I returned again to Belize in the spring of 2009 and spent several days there doing volunteer work with a group of 20
college students from New York University (NYU). We built a school room 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 afternoon, I pulled
into the village of Placencia on the Caribbean coast and rented this beachside cottage, complete with hammock. I spent
that evening lolling under the stars, listening to Jimmy Buffett music and eating hot habanero peppers – or trying to eat
them, I should say.