We're in Paradise. No really. If you've never been to Belize, you need to go, right now. If you need to relax, if you want to forget all your worries....this is the place to come. I could quite happily stay here forever - and I'm not the only one - we've already met several people who have come here on holiday once and just never left. It's so easy to just stop thinking about anything else, it's so relaxing here.
Having lived in the UK, where you could probably keel over and die on a public train and nobody would bother to lift a finger, it's so refreshing to be in a country where people are actually friendly. you walk down the street and people just say 'Hi, how are you today?'. They don't know you. They're not selling anything. They're just being nice. I spilled a tiny bit of orange juice in the deli this morning and the guy next to me stopped mid breakfast to rush and help me mop it up. Little kids yell hello as they run past in the street. Guys selling souvenirs, when we explain that we cant buy anything cos we're travelling so long and cant carry it, wish us the best of luck and hope we enjoy our trip. The ladies in the deli have already realised that Ian needs his morning coffee and start making it as soon as he walks in - and we've only been here 3 days! It's just.....fantastic.
And that's just the people. I haven't even started on the island itself yet - we're on Caye Ambergris, in San Pedro. it's a tiny place, you can walk round it in about 10 mins, there's just three main streets which run parallel, and though they do have names, they're generally known as front street, middle street and back street. it's all quite touristy cos they make most of their money from tourist coming here to dive, and from fishing. Ian is halfway through his 3 day Scuba diving course, he's off in the water right now. I'm still too scared to do that just yet, I'm not confident enough in the water so I'm starting with snorkelling. I was supposed to be doing it this morning but they didn't have enough people to run the trip because its low season, so i might be able to do it this afternoon instead, gotta check later. hopefully i'll be going to Shark Ray Marine Reserve Park.
The island is beautiful - sunset last night was stunning, and we're hoping to see sunrise one of these days.....if i could just bring myself to get up that early. like i said...its very laid back here! The water is so clear and clean, and bright turquoise, there's coconut trees everywhere, its very hot, but not too humid. the food is delicious, the beer is refreshing....the only downside for us is that its quite expensive compared to other places we've been and are going....but i decided to go with the attitude of you only live once, i love it here, so sod it lets just enjoy it......like i said, hard to care about anything here! I'll be poor but happy!
right, quick roundup of the last week before we got here - San Cristobal, lovely little town, lots of character, bit cold and drizzley but never mind.
Palenque - famous Mayan ruins in jungle - very hot and humid, stayed at Mayabell hotel, don't ever go there the staff aren't great - ruins were impressive, we went early to avoid crowds and heat, which is a good idea, do it - has a couple of lovely meals at the restaurant at El Panchan, little travellers hangout.
Chetumal - Didnt see much of it, arrived at 1.30am, slept, left for Belize. arrived at Corozal, trotted off to get the ferry to San Pedro, met a lady on the way who told us they weren't running today, and that we should fly instead, walked us to a taxi, sent us to the 'airport' (field with cabin office), where we took a 12-seater plane (scary for me, fab for Ian), on about a 10 minute ride to the island. staying in a nice hotel for good rates, nice to have something a little nicer than usual - also good that we have cable tv cos its cheaper than going out every night!!
right my fingers are gonna fall off if i write anymore! better go and......well no actually i have nothing to do except sit on the beach, but the internet is expensive here! take care everyone,
love erica and ian xxx