Placencia, February 2015

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Placencia, February 2015

Today we boated to Monkey River where we spotted manatee, turtles, howler monkeys, snakes, tarantula, and many beautiful birds–so John you can either be impressed or jealous, your choice.  Those hanging things are bird nests! The birds are social and group together.

Our guide was Creole. There are many ethnic groups in Belize. There were Mayans originally, and when the Spanish came they intermarried creating the Mestizos. The English came and intermarried with the Carib slaves creating the Creole. Then there are the Garifuna who are African. Then the Mennonites and Amish. And what’s crazy is now the Chinese are here and have taken over all the grocery stores!

We got back to Millers Landing, Home, Sweet Home!  We had a refreshing swim and time to read.

 

Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

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