Takin it slowww, Belize style!

Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
Trip End Sep 01, 2010

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Flag of Belize  , Belize Cayes,
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Going back a couple weeks now.... Left the country of Mexico via bus towards Belize...crossed the border, paid the cigarette smoking Mexican border guard $20 a pop to leave his beautiful country and proceeded to ride on our school bus with broken windows to the capital, Belize City. After numerous stops along the way we arrived rather nervously at around 9pm in the dark(note guidebook smartly advises to not arrive after dark). With our heads down we tiptoed out of the bus station hoping for the best. Thankfully we were met by a cool local taxi driver who helped us find our hostel. Our taxi driver made sure we got in safe to our hostel, three hardcore doors with locks later, we were safely inside the Three Sisters Hostel! The hostel lady told us not to go back outside and be sure not to cross the famous* swing bridge. Soo, we had to eat and therefore had to go outside to a restaurant one block up the street. Somehow between the 10 mins time we arrived and were about to leave the hostel to eat...Dave met this local Belizian from the balcony of our hostel. He wanted to give us a history lesson and of course he followed us to the restaurant. One long history lesson, and a few Belizian beers later, we were well informed on Belizian history and ready to get the h-e-double-hockey-sticks outta Belize city! To top it all off...we watched local gangsters drive by in their souped up SUV's, camouflaged Belizian police riding in the back of pick-up trucks with huge guns and super sketchy locals walking down the street with big sticks...ayayayaya.

Next day caught the boat to Caye Caulker, Belize. Way different world than Belize City! Laid back Rastafarians, crystal clear waters and added bonus it was Easter Week so the place was packed! Booty poppin was off the hook..haha, we could balance our drinks on some of the booty's we saw...Lauren was jealous that she wasn't born with that kind of talent. The next few days were packed with snorkeling, almost stepping on sting rays (minor freak out when Lauren almost jumped right on top of one) and partying with Swedish, English, and Canadian travelers.

O.k. so the cool thing about Belize is that it is surrounded by Cayes (small islands)(second biggest reef in the world) so Dave and I decided the best way to explore them was via 3 day sail boat trip with "Ragamuffin Tours" through the Cayes to the bottom of Belize (Placencia) wow....what an amazing time!

Aside from the constant flow of the same 5 reggae songs over and over plus the sleezy capitain & crew, the other travelers on the sailing trip were great and we proceeded to snorkel with sting rays, spotted eagle rays, eels, turtles, dolphins, swim and camp on the most amazing little islands...drink copious of rum punch, eat copious amounts of freshly caught barracuda steak and conch civiche. We had dance parties, good conversations, best star gazing ever(according to Will) and late night bonfires on deserted "Rendevous Caye" and mildly occupied "Tobacco Caye".

We arrived in Placencia, did a swift runner from the boat sans tip, and did our best to find a place to stay... no luck... so we ended up sharing a place with our two favorite Norweigens, Randi "Rucksack" and Silje "Sundial" or just simply "short blonde one" and "big bird". The only things to do in Placencia are sun tan, drink, eat and dance! Oh and dance we did...Dave and I ended up winning 2nd place in an embarrassing and unexpected lap dance competition (preformed by Dave) against some locals that had some serious moves. The next evening we convinced Big Bird and SBO to miss their bus in the morning over shots of bitters with the very stoned locals (who orders that???! yeesh) to hang with us for one more day of Norwegian Ping Pong and great company of course. Hopefully they made their flight on Sunday....we didn't want Dave to have to suck on Sundial's toenail less toe..(you don't want to know)!

Ok! So that is the update for now! We made it to Guatemala by boat and are currently on the coast of Livingston staying in jungle huts and enjoying the tail end of happy hour with our overly hyper Danish friends.....TBC xoxo
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