Catching Up from Belize (February 2015)

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Catching Up from Belize (February 2015)

Hello all! Didn’t want you to get sick of hearing from me so I gave you a break! I left you Wednesday. On Thursday we got massages and had a pool day and had seaweed shakes. Supposed to be very healthy and fortunately, I could not detect the flavor of seaweed.

Friday we flew on a puddle jumper from Placencia to Belize City, and from there to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This island is adjacent to the Barrier Reef.  We can walk all along the beach a few miles to downtown San Pedro.

El Salvador food Belize pupusas


We had yummy pupusas for dinner which is a corn flour patty filled with beans and rice. They are El Salvadoran.

Saturday we went snorkeling again. We saw stingrays, a moray eel-amazing, as well as a nurse shark–which doesn’t hurt you although when I was alone with it I wondered. And THE FISH!! Gorgeous.

Golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation–pedestrians BEWARE!  We were warned before we arrived. Ambergris Caye is notorious for golf cart road rage. So, of course, we rented a golf cart to participate in the fun.

We went to church at a new meetinghouse built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was a heartwarming meeting.   Several of the locals shared their testimonies and we were touched by their faith.

Then we drove north on the island, then back to the residential area of San Pedro (squalid conditions?), and then south to a Mayan ruin site called Marco Gonzales. We walked through mangroves to the site but without a guide we couldn’t see much. We found pottery shards and remnants of their dwellings.
Now we’re having some reading time at the pool before deciding where to eat. The local food is really good and today we noticed everyone seems to be BBQing. So I have a hankering for BBQ.

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!