After the Zoo we quickly escaped the city and headed to an Island called Caye Caulker. It was this journey that showed another way in which Belize is so totally different to Guatemala. In the ferry "terminal", we had to buy a ticket at an actual desk from a person in uniform, then we were asked to check in our luggage, and wait in the departures lounge and relax by watching the new on the LCD TV until the boat was ready!! It was like a baby airport...and everything was so clean and shiny and all the employees were in matching T-shirts! I have found that I can quite happily adapt to the relaxed, no plans "mañana mañana" approach to life, but I really did feel like I had landed on my feet, back in my world of lists and timetables!
With my organised blanket safely wrapped around me again we sped off to the island (in a boat that didn't feel like it would break into tiny pieces if it hit a wave to fast...always a possibility in Guatemala!!). Caye Caulker was everything people said it would be and we could feel the stress and tension of the city just wash away. The water is crystal clea turquoise, the streets are made of sand, there are no cars (only golf buggies and bikes), and the people are unbelievably nice. Caribbean people are born with a cool gene that the rest of us miss out on, and it just makes for a very happy, laid back environment. We could even walk past all the market stalls and not get hassled! In fact, on the odd occasion we did actually want to buy something, we had to go hunting for the proprietor as he or she had nipped off for a sneaky nap in a hammock...love it!
We plan to do a snorkelling trip, but other than that the plan is to chill, swim, read and eat fabulous Caribbean food!!