Alice’s Restaurant

April 11, 2007

Belize Highlights

Filed under: Day to Day Life — aliceaudrey @ 8:42 am

Wow!  What an experience.  It’s going to take a while for me to sort though my impressions and pass them along, but I’ll try to give you a general idea now.

First, I can’t believe I chased a shark.  More on that later.

I started with a cold, am apparently getting a cold now, got a horrendous sunburn, and won’t remember any of that in years to come.

We were very much the minority in Belize.  The only other whites I saw there were other tourists, and a few resort owners.  Mr. Al said he saw one in their army but I missed him.  Makes me wonder what happened to the English who colonized back when Belize was British Honduras.  We got stared at a lot, yet I never felt as though I were being intruded upon.

Mayans are short, often less than 4 feet tall.

Sea breezes are great.  Ziplines are fun.  Being on the go all the time lets you see more and keeps the kids from fighting as much, but a lot can be said for simply laying around on the beach with your laptop.

To get there we had to drive past snow.  To get back we had to drive past snow.  While there we sweatted buckets.  It seemed both strange and natural that I should experience both in a matter of days.

Curly hair, of my variety, turns into an afro when confronted by high heat and humidity.  Thank God, or a clever woman, for braids.

It’s hard to get my mind back into Suzie or Zack when I’ve been listening to Huckleberry Finn on tape.  When I close my eyes it isn’t a crash on the streets of Madison that I visualize but Adarondak chairs on white sand.  This Friday is going to be a challenge for me.



  1. You’re back!

    Sounds like you had fun!

    Comment by miladyinsanity — April 11, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

  2. Can’t wait to hear about you chasing a shark!

    I know when we were in Guatemala City, I felt very much in the minority, but never felt unsafe. . . not any more than I would feel in Chicago or NYC.

    And at 5’1″, I felt like a giant towering over some of the men we met! One of my sons is of Mayan descent, slight of build and short. He’s just barely holding his own as “big” brother to our baby, of hispanic heritage and who is often referred to as Suma Wrestler Baby!

    Comment by Ericka Scott — April 11, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

  3. Sounds like you were really busy! You’ll definitely have to explain the chasing a shark bit. I bet there’s a pretty good story there…


    Comment by Kelly — April 11, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

  4. I love that image of the Adirondack chairs. I actually have a painting in my family room of two white adirondack chairs on a wooden peer off of a lake. Nothing like it!!! So glad you had so much fun and yes, thank goodness for braids! 🙂

    Comment by Bev — April 12, 2007 @ 8:08 am

  5. Erika, I’d love to hear more about your sons.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — April 12, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  6. Mr. Al made me notice the chairs. He pointed out the incongruity of Adirondack in the carabean.


    who isn’t even going to try to correct the spelling in this reply.

    Comment by aliceaudrey — April 12, 2007 @ 8:47 am

  7. It’s wonderful to get a break from everyday life to rest not only the body but the mind too. And if it takes you awhile to readjust to normal, than it’s worth it, right?

    I’m just about to catch the shark story!


    Comment by Laurie — April 12, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

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