first set of magazine shopping adventure pics from my Maya Air puddle jumper ride.
No matter if you are single, planning a destination wedding or are already happily married, this Romantic Travel Belize blog post The Seven Stages of Travel and the Destination Bride is worth a read.
For the pictures, it was one of those great flights where I got to go airport hopping. We stopped at Philip Goldson Airport first and then headed off to our main destination Municipal Airport. Stay tuned for write up of where I shopped and what I bought.
Maya staff are always super friendly and one of them was quick spot me looking for Jeff and ask if I wanted a cab. He helped me find one that was already taking a couple of people in the direction I was going.
I could have called this post I got Paraded in Belize City. Due to a religious parade, my cab driver politely asked if he could let me off early, instead of dropping me off at Brodies. I did not mind and it was clear I would do better on foot than I would in his cab. I caught the tale end of the parade and stepped into the regular Albert Street hustle and bustle.
I decided to do the surrounding area first and then hit Brodies last as I knew I would have packages after going there. I went to the downtown mall and scored some combs, nice $5 bracelets, $5 reading glasses and two fish charms. After that I hit Miami Fashion and that was a rare time where I was reverse bartered. Instead of me trying to get a deal on the price, the store clerk chased me down our front of his store lowering the price from 49.99 to 39.99 on a pair of red, cork heel wedge shoes – how could I refuse that after all I was celebrating and in a really good mood after my meeting.
Next came Brodies. I walked around like a kid in a candy store looking at all the stuff and saving the magazines for last. I found 3 good ones, Sport Fishing, Marlin and Saltwater Fisherman that made me really happy, I was surprised I did not find any diving magazines. Anyone have any old fishing or diving magazines kicking around hat they would sell or donate to my work research?
I had not done a swing bridge picture in a long time so I decided to snap one off on the way to Angelus Press. I went there for for ideas and then headed for Simon Quan, where I scored a new kitchen garbage can and some nice plastic popcorn buckets for Pedro, he recently bought a popcorn machine for the bar.
My time was running out and I had to get back to Municipal. I was looking for the green license plates of a cab, and saw a cool wood panel one but it was parked and empty. I decided to head back across the swing bridge knowing I could catch one there and sure enough as soon as I got a few feet on the bridge one started crossing that was going my way. I never caught my drivers name but he was really nice and we talked about everything from crime and being safe to cameras.
He got me to Maya airport just in time and check in for the 1:30 flight from Municipal to San Pedro. Video of my flight and driving around Belize City coming soon. soon.