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... so until we reached Laminai. For some reason I had images of 'Apocalypse Now' in my head, but thankfully Marlon Brando was not there to meet us when we reached our destination.
The first thing we did was have some grub that was thrown in with the package. And pretty decent grub it was - chicken, rice, veggies and you could choose a beer or a soft drink. While eating, I got into conversation with a German couple (technically the husband was American, but they live ...
... as he was trying hard to act like Hemingway, a Sailing Welshman who had been stuck here for the last 25 years getting ****** and stoned on a fairly regular basis, he was incredibly smart, astute but sadly a wasted talent in this Belizian backwater town. We meet a lovely Dutch couple (Freddy and Morton) who were planning on taking a tour the following day into the jungle and invited us along. We awoke early to take a bus across to the town ...
... so fluently one would think they were in Missoula. The fly fishing tourism runs this place and it was easy to see. We quickly befriended the "crazy gringo from Hollywood" aka Mike, the owner of Casa de Ascension. He welcomed us into his living room/hotel entertainment room where he had a big screen TV, 24/7 electricity (a rarity in PA), and a football game could always be watched. The football and burgers were a nice taste of home that eased the transition and helped soothe the fire ...
... one for him as well). We then sat with our new Belizian friend drinking our beer and talking to his friends.
We shared stories of our countries and quickly learned that here in Belize you can drink in the street without fear of arrest. Our next stop after leaving these characters was another Chinese restaurant near our hotel. We had another beer and watched the soccer, while the local bar flies told us which homeless rastafarians ...
ASL tho, every talk he gives, he will try to sign or act up a portion
of it :-D Along with the outpouring of spiritual refreshment, we've
received a pouring of rain!!! It has been so wet and even a bit
chilli (by that I mean slightly cool) We soldiered on through the
week making the best of muddy roads but Sat morning the group had to
be cancelled since it deluged all through the night and we ended up
with a moat ...