Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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Camped on the beach
Tobacco Caye was home that second night. An inhabited island with some cabanas, two bars, a restaurant, a curio shop. The coral reef is accessible right off the dock and stingrays hover past regularly like creepy shadows in the netherworld. Some locals come out to greet us tourists. George was the strangely-humoured elderly man who helped with food prep and cleaning. Then there's the enigma that is Crystal, a very tall local twenty-something with the uncanny ability to stare without blinking, and the ability to be friendly without ever smiling.
While laidback and Carribean in nature, I couldn't help but sense a certain undertone on this island
Whenever you're about to spend extended time with absolute strangers in close proximity, there's a very real fear that everyone might not get along. That the ages and personalities might clash right in front of us. That there'll be at least one annoying @sshole who ruins it for everyone. So we were all massively relieved and indeed, elated, when we slowly realised that we were all compatible, easy-going individuals who got on like a house on fire. Effortlessly! In fact we bigged ourselves up for the duration of the trip. These characters would make an awfully boring Big Brother series except perhaps for one hook-up but they shall remain nameless!
We had no idea what to expect of Belizean food but it did not disappoint. Mexican food was a hard act to follow but this food was different, and absolutely to die for
Many tried but only two succeeded in catching us some supper. Stig (Norway) bagged a barracuda for the boys, and Peihsun (Taiwan) hooked a grouper for the girls (hey, check out the alliteration!), both cooked to perfection by the crew despite limited facilities. Also despite limited facilities Jerrod removed his own stitches with the aid of the first aid kit and under the watchful eye of Nurse Rachael. This dapper dude earned those stripes while coming to the rescue of a young swimmer struggling in the waters off Caye Caulker.
All too soon we bid fond farwells to all as we arrived in Placencia, our captain's hometown.
Easily one of the top 3 experiences in our travels to date!