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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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New Year’s Eve 2013: South Water Caye

Ah New Year’s Eve. It’s a great time of year, don’t you think? You get the chance to revisit the previous year and think about everything you did… and didn’t do. You get to hit the reset button and think about everything that will be done differently in the coming year. You make big plans. Yes, this year will be MY year. You’ll get to work early, you’ll exercise more, you’ll eat less this and more that, you won’t be negative, you won’t let the dishes pile up, you’ll get up the courage to ask that guy or gal out, you’ll look so fabulous that your pesky ex or that guy/gal that rejected you will look at you and think, “damn, what was I thinking…”. I mean, let’s get serious here for minute– everyone has that thought at some point in their life, guy or girl. Yes, 2014 will be my year to shine.

The funny thing is though… when you try to think about the previous year, it all melds together. I mean, here I am, in February 2015, writing up this post and I am having a tough time remembering 2014. Don’t get me wrong, 2014 was an awesome year… it’s just that the things I focus on to reset for the New Year seem so important when I make them… and then life happens and the relative “unimportantness” (yes I made up that word) of those resolutions shines. Perhaps my problem is that I am making the *wrong New Year’s resolutions. The things I remember from 2014? The trips I took, the people I met, the conversations I had, and the beers I discovered: eating lunch at Pike’s Place Market with my state coworkers at an annual meeting, drinking beers at a local DC brewpub with Andrew’s brother, sister-in-law, and our friends, hiking at Hetch-Hetchy Dam, picking up our new dog, Winston, from the shelter, taking a boat into a National Park in Indonesia to see Orangutans, drinking a beer at a crazy Robot Show in Tokyo, sneaking photos in an open air market in Singapore, taking a swig of bourbon from a flask that my fellow classmate snuck into the graduation ceremony, going to an “authentic” Russian meal in Alaska, teaching the drinking game, asshole, to a 60-year old man who wandered down to our cabin where we were staying with the Cornell crew one weekend, dancing with coworkers in Dallas after our meeting let out for the day, hiking to a natural hot spring in Iceland, exploring new brewpubs and collecting pint glasses, spending Thanksgiving with my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew at my parents’ house, and of course, spending New Year’s at the beach where Andrew proposed (technically New Year’s Day 2015).

I don’t, however, remember what I ate and did not eat. I don’t remember how many times I exercised. I don’t remember how often (if ever!) I got to work early. I don’t remember how many days I didn’t have a “negative” thought. I can’t tell you how many times Andrew and I did the dishes or let them pile up. I can’t tell you how many “dates” Andrew and I went on. I can’t even tell you if I kept a single one of my 2014 resolutions and you know why? Because I was busy living and that to me is more important than any superficial rule I made up on December 31, 2013. Live for the moment and don’t take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.

But back to South Water Caye! Wow that was me on my soap box. December 31, 2013 was a day for relaxation. I woke up and took some great sunrise photos on the beach with Tim and Barbara (for some reason, I can’t actually locate these sunrise photos)! Andrew and I went snorkeling again and saw a yellow stingray, green and yellow eels, and a ton of fish and lobsters. For breakfast, we ate fried beans, scrambled eggs, hot sauce, tortillas, soursop juice, orange slices, and sausage links. We also had fresh coconuts!!!!!

dec31beach

A beautiful beach day

 

After breakfast, we worked on a Pink Floyd Album cover puzzle. We did not finish by lunch and that was just fine. We drank beers and piña coladas. We ate island paradise pizza (ground beef, tomato, onion, pepper, cheese, and pepperoni), banana muffins, and watermelon. After lunch, we did finish the puzzle. Then we went snorkeling again, further around the island a bit to switch it up. We saw more rays, lobsters, big schools of fish, these tiny silver fish that followed your every move, gigantic starfish, giant crabs, hermit crabs, conchs, purple lion fish, and sea cucumbers. It was the perfect day.

Pelican enjoying the island life

Pelican enjoying the island life

Pretty trees on the beach

Pretty trees on the beach

We showered and ate dinner: pineapple, breaded eggplant, jalapeño corn salad, macaroni pasta with tomato, conch stir fry, sweet potato pone, and coconut. After dinner, the tables were cleared and the party began! There were Belizean drummers, dancers, and singers. We did shots of 1 Barrel Rum. We drink Belikan Beer, we drank Mayfair dandy gin, and we even had some rum that Sarah and Stuart brought from the mainland. We danced and we sang and we talked about traveling and life. We lived in the moment. It was the perfect New Year’s!

coconuts

There’s nothing in the world that can’t be made better with some coconuts

 

Until next time. Live your life.

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