I am looking for a change of scene and Belize is looking like the best place for myself and my gf, weíre both 30. Iím an applied researcher in Big Data and Machine Learning. Itís a pretty good gig which I can do from home anywhere in the world. Currently Iím based in San Francisco but tax combined with a very high cost of living and constant visa issues (Iím Australian and visas get in the way of contracting) are all conspiring to make living here less than ideal.
What Iíd like to get a sense for is if I could fit in with the expat community in San Pedro. Iím looking for feedback to help me set my expectations, and Iím looking to make friends who share some similar interests and hopefully hit the ground running.
So for my expectations of San Pedro; at a minimum Iíd be happy with an air-conditioned room with internet (even slow and intermittent) where I can work, study and save money. With the money saved I could attend tech conferences around the world and be much more plugged into the tech scene than I am now living in the center of SF. So even if there isnít anyone that shares my interests at this stage I think moving to Belize would still be a good move.
But ideally what Iím looking for are for people in San Pedro who share similar interests to me to work with, hang out with and go on trips with. I'm into tech, flying, kiteboarding, traveling. I have equipment for fun outings that I'd be happy to share.
[<Edit: Toning it down a bit>]
My girlfriend shares many of my hobbies but is also really into Yoga and rural retreats.
At this stage my plan is to go to San Pedro for a few weeks as a sanity check and if it works out Iíll move in April.
Iím really looking forward to it.
Last edited by moloneymb; 02/16/16 09:25 PM.