Bed Bugs and Beyond
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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On the Belize side we found our "chicken bus" so named for the fact that on any given day you can find any number of farm animals (particularly chickens) traveling along with their owners to another part of the country. The buses are actually old smoke blowing, gas guzzling yellow school buses from the USA, repainted in the brightest eye catching colours they can find. With the windows open for some air conditioning it was a windy few hours to Belize City which sadly was very seedy in the darkness of nightfall. We found a taxi driver who was happy to drive around till he found a guest house with accommodation available
During the night Carlie heard what she thought was a mouse rustling around in the room but what you can't see (in the dark) can't hurt you, so she ignored it and went back to sleep. After a hot, restless night we woke to find a mouse or rat had indeed crawled into Megan's open day bag and helped itself to the leftover bread. Oops! A lesson learnt there; close all zips. Rick was scratching like mad and we discovered he had managed to pick the bed with the bed bugs in it. We hit 40 bites (huge itchy red welts more like it) and stopped counting.
We were more than happy to be heading to what we had heard was "paradise", Caye Caulker
We had planned to stay 1-2 days but after about 30 minutes on the island we voted unanimously to stay as long as we felt like it and to just head straight to Guatemala after that. We spent the first 2 days relaxing, walking around the island, swimming and eating.....oh and watching pay TV. It's amazing how much you like TV when you rarely watch it while traveling.
Sadly we couldn't stay at the first place the whole time as she only has space for two days so we moved two doors down to another cheaper place. We headed out on the third day for a snorkel trip on the local reef, swimming around in the crystal clear water, following the fish and looking for sharks
On our last day in paradise we nursed our sun burnt backs. Although we did wear sunscreen, and lots of it as it stops the jellyfish stings, we all managed to get burnt. We spent the day wandering around the shops and the evening watching the amazing sun set over the water.