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Hello from Central America [Feb. 17th, 2009|05:21 pm]
Lanette
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I'm typing from a computer where I can see the Ocean in Belize and today I went up the Monkey River on a very exciting (but sweaty) jungle tour. I got some video of the monkeys howling and we saw fresh jaguar prints, many monkeys and birds as well as crocs, turtles, a jesus lizard (who walks on water), a HUGE boa constrictor and manatees. Today we enjoyed the local specialty of a seaweed milkshake. Personally, next time I'll try the tropical fruit, but it wasn't bad. Hey, the sign said, "Feel de power of de sea." Umm yeah.

On the way to Placencia as for the first time in my life I was in a teeny Sesna(sp?) plane. It was so fun I had total perma grin. Average temp here in Belize is 85 F and we are staying in a place without Air Conditioning. It's pretty remote to say the least. Usually rock hard and sweaty sounds good, but when you are talking a rock hard bed and sweaty sheets without any blankets, less hot. I have no idea how all of the locals have so many kids. I don't want anybody considering touching me. Ewww icky sweaty. The book we have says, "Travel like to locals, see the best Belize has to offer." It should say, p.s. The locals are way tougher than you, you wimps! The ocean is nice and we have yet to snorkel, but I think that it will be a serious treat as that is one reason we are here. I tell you this much, it's no freaking Isla Mujeres, although you wouldn't know it from the jacked up prices. The first night I looked for another hotel feeling ours was a hellhole, but by the next day I was feeling better and had gotten used to the temp a bit more. Just about when I thought I'd lose my mind if we didn't get a better place we got another room that is a step up, a little beach cabana and it's so much cooler and we found the grocery store so I'm more caffeinated (a.k.a. less Diet Coke withdrawal), so the b*tch reduction plan is in full effect.

I've never been more broke, worried, or concerned for the upcoming year as I am right now, yet it's all on hold. I'm ideally relaxed and entirely a world away. The doctor could not have ordered a better vacation time. I've done all I can to secure finances for now, and when I get home the troubles will be awaiting me again, for now it feels nice to have my biggest problem of the day be a jungle storm that DRENCHED us on our way back from Monkey River almost taking out my camera with it and making me look like I peed my pants for half of the day. You'll be thrilled to know that we've caught no malaria or dengue fever despite our jungle adventure, and other predators have been kept at bay by my icy glares in bars and thatched diners despite my friendly and chesty mother and a few elderly gentlemen wanting to know why her husband wasn't traveling with us.



Well then, that's it for the good old intenet cafe as I need to wash some bugspray out of my hair. So far, so good on the sunscreen. Not burned yet. Hope life goes well back in the real world. Not looking forward to coming back yet, but I'm glad I don't live here. Bless the USA with all of it's stresses, good and bad. It's still my home.
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[User Picture]From: romperwebby
2009-02-17 11:38 pm (UTC)
wow - have fun! cant wait to see pics!

we didnt get to see Isla Mujeres on our honeymoon. our boat trip got cancelled cuz of rough seas
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-18 03:17 pm (UTC)
We were in torrential downpour on the boat ride back. It was insane! Isla Mujeres is by far the best Ocean beach for swimming I've ever been to, and I've travelled many places, so you missed out. We don't even bother with Cancun, we go straight to Isla Mujeres. It's the only beach we've loved enough to go to 2 years straight and no other beach compares even though Placencia is "the best beach in all of Belize" it's by far no Isla Mujeres.
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[User Picture]From: romperwebby
2009-02-18 03:42 pm (UTC)
we had such a great time at our all inclusive resort in Playa Mujeres - maybe we'll have to go back and check the island out!
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[User Picture]From: stephanieanne
2009-02-18 12:01 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see pictures, either!!

I totally pictured Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid telling you to "taste de power of de sea.":D
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-18 03:18 pm (UTC)
I have got some awesome pictures of many jungle animals which is really the special part of Belize because you can't see monkeys just anywhere. The beach is nice, yes, but you'll see from the photos it's just not as perfect as Isla Mujeres was. I think I'm ruined for all other beaches for life due to Isla Mujeres.
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[User Picture]From: xantha
2009-02-18 12:18 am (UTC)
Cessna, btw. glad you are having a great trip so far!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-18 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We are both really looking forward to the Cessna ride back too! The landings and takeoffs are exciting and the runways short tiny dirt airstrips cut out of the jungle. It truly appears you are about to crash each time you land and none of the seats are secured taht well in the planes which also double as cargo planes.
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[User Picture]From: circumspectly
2009-02-18 03:32 am (UTC)
Please take lots of pictures, so I can live vicariously through you! I think I could use a vacation in a nice, warm locale. *want*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-18 03:20 pm (UTC)
It's plenty hot, so you'll enjoy the sweaty jungle photo I took. Ha! Wearing makeup is pointless, so you'll get to see lots of pale in the pics. :)
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[User Picture]From: dkstwin
2009-02-18 04:35 am (UTC)
Think of me at least once while looking at the ocean...please...no vacations for me in the foreseeable future.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-18 03:21 pm (UTC)
That will be tonight for sure! It's beautiful and there is a hammock on the porch. I'll get my Mom to take a photo of me in the hammock looking at the sea later. We just got some fruit from the local fruit stand, so that will be good later. I'm eating terribly out here.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-02-18 05:57 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your vacation and don't even THINK about real-life stuff!
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