Monkey River and Karaoke

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This is me swatting a mosquito before our jungle hike on Monkey River.

Well, I learned something about TravBuddy today.  Do not try to tell your travel blog that you've stayed in one place for 3 days, for example from June 8-11, 2006.  If you try to do this, TravBuddy will not load your carefully composed and rather lengthy entry.  It will be deleted instead.  Twice.

We were in Placencia, which is a town on a sandy peninsula in southern Belize, from June 8th to the 11th.  We arrived at night in time to get a place to sleep and a bite to eat, and to discover, upon returning from the restaurant, that we were sharing our room with a few other occupants (a family of cockroaches).  I thought I took this development much better than expected, though I did make Beau kill the one who had the audacity to climb the bathroom wall on the 2nd night.

Ivar wrangling a blue crab for me.
  

The first day we walked around and spent a few hours watching the Costa Rica/Germany game and another few hours avoiding a rainstorm in the internet cafe.  Mostly uneventful, excepting the above-mentioned cockroach incident. 

Day 2 we went on a boat tour of Monkey River.  We saw all the promised wildlife:  a croc, various birds, huge iguanas, the "jesus" lizard (because it can run on water), turtles, blue crabs, a troop of howler monkeys, and dolphins and manatees on our way to the river.  Sadly, no jaguars, though our guide Ivar claimed to have seen one only two weeks before, swimming across the river.  We stopped to do a jungle hike to root out the howler monkeys.

This one is pretty small compared to some others we saw. They were everywhere on the trails.
  Clouds of mosquitos would not be an exaggeration.  Ivar showed us the howler monkeys, though he failed to warn me about the freaking huge black spider in a web just above my head and to the left as I looked into the trees.  And then he laughed at me when I pointed the "huge" spider out to Beau. He claimed it was quite small.  After that I didn't really look up anymore to avoid finding out what a medium sized spider would look like.   

After Monkey River we checked out a few happy hours and found out about a karaoke night mostly frequented by locals.  I tried to bribe Beau into singing "Your Body is a Wonderland" by John Mayer, but the lack of proper video recording equipment was a major drawback regarding how much I was willing to pay.  Also, the crowd wasn't really right for a humorous send-up of the singer/songwriter genre.  Listening to music in Belize, when it isn't reggae which I like, is like listening to the syndicated radio show Delilah.  They love the sad love song.  I will admit to enjoying some of the hits myself, but at Saturday night karaoke, they're kind of a buzz kill.

amitche1 says:
Since when do you like reggae? I call you out on this nonsense. the spider knows, and he was just trying to give you the willies for your lies.
Posted on: Jun 14, 2006
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