Blue Bird Buses, Backa Bush, birthday, blistering
Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
80Trip End Dec 31, 2009
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It is unbelievably hot here. High humidity causes us to sweat constantly. The first few days were the worst, but we have just gotten used to it and developed ways of keeping cool. There is no A/C here. You know you are in trouble when the locals complain of the heat. The locals are also very aware that this heat creates welcoming conditions for a hurricane, as hurricane's feed off the warm air
The kids are really enjoying the farm. Raymond is especially reminiscent of his years growing up on the farm but does not seem so excited getting woken up at 4am every morning by rooster crowing before it is even daylight. Lucky for us city gals - we can sleep thru anything. It's still a novelty for the kids to catch a ride in the back of a pick-up truck to town. They have been riding the horses, watching the pigs get fed, playing with the puppies and swimming in the cool creek several times a day. September 1st was Sophia's 11th birthday. We baked Sophia a cake and she went for a long horseback ride up to a lookout point. We hope that was memorable for her. Thanks to my parents for sending a card and money order for Sophia. We tried to cash it at the post office yesterday and had a heck of a time. The man could not get over the fact that it was a Canadian money order in US$. He said the U.S. part was a mistake and wouldn't cash it. That's just the way of things here.
Miss Linda, the manager of the guesthouse, has two young children. Keenan is almost 6 years old and Tamisha is nearly 3 years old. Today Monique went to school for the day with Keenan. Although English is the main language here, Creole is often spoken and for us, hard to understand
Today we took the bus to the Belize Zoo. James enjoyed the monkeys and otters, and we all enjoyed seeing different members of the cat family (Puma, Ocelot, Margay and 2 Jaguars).
Belize is a small country with a small population (290,000). The people are warm, friendly and laid back. The roads are not that great and they have seen prices rise for basic foods like rice and flour. Food is more expensive here than in Canada, so count yourselves lucky. The country is mainly descendents of Africa and Hispanic, however there are a large group of Mennonites who seem to have cornered the farming market in an area called Spanish Lookout.