So on our...fifth day?...in Belize, Nick and Kathleen had to leave, and we were sad. We went to breakfast at Amore Y's Cafe and then parted ways so they could pack and take off.
Ben and I decided to really just relax this day. This head cold I had was still really killing me (and I'm STILL coughing from it, a month later). We did a lot of reading and napping. Ben snorkeled around in the ocean in front of our hotel, which made Manuel, the proprietor, really nervous. He was certain that a boat would come by and chop Ben up. He asked me at one point to go out onto the dock and yell at Ben to stay within the dock areas.
Here are some pictures of the birds that live on the island. The first one is Kathleen's. It's a great picture of a pelican:
Here's the inside of the Cuban place:
There was this adorable pit bull that sat by us and begged for food. He wasn't aggressive about it at all. He just would sit and stare at us with these big, sad eyes:
And I was okay with that. I kept thinking back to China, where their traditional food was, like, sheep's brains and chicken stomachs. I was so glad that traditional Belizean food was something I could stomach.
I want to show you some pictures from around the town on Key Caulker to give you a feel for it (a ton of these are from Kathleen's blog).
This is Ben's favorite building on the island.
These are a bunch of backyards, all in a row:
There were, of course, gorgeous tropical flowers everywhere. Kathleen snapped this shot of a plumeria. It's her favorite flower. I'd say the plumeria and lilac are tied as my favorite flower.
"Your church's beliefs sound a lot like my church's beliefs," I said.
"What church do you go to?"
"I'm a Mormon."
"Mormon. Have you heard of the Mormons?"
"Well, have you heard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? That is our official name."
"Oh. Well, we're Christians. And we believe in all the things you believe in."
"Oh. Well, that's good."
And then she started telling me how much she hates the Jehovah's Witnesses. It was funny. I should have asked her how she felt about the Rastafarians.
While I was getting my pedicure, Ben was booking our guided snorkeling trip the next day to the reef, which is one mile east of Key Caulker, and the second-largest reef in the world, second only to the Great Barrier Reef. Just wait until you see tomorrow's post! So many AMAZING things we saw and got to interact with.
We went to Sandro's again that night for dinner. Best Italian food EVER. Here I am at Sandro's:
When we came home and were right at the bottom of our staircase, I almost stepped right on this guy: