So Yasi and I have been very busy the last week or so which means the blog has been a little neglected. We are now in Monterray but before we talk about the US I'll finish off Belize.
We spent another couple days in Caye Caulker but moved to another "resort" up the beach for a change of scenery. I joked with Yasi that we would be staying in the "Honeymoon suite" which was the most expensive cabin on the beach. In this case, most expensive was $65/night! We even had AC which was a real treat. During the entire Belize trip I basically just wore a bathing suit. The slogan on Caye Caulker is: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem!
The highlight of Belize I think was our ziplining/cave tubing trip inland. We took a water taxi over to the mainland, met our guide and drove about 1.5hrs to Caves Branch. We started off with ziplining through the canopy in the jungle. Ziplining is quite an experience and we both had a great time. It felt great to just jump off a platform and be carried away. One of the employees at the park was very impressed with Yasi, when he found out she was born in Iran his eyes widened to the size of golf balls, like he had just seen a rare and exotic bird!
Cave tubing was.... awesome. We started with a short hike to the cave which was situated deep in the jungle with a river running through it. It wasn't busy at all, only a few other people were there. Our guide had told us that when the cruise ships call on Belize City, the place would be teeming with hundreds of tourists. As we swam/floated though the caves it seemed like we were on the hunt for some ancient Mayan treasure with strange noises, subterranean water falls and shimmering crystal rock formations throughout.
On our way back to Belize City I got into an interesting conversation with our guide, he was telling us about how much crime there is between rival gangs. I casually asked him if he keeps a gun in the car to which he responded that he carries one on him at all times!
We got back to the city, found a taxi to the airport and hopped on the plane to LA, but not before having a goodbye drink at Jet's Bar. Apparently it's been voted one of the top airport bars in the world. All in all, Belize was a great destination but not for the faint of heart. It's a developing country with lots of growing pains. As always with risk comes reward and we were rewarded with many fond memories.