We laughed so hard
Grab a glass of wine and get comfortable, I may have you here for a few minutes :)
We stayed in a home right outside of Hopkins, a small fishing village on the eastern coast. In order to get there, we hopped on one of these:
Our first introduction to Belize:
15 minutes later we arrived in another town, then had a 40 minute ride to Hopkins. We had decided early on that we didn't want to be stuck in a resort somewhere - we wanted to explore the country with free reign.
We ended up becoming great friends with the Belizean family who cared for the home as their full time work. We spent a lot of time with them throughout the two weeks...more on that later.
So how did we spend all of our time, you ask? Well I mentioned here that Kyle is Mr. Busy Pants when it comes to vacation- he wants to go, go, go and do everything possible. I, on the other hand, need a good balance between busy and laying-in-the-sun-bliss. I will say Kyle won this disagreement most of the time, but the one day we did lay out was sensational.
The first few days we went on some adventures.
I learned I can't keep up with my husband in paddling,
BUT, I also learned I can out-fish him. GASP! He will be rolling his eyes reading this, and his friends will surely make fun of him. But I only speak the truth:
My barracudas were bigger than his. What can I say.
In return, they took Kyle spear fishing. At night, in a river. That's way more legit than my sea fishing. I definitely didn't have the guts to even go with them. I waited at the condo and prayed he would return safely (but, seriously :)
Each time we went out on the reef, we ended with buckets like this of our catch:
Which was excellent, since we only were able to eat a sliver of that, and give the rest away. It made for a few nice nights with our Belizean family, learning their fish recipes and having dinner around the table- complete with homemade tortillas, sweet potato fries and fresh fruit from the trees.
at Xunantunich, at the border of Guatemala and Belize.
Then we climbed to the top,
and enjoyed a gorgeous view of other ruins, cities and the Guatemala border
As nerve-racking as it was to stand at the top and blow with the wind, it did dry out sweat from the hot weather (did I mention, it was SO, SO hot there!!)