To Belize City

Published: October 1st 2017
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Geo: 17.5008, -88.1918

When the alarm went off at 3:45am, I had actually been lying awake for seven minutes or so. We upped, dressed, had a quick bowl of cereal, let the dog out (poor Gru Gru), then set off for the airport at 4:15am. No traffic (surprise!). Park n fly -- easy. No line at check-in. Waited for two people at security. Flight to Dallas on time. Lunch at DFW; flight to Belize City also on time.

Tropic air felt good. Bit of a storm brewing, so strong wind. Through immigration, easy customs (though we were asked what was in our bags). Got our car rental and directions to hotel. Brief rainstorm, then clear.

The Radisson is on the point, looking out to the sea. Breezy. Short swim in pool near our room. Bought cappuccinos at coffee bar, then strolled around point. Small park with light house.

Every house from the airport in and all around the hotel had bars on the windows. The hotel had high walls and razor wire on top, plus two security guards. Not to the sort of sight to inspire confidence for wandering around deserted streets after dark.

Back towards hotel; decided to dine in the hotel restaurant as it was the only thing on the point. Very nice interior courtyard with fountains and lights in the trees. I had Jamaica chicken -- delish.

Belize clearly thinks of itself as a Caribbean country -- everything, at least around Belize City, looks and feels like a Carib island -- brightly painted houses, Caribbean food, English spoken everything, though the natives speak a Creole-like language, I believe.

After dinner, went to the other pool at hotel -- the main one, with a bar. Kids swam while Paul and I each had a seabreeze -- while enjoying the sea breeze. Stayed until bar closed at 10pm. Back to room, finished The Razor's Edge. Then sleep.


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