It's been a hectic 4-5 days and we are finally in beautiful Belize! I will start with where we left off:
Yasi - the Everglades was a great day trip. We got to see alligators, a crocodile, turtles, all kinds of birds and fish and manatee! Our guide mentioned to us as part of a short forest hike that we did, that when we see snakes, to not touch them and just admire them closely. EXCUSE ME? Snakes? Don't worry lady, I'm planning on going as far as possible when you spot a snake. Apparently my reaction was not typical for her, but I don't care. We ended our tour with a nice relaxing kayak trip which I paid for with the pain in my shoulders and back for days. Also, in our last day, I convinced Andrew to join me in my free private yoga class provided by the check in guy!! It was fun but I was covered in mosquito bites :(
Andrew - We stayed at a hostel just outside of the glades which was a pretty big hippie hang out. Which was quite a change from the other places we had stayed at. There was room to camp in the back garden with many long term guests staying there including a girl who was constantly walking around in circles, chain smoking and mumbling to herself. She always wore a slight smile, like she knew a secret no one else did. Quite frankly, I didn't want to find out what the secret was.
Yasi - The drive down through the Florida keys was beautiful. We were surrounded by water on both sides, going over many many bridges that connect each key, the longest one is called the "seven mile bridge" and I assume it's 7 miles long! Murray, I remembered you telling me about your drive down here, take a look at the pictures and tell me if it's still the same. I love Key West. It's the perfect combination of Cuban, French and Gay! The music is great, the food is amazing, the sights are beautiful, it's just a gem. It's classy yet not snobby, cool yet not overdone. I wouldn't mind owning a vacation home here :D
Andrew - As Yasi mentioned, the drive through the keys was reall picturesque. On our way down we stopped at a public beach which was packed for the easter weekend. On our way back to Miami we found a great spot right off the side of the highway where I went for a swim and we both suntaned. It was a little loud with traffic passing close by but since easter was over, there was almost no one there. The place we stayed at in Key West was run by a lovely Parisian couple in the French part of town. We asked them what brought them to Key West and they replied, "The weather!". The grass is always greener on the other side. even coming from Paris!
Yasi - which takes us to where we currently are: Belize. The trek here was a bit hectic. We got lucky to already be in Miami so the flight was a short 2 hours, but a cramped water taxi and a very bumpy taxi ride took another 4 hours, so we were exhausted. Day 1 has been walking around, basking in the sun and exploring the island, we will leave the more adventurous stuff for a day or two from now. just so you get an idea though, when we wole up this morning at 6:30 am, it was already around 25 degrees, ad its been a humid day. I dont even want to know how it is in July/August!!
Andrew - Belize so far is interesting, it's a developing tourist destination so prices are cheap but services and infrastructure need to catch up. We are on Ambergris Caye at the moment which has a few paved roads that are plied by circa 1990 Toyota Previas (the type of car I used to drive!) and golf carts. That's right, the vehicle of choice here is a golf cart. We spotted a couple of tourist kids getting their first driving lessons on these golf carts as their parents coaxed them on. I think my first driving experience was in a parking lot in Toronto. These kids are learning on a tropical island, nice.