Good news. I made it back to El Salvador. It’s quite the achievement when you consider the fact thatI had to cross the Belize border, get on a ferry to Guatemala, cross the border into Guatemala, drive through Guatemala, then cross the border from Guatemala into El Salvador.
I’m sure this seems very complicated, but trust me, this was actually the easiest way to do things.
So, on to the rest of my time in Belize. I believe (note: I have typed belize now before I typed believe 4 times, can’t shake the puns) the last update was after making the trek to Lydia’s in Placencia.
So we spent the next day in Placencia as well. It was Halloween as well as let’s-relax-because-yesterday-we-were-running-all-over-the-place day. I don’t know if I had mentioned this before, but up until that morning, I had not eaten very many fruits and vegetables. We were living on a budget in Belize and food was considered more of a luxury. Not to say that I didn’t eat, but I did bring a considerable amount of food in my reusable World Market (shout out!) bag. But just in general, Belize doesn’t seem to be too big on fruits and veggies. Knowing this, you could imagine my excitement when I was strolling down the street (yes, there was actually only one) of Placencia and I saw a fresh fruit and vegetable market.
While most people were eating candy on halloween, I was munching on some delectable fruits. I actually bought a large bag full. It was heaven.
Besides that the day included laying on the beach, going to a Belizean thrift store, making a dinner of eggs, peppers, onions, and some beans on the side in the community kitchen offered at the Hostel we were at.
Next up was San Miguel and the Back-a Bush guesthouse. This was a very different side of Belize. The house is owned by a Dutch couple who wanted to give travelers a cheap way to see a different side of Belize. It certainly lived up to it’s name.
It started out with the awkward situation of the house being under construction so we technically didn’t have a place to stay when we got there. But there were mattresses, and some tents we could use, so we ended up camping on the farm that surrounds the property. So we crammed 3 people in a 2 person tent.
You could say it was cozy.
You could also say it was like sleeping in a sauna.
Keeping in mind that we were sleeping on a farm….the food was AMAZING! More fruits and vegetables for my very eager stomach. To be completely honest, I could talk about food for just about forever. I’ve considered making this blog entirely devoted to food, but that just wouldn’t be enough about El Salvador.
So back to a quick recap of what we ate:
1. Peanut satay sauce, sauteed veggies (eggplant, carrots, onions, all kinds of stuff), some omlette-ish eggs, white rice, baked bananas with cinnamon, fresh lime juice, really tasty coffee.
2. homemade sunflower bread, butter, jam, some peanut butter, eggs cooked with chaya (same family as spinach) tomatoes and onions, fry jacks (think homemade flour tortilla but fried a little), more cofffee, papaya, and fresh lime juice.
3. Rotini pasta cooked with tomatoes, chaya, carrots, other tasty things.
I was so excited for all of this food I actually forgot the specifics of it. Al I know is that it was the best food we had eaten, and in the largest quantities, over the entire trip.
But other than eating we also walked around the town, played with the owner’s puppies , went to some mayan ruins (the one where they found the crystal skull), saw the Earth ship (a house they are building using cement, glass bottles, and tires), and enjoyed the scenery in the rain. It was an excellent break from the tourist town of Placencia (although Placencia was beautiful).
And here I am again, writing on and on and seeming to be leaving out important parts, but not wanting to write a novel/not having ample time and internet access to do so. It’s a vicious cycle.
But I will say this. Belize is awesome. the culture is like a huge mix of Creole and Indigenous and somehow some Chinese got in there too and it’s so diverse. The bus system is easy to navigate, it’s safe to take at night, the food is awesome, the people are carefree (sometimes a little odd), traveling in and out of the country are more expensive than being in the country itself, and tourist season normally starts at the end of November. We really had an adventure by traveling there when it wasn’t tourist season and also in Southern Belize, which is not usually the hip-and-happening place with the tourists.
But hey, all 11 of us made it. It’s taken me way too long to write this because there are so many things to say and so much food to talk about but I just can’t fit it all in one post. I blame this mostly on the fact that I no longer have internet access 24/7. It’s certainly a blessing anad a curse. And now I’ll just end by saying that sooner or later I will have pictures up, it’s a bit of an abrupt ending but there’s really no other way to do it without launching into another elaborate story.