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Sunday, July 28, 2002

 

Back from Belize



Ah, Belize. A third world country on training wheels, as everyone speaks english. (it's a former British colony, turned into a nation in 1981) 90+ degree heat, cooling breezes off of the Gulf, clear water, wonderful food. Great diving. A totally relaxing atmosphere. I wish I could go back.

When I got to San Pedro, I was greeted by happy people, a drink, and a series of broken computers at the resort (Journey's End). I got comped a night and a massage for fixing their computers, which gave way to a wonderful fantasy of basically touring the island, fixing computer after computer, staying a night at each resort, and then moving on. The environment is so, well, corrosive, that I could spend six months moving from resort to resort, fixing things, and then when I was done, move back to the top of the island and go on.

San Pedro was kind of intense. You know, dive, swim, snorkle, eat, drink, listen to music, dance, sleep, and start all over again each day. By the time the week was out, I was slowed down enough from working in california to move inland, where I slowed down some more at the Chaa Creek Spa and got hopelessly self indulgent. Had two massages in one day, that was wonderful. Went for a 5 hour canoe trip down the macal river, totally alone with nature. The highlight of the trip was a trip to the cave of the crystal maiden - a day long expidition into the history of the Maya, deep within a mountain, trudging and swimming through the cave, walking among mayan relics, and skeletons of men, women and children sacrificed to the gods in hope of rain.

I came within a heartbeat of chucking the california rat race and settling in there. As it is, I'm hoping to get some people together to buy a small resort and just visit and run it on a couple month per year basis. I know where I'm going to retire now, I just don't know when.



 
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