We haven't updated the blog for a few days because we have been loafing about on beaches in sunny Belize. Penny has spent some time diving in and around the Southern Barrier Reef along Belize coastline. She had a great time and spent some of her first dive and all of her second dive surrounded by playful dolphins. She also saw big turtles, lobster, stingray etc. etc. meanwhile Darryl got in some serious hammock action on the beach. The trip to Hopkins Beach Belize from Guatemala was pretty straightforward. Four buses driven by the usual collection of lunatics but we arrived in one piece.
We met some new friends in Belize including Jason and Christine from Yellowknife, northern Canada. Jason gave Darryl a book on how to defend himself from zombies. Meanwhile Penny met an American couple who were surprised to find the British government were doing nothing about our cropcircle epidemic and the aliens that were undoubtedly causing the problem. The locals were very friendly but decidedly Caribbean (laid back) at all times. Nice to speak English for a few days!
Other fun things- we took a day trip out into the Belizean jungle- It took one bus trip and
five hitch hikes (Penny flagged down the lot) but we made it there and back. Unfortunately we didnt see any Jaguars which was the purpose of the trip but at least Penny survives for a little while longer. We did manage to have a dip in a waterfall- this time Darryl DID have his swimming trunks!
At Hopkins Beach we found some great local food (fresh fish, hot beans and rice). We also befriended J.J. who ran an Indian restaurant on the beach (very good curry!).
We then headed down south via a memorable bus journey with an overly friendly old drunk and a team of rastafarian drummers. We arrived at the town of Punta Gorda which was very laid back. We spent some time by the beach and had a fantastic canoe trip up the creek into the mangrove swamp an jungle! We saw some amazing birds (feathered variety) and we are now heading back to Guatemala to the famous Rio Dulce River before we catch our next flight to Ecuador....
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