So definitely no paradise here in Belize. Parts of it seem sketchy to me but maybe I’m getting old. Spent on night in Hopkins which I was expecting to be laid back and hippy but instead was shifty and run down. When I asked the crazy lady at the guesthouse why she chose Hopkins to settle down she said it was an after death experience. Hard to argue with that kind of crazy.
When others in the village found out I was staying with crazy lady, they all gave this look and told me if I didn’t like it I should try the funky dodo this other guesthouse on the strip.
I seriously have no idea what the appeal of Hopkins is. I got out of there as soon as I could. I’m now in st Ignacio which has more tourist infrastructure and lots of outdoor activities. I met a local tour guide who took me to the local ruins at the top of the hill and to see a beautiful river with iguanas in the trees. He knows a lot about the local fauna and was getting me to taste various leaves etc and telling me the healing properties of others. We saw some small parakeets in the trees and a lovely bird I need to look up when I get home.
It sure would be nice to have some company right now. Feeling lonely :-(
How is St Ignacio? A little more calm than Hopkins which sounded very different than you had hoped. Oh well.
Enjoy Tikal and then the soltice.. I think you will meet lots of people in the next few days.
St Ignacio is better than Hopkins but still has an edgy vibe. It really helps when I’m with other people. There’s a nice central restaurant/tour operation where I’ve mets some good people and not so nice locals haha. There’s a toothless old rasta drummer who keeps trying to talk to me but I’m ignoring him.
Hey, Beth, hope you’re over the lonelies by now. Hopkins sounds a downer. The UCOM party was fun as usual. BK came late and left early. The waitress dropped a whole tray of beers, dousing Mark and sprinkling Val. Hey, good news about Maria, eh? Patty’s mum has signed papers to move into Parkwood on Feb 1. We had a couple minutes of falling snowflakes today. Pretty quiet at the office. Your pal, Robie.
Hey Robie thanks for the update! Hope you had a nice lunch. Sounds like it was very exciting. see u soon.