Cahal Pech Resort, Cayo
Belize COS 2013
Right after the conference I was literally only home for two days to just pack and prep last minute things for our four-day Ruta Maya Canoe Race across Belize (170 miles!). Taylor a fellow PCV from Camalote, and Joe, a RPCV from Guatemala were on the mixed team, called San Isidro Warriors! Day 1 was 49 miles, Day 2 was 60 miles, Day 3 was 36 miles and Day 4 was 24 miles! It was tough, long and tiresome, but overall a complete blast! We camped along the river with many other teams in the race and enjoyed every minute of the race. The race ended on March 11, the day before my birthday!
First Camp site in Banana Bank
Team San Isidro Warriors!
Getting ready to start the last day...
Many of teams getting ready...
So, the next day I woke up sore and exhausted and took my sore arms to Santa Martha Village to deliver a mini-fridge to the preschool and have lunch with my host mom out there, Ms. Miriam. She is the BEST! We all had homemade corn tortillas with relleno and cake! Then after a very filling lunch we ended up going out to their Milpa and drinking fresh coconut water from their trees and taking that home along with some bananas, cassava, plantains, and cymito (fruit). Then I had to rush back to town to start an adult computer class at the town library. I know, I know it was my birthday, but I had to be there! After, my friends made a nice homemade mac & cheese dinner and peanut butter pie and watch a movie! It was a great bday! J But, since some friends couldn’t come up during that week, we all decided to go out that following weekend for a St. Patty’s/Bday! And of course we danced the night away as usual!!
The following weekend I went to visit the principal out at Gallon Jug, one of the farthest villages in the OW district. I got to check out the school, the land, all the products Gallon Jug produces because the entire property is owned by Bowen & Bowen, who own Belikin and many other products. We got to go swimming at the resorts pool and eat awesome food and also swim at the cascada, this beautiful watering hole! And without a doubt “IF” I was to live in Belize I would live in Gallon Jug!
the school, loft and stables and mahogany tree
gorgeous views and sunsets
trail to the cascada
Easter Break started the following this weekend, so the office has been extremely slow the past couple weeks, which has been nice to catch up on work, projects, organizing my life, and prepping for my SE Asia trip in July! On Easter weekend my friends, Ellen and Mallory B. ended up buying out tickets to Vietnam to start our 6 week adventure across Asia! Of course after we purchased our tickets it was time to celebrate the Easter weekend right down in Placencia by the sea; relaxing, swimming, dancing, and eating good food too!
With my service quickly coming to an end – 2 months!! I have a lot of paperwork to get done, interviews, site visits and medical testing to get through the next month or so. And I also plan on getting through a few more things on my Belize Bucket List! J Miss you all and be catching you all on the flipside…!! Xoxo
The END is NEAR! Yeeaaahhhh!!