Blue Bird Buses, Backa Bush, birthday, blistering

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Jamanji

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

We arrived safely in Belize last week. We went from a nice air-conditioned bus to barely air-conditioned bus in Chetumal (the Mexican border town) to an old school bus in Belize City.  Raymond asked a Belizean lady how the mosquitoes are here and she answered in her Caribbean drawl: "they are looking for some fresh blood" - well I guess that's exactly what we are.  San Ignacio didn't look far on the map but it took 3 hours for the bus to drop us at mile 61. This is where Jamanji guesthouse/farm/bar is located  (about 15 minutes outside the small town of San Ignacio).

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. We pray that doesn't happen.

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.  Monique was afraid she wouldn't understand the teacher but thankfully that wasn't a problem.  She loved the games they played during recess but got really warm during the day.

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.
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cpartridge
cpartridge on

Happy B-Day Sophia
Had to sign on the stupid thing to write a message. Hope you all are having a great time, we should have figuired out a time to meet you down south but very busy now. Maybe in November.
Love you all , stay safe

Love Uncle Craig and Sue

slimwille
slimwille on

WOW!
From last January in FLorida when we met to Belize and all the places you have been already.
I am amazed, impressed and truly excited for all of you. This trip looks great and like a blessing of unlimited abundance.
We have arrived back in Connecticut for a few weeks before we head out and south to Maryland. We will winter over in Ashville, North Carolina in the Smokey Mountains.
Thanks for hooking me into your blog as I will follow your travels and experiences from here in the states for now. We are currently looking into spending a year in Italy mabye 2010.
All the best for now and keep the romance alive!
Bill Paglia Scheff

lesleypeter
lesleypeter on

Hey!
It looks like you guys are really getting involved with local life, how fascinating. Keep well and safe!

ndiloren
ndiloren on

World Trave
Hey muchachis

This is Ferdi saying hello, wishing he and his family travling with you.

The ocean remind me of my home town in Italy where I grew up.

Stay in touch and say hello to Janice, missed her at the re-union.

Ciao

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