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Sunday 1st October 2006

You Better Belize it!

Our introduction to Belize was transferring from a Luxury Mexican Coach to an ancient ex-American school bus (they call them chicken buses) just before the Mexico-Belize border. The bus ride to Belize city was total mayhem, the bus seemed to be going around in circles and took forever to arrive in Belize city.

First impressions of Belize city ... dirty and scary! After a day there it was still dirty but turned out not to be as dangerous as it looked. Belize is a crazy country ... English is the primary language and the dollar there is indexed to the US dollar. Much more expensive than Mexico but still cheap. It had a mega Caribbean feel to it ie Reggae music, dreadlocks and chilled out people. Fried chicken seems to be the national dish and they must eat alot of it as there are heaps of Big Mummas around! The locals although speaking English could easily be mistaken for speaking an alien language!

The next day we headed to the island of Cay Caulker ... another island paradise!! It is famous for diving the Blue Hole! Unfortunately I didn´t dive it as I am saving the scuba for Honduras as it is the cheapest place in the world apparently! We met some German chicks and a Swedish bloke and went on a snorkeling trip to the nearby reef (the 2nd largest in the world next to the Great Barrier). It was an absolute highlight of the trip ... we swam with Nurse Sharks and touched huge Sting Rays. There was a moment when I thought about avenging Steve´s death by piercing a Ray´s heart with its own stinger ... but decided against it. Also saw some Barracudas, eels, lobster which was cool!

Back on the island I bumped into an Aussie mate, Dieter and his girlfriend which was pretty crazy. I knew he was in Central America somewhere but had no idea where so that was pretty coincidental! That night we got a good group going and ate freshly cooked fish and lobster from the BBQ ... beauty. The locals cracked some coconuts for us as we drank the coconut milk with some local rum ... good times.

One of the locals, Jacko, a nutbag and self proclaimed king of the island showed us some great Belizen hospitality and entertained us for the night! He taught us some of the local language ... Creel - a mix of Spanish and fast English. My favourite expression was "Congo with me", which translates to Come with me ... gold!

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