I am behind in the blog and loosing track of what day is what! Oh how hard it is being on holiday....
So Gin and I left Guatemala on the so called "ferry" to Belize. The "ferry" was a tiny speed boat seating about 10 of us. It was a little sad saying goodbye to Guatemala as I absolutely loved my time there. We got off the boat at Punta Gorda in Belize and customs was a breeze. After a quick breakfast we got on the chicken bus and headed to Placencia ...a little fishing village on the coast. I had a military guy sitting on the seat opposite me on the bus who I was chatting to...I got a little annoyed when he decided to actually sit on my seat so I could hardly move and ask me if I was married, had a boyfriend etc etc ....I eventually had to ask him to move!
At Placencia we caught another boat through the mangroves to the village....already staring to realise how expensive Belize was going to be - the 15 minute boat ride was US$10. We wandered the streets of Placencia in search of accommodation and met a really nice guy who put us in touch with a friend and we got a great room for a good price. My idea of "great" has changed somewhat over the months...and a very basic room with bathroom and WOW, hot water was such luxury. But still no toilet paper allowed down the toilet!
As with everywhere else, Belize has had loads of rain, so the streets ...if you can call them that, more like pathways in Placencia where flooded...so getting to our room meant wading through water, balancing on thin planks and scaling fences! All fun! Gin and I decided to go to the dock to see if we could hitch a ride on a boat up to the Northern Cayes as the idea of buses was not overly appealing. We met one American guy who was happy to take us on his massive yacht but we would need to wait 4 days which was not an option for Gin unfortunately. We even had the local guy at the service station ringing around for us...but in the end unfortunately we had no luck.
I quickly realised Belize is very very different to Guatemala the people speak mostly English or Creole - so there goes all my practicing of Spanish. They are true Caribbean people - all LOVE Bob Marley...in fact Bob Marley is played all the time everywhere ...try a long bus ride with Bob Marley blaring out for hours on end...ha!ha! The men are very forward and friendly, but at the same time very funny.
After a day in Placencia and no joy hitching a ride on a boat, we caught a bus ...or rather 3 or 4 buses and about 3 boats to Caye Caulker up north.....next blog to follow......