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More marching and drumming
02 April 2009
Our first excursion was to get Erin out to the beautiful island of Caye Caulker for a day of relaxing by the Caribe Sea and enjoying some tropical sun. We took the girl who really doesn’t like the heat right into the hot hot sun that day, but we found a wonderful palm tree under which to lay and read and relax; it was perfect. We walked around and ate delicious cinnamon buns from the bakery and later had a nice, long lunch at The Sandbox. The rest of the day involved more relaxing in the shade of the palm trees before returning to the city and resting for our next day of exploring Belize on the fast track.
The palm tree that provided us a nice, cool place to relax by the sea
We found it quite fascinating that the ancient Maya liked Pringles.... hmm
Tuesday was another fun-filled day with a trip to the Belize Zoo! I knew Erin had to see the zoo because it’s so fabulous and she works with animals. We really took our time to see all the animals and as we were walking we began to hear the Howler Monkeys. Erin’s face was priceless when she first heard the sounds and looked at me like imminent doom was ahead of us. I said “That’s the Howler monkeys!” I’d been trying to explain their sound to her when we were at Xunantunich, but saying it sounds like something from Jurassic Park just doesn’t do justice to the reality of their monstrous bellows. We had to go right back to the Howler Monkey area to see what brought about this midday howling fiesta. We found two pair of monkeys on opposing areas in the trees just howling and making this barking noise back and forth. It was so interesting and went on for quite a while. This is the first time we were close enough to get good video of it so you can hear them, too (see the video at the end of the post). Isn’t it crazy?!?
I wanted to take Erin out to Belmopan and to visit the PC office, but Anthony had gone in for a meeting and let me know it was empty because the entire staff was at a meeting elsewhere. Instead, we decided to return to the city and spend some time downtown. We ended up on a mystery bus – I think it just stopped because two tourists were waiting, so we asked the driver if he was going to the city and he said yes. Then I needed to check on the price and he started with the actual $2 BZ and then said $2 US, but we cleared that right up and everyone was set for the $2 BZ price and we were off on a very quick ride on a school bus with redesigned tall seats (not good for trying to see and not be car sick) that randomly stopped once for 3 workers. We got off right by the terminal and helped the tourists find their way to the Caye Caulker Water Taxi and then picked up packages from the post office and got some fabric for the dress one of the teachers is making for me and for some coverings for furniture at the house. We then took a rather interesting bus ride home that involved some street racing with another city bus – I didn’t know they were in competition for fares, but evidently they are. I am pretty sure this was the highlight of the trip for Erin – she couldn’t stop talking about it!
Wednesday brought Erin’s last morning and we went over to YES so she was able to see my other project. We hung out with Vicky for a while chatting and Erin got to see where all the teen mom classes are held. We spent the rest of the morning hanging out and then made our way back up to the airport. It was sad to say goodbye, but we know we’ll see each other in a few months, so it was easier than the last time we parted for two years!
It was so much fun to share Belize with Erin and we are thankful to her for bringing us some Easter candy and treats and for being here with us for a few days. Lucky her, the hot season decided to hit hard right after she left! It was fairly cool while she was here (by our standards, I mean she was hot, but it wasn’t unbearable and she used the high-speed ceiling fan). So, have we inspired you to come for a visit? We love visitors and you will love Belize!
Check out the Howler Monkeys howling competition! It's a bit shaky, sorry, but this is really more for the sound of the monkeys - crazy, no true?