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Final Day in Belize: January 2, 2014

Today is our last full day in Belize. Ugh. In my experience, near the end of the trip, there is one of two ways you can feel: 1) you get excited to go home and resume life after rest and relaxation… then there’s how I feel: depressed. Seriously. I get so sad and even angry that the trip is over. Where did the time go? Why is this happening to me? Don’t the vacation gods get it? I need to be here more than I need oxygen. Dramatic, I know, but it’s sort of true. I love traveling. I love the feeling of being somewhere new and unexpected. I love meeting new people and hanging out with old friends. I like waiting up for the sun and I love chasing the last rays at sunset. If I could get paid to live out of my suitcase, I totally would… no questions asked. The only thing that gets me through the last day of a vacation is thinking about my next vacation. Crazy, I know. Maybe I’m just wired a bit differently!

So back to Belize. We woke up and of course, started our final day with a morning snorkel. Once again we saw lobsters and stingrays, fish, and eels. The current was really rough this morning- almost as if it didn’t want us to leave either! Breakfast was scrambled eggs, grapefruit, refried beans, butt bacon, orange juice, coffee, and johnny cakes. After breakfast, we worked on our puzzle of Italy. Someday, I’ll go to Italy. Yeah, that’s a nice thing to picture.

A look out to the boat dock from Dangriga

A look out to the boat dock from Dangriga

Most of our group was headed back to the good old U.S. of A. today so they jumped on the morning boat at 10:30AM. We took a bunch of group photos and said our goodbyes (secretly very happy that we had a few more hours on South Water Caye)! We relaxed, packed up, and took one last dip before we caught our 3:30PM boat back to Dangriga, where we would be staying for the night in the Pelican Resort’s sister resort again (we stayed there on our first night as well). On the boat trip back, we took a pit stop at Man-of-War Caye, affectionately known by locals as, Bird Island. It was absolutely covered in frigate birds and yellow-footed boobies. They seem to have worked themselves into a symbiotic relationship and there are no other birds on the island.

Dangriga coastline

Dangriga coastline

We arrived back in Dangriga and placed our bags in our room. We walked into the main square of Dangriga where there was a playground, brightly painted, and a few people around doing some work on the road. We picked up some Belizean hot sauce and rum and then headed back to Pelican Beach. We finished off the evening with dinner at the resort’s restaurant. I opted for spiced curry chicken with vegetables and coconut rice. For dessert, we all split some lemon meringue pie and a passionfruit milkshake. We spent a few hours just talking and drinking beers before we eventually headed to bed for the our final sleep in Belize.

Road construction in Dangriga

Road construction in Dangriga

Dangriga playground

Dangriga playground

This trip was fantastic. When we first heard about the trip/were invited on the trip by Andrew’s parents, we were absolutely ecstatic! I knew it was going to be different going in– because, 1) we were traveling internationally with family and I’ve only traveled internationally with friends and 2) we were going to be on a tiny island for the duration of the trip. To be honest, I was a bit worried that I’d get bored being in once place for so long…. like I’ve said before, I’m not a big “sit on the beach doing nothing” person. But this trip was exactly what I needed– relaxing, no pressure, no requirements, no expectations, and no decisions. Just good friends (and family!), good food, cold beverages, water, and warmth. It was perfect.

Plant closeup.

Plant closeup.

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DCA –> South Water Caye, Belize

Ah New Years 2013-2014. As a celebration for a number of reasons, Andrew and I traveled with his parents, brother’s family, and sister-in-law’s family to South Water Caye, Belize. Here’s where Souther Water Caye is located:

South Water Caye is located southwest of mainland Belize

South Water Caye is located southwest of mainland Belize (source)

 

South Water Caye is a private 14-acre island. It has a small marine biology research station (partnership between IZE, Boston University, and National Science Foundation) a few houses, and the Pelican Beach Resort, which is located on 3.5 acres at the southern end of the island. The resort is comprised of: a main house with a kitchen, a bar, an indoor/outdoor eating area, and a bunch of books/puzzles/games; and a number of house/condo combos. But more on South Water Caye later. For today, the trip there…

Our flight from DCA left at 7:00AM. We arrived in Dallas, TX at 9:30AM. The great thing about early morning traveling through airports? Early morning margaritas! We settled down at Blue Mesa and ordered some breakfast burritos and margaritas (Andrew had a blue margarita; I opted for the Black Raspberry Swirl). A little while after breakfast, we met up with Austin (Andrew’s brother) and Andrew’s sister-in-law’s family. The group of us enjoyed a margarita more before boarding our 12:45PM flight to Belize City. We arrived in Belize City at 3:45PM and got in line for customs, which was a disaster! Tons of people! We had just managed to to get through the line when someone in our party came running up and yelling that we needed to hand over our bags if we were ever going to make the connecting flight. This is where chaos ensued… and resulted in three members of our party being left behind to catch a later flight. The airport security guard grabbed our bags and shoved them through ticketing and then asked for our ids. Once we showed them, he started yelling that we needed to follow him… and he took the tickets with him. So, just picture 4 of us at this point running through the airport after a security guide. We ended up at the security check line and didn’t see our security guard anywhere. Apparently in Belize City, the motto is, “no ticket? no problem!” as we were pushed through security with no questions asked…

Tropic Airlines.

Tropic Airlines.

Close Quarters on the Tropic Airlines in Belize.

Close Quarters on the Tropic Airlines in Belize.

We were led out onto the runway to wait for about a minute before being ushered onto a 15 passenger (max) plane. The flight was literally about 20 minutes… if that. We left the plane and shortly thereafter, a large black SUV came to pick us up along with our luggage. The SUV transferred us to the Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga, on the coast of mainland Belize. The next morning we would hop on the boat taxi to get to South Water Caye. After getting situated in our hotel rooms, and our missing three from Belize City randomly showed up on a completely different airline (apparently they were just pushed onto it), we all enjoyed some ice cold Belikan Belize Beer and dinner. Andrew went for Spicy Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice, while I opted for roasted veggies, rice, and salad. After laughing about the crazy long day and airport antics, we headed to bed. 7AM wake up call.

View from the plane. Belize City to Dangriga

View from the plane. Belize City to Dangriga

View from the plane on the flight from Belize City to Dangriga

View from the plane on the flight from Belize City to Dangriga

Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga, Belize.

Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga, Belize.

View of the dock at Pelican Beach Resort, Dangriga.

View of the dock at Pelican Beach Resort, Dangriga.

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