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Published: April 9th 2010
waterfalls in the jungle
Belize was nothing like I imagined it will be.........I LOVED it and stayed more days than planned. On my second day, I met Barry who introduced me to some wonderful people. Together we had fun in Belize, we had lunch in a house in the middle of the sea (the house has a swimming pool right in the middle of the sea -amazing, right?), the boys cooked and Kelly made the best pina coladas ever. The next day we visited San Pedro (that Island Madonna sang about - la Isla Bonita) with Barry as our guide.
I rode with Kelly & Pam (2 of the wonderful people Barry introduced me to) in a rented car to San Ignacio, we went to the market on the Guatemala side of the border and drove to Hopkins. While there, I took a day visit to Dangriga with Isabelle (another of the great people I was introduced to -she has a tour company in Hopkins, so if you need one will put you through) and I saw a Nigerian (yes I was HAPPY, after 8 months on the road, it felt good to see one of us), they had a Nigerian church and stores
that sell Nigerian movies (Nigerian movies are a big deal in Belize). It was sad to leave but definitely I will be going back - I loved everything about Belize and I stayed in a cool hostel right in front of the beach at Caye Caulker.
My first stop in Mexico was Tulum - the ruins are smaller but surrounded by the beach, which makes it a spectacular place to visit. Next to Merida - a beautiful city, there I took a tour to Chichen Itza, it is an okay ruins. The hostel I stayed in Merida is amazing - it had a swimming pool, girls only dorm and bathroom - I loved it. At the bus station for my bus to Palenque, I bummed into Adrian & Christof (the 2 Swiss I met in Panama & traveled with in Nicaragua). We stayed in an hotel in the jungle - it was awesome and Palenque is 'el máximo (the best)' ruins I have seen so far in Mexico - you can compare it to Tikal of Guatemala.
Then we went to San Critobal de las casas - a beautiful but VERY cold city, we couldn't find a hostel,
they were all full due to semana santa (Easter) however we ran into a woman that showed us to one - it was half the price of the average hostel and had the same amenities plus a VERY clean bathroom. I got sick while I was there, I bought a delicious fried plantain on the street with trigger an episode of diarrhea & vomiting - the Swiss boys took care of me. I also met with a girl from Couchsurfing (I had set up an account since last year but never used it), it was interesting, we went out for drinks and to the club and I will be using it more often now.
Now am at Oaxaca, equally beautiful but not as cold as San Cristobal. Today I went to yet another ruins with 2 girls from Holland - it was nice but small. Tonight I plan to party with a contact from Couchsurfing, wish me luck. Unfortunately, my pics from Belize, Tulum & Chichen Itza got erased from my camera. The only good thing is Pam took a lot of pictures from Belize so I can borrow some of hers.
Tomorrow I'll be off to Mexico
the Nigerian i saw
City and I'll be surfing on a couch (my first real experience from Couchsurfing), I'm excited.....Oh another good news, I got response from graduate schools - I got accepted to Cornell, NYU, UW & 2 other school in Europe, now am down to deciding between Cornell or NYU!!! I'll tell you about my Couchsurfing experience on the next blog - Adios..............
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