Moving along..... knocking them off!

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Walk outside San Ignacio. Looking for river

Well... I did Belize... I did San Ignacio, I did Caye Cauker and I did Orange Walk.... I have to say that I have always been perplexed by that statement. From the numerous travelors I have met,  I am always surprised by the choice of words used to describe traveling..... Oh! Where were you before here? Oh, I did Tikal and before that I did Flores... You did it? Do you do something as well as someone? That's amazing! I never knew you could do a ruin? You can make a ruin if you did it? Well.... Something like that.

When speaking with Jenn while in Guatemala the first time, she asked me my plans for traveling.

Countryside outside San Ignacio
.. As I explained my route to Mexico, back to Guatemala so I can do Belize... She said slyly.... So... You're knocking them off, eh? Yes. I chose that route so I could do Belize from the south to the north. I did it... I could say, like a typical male, I didn't mess around with foreplay, got straight to the point of my business, which was doing it and got the hell out by dawn the next day... No coffee, no talking, no thinking about what I just did. I do one city for one night and quickly go on to do another.... That's the way I like to travel... I don't really have to make any real exchange, no unnecessary communication, no vested emotions, no ┬┤fond┬┤memories... I just go in, do it and get the hell out.... That's the way I like to role. And as I do each city and each country. I put a knotch in my belt.
Boat to Caye Cauker
... Often wondered about that... So by adding knothes to our belts do that mean we are expanding or contracting? Is what we just did adding to us or taking away.....

From the last couple of entries, it may seem that I have been really down on things. In some ways, yes and in most ways no. This year has been so significant on so many levels. I have grown tremendously. The things I have learned where far from what I thought I was going to learn. But that's how life is.

So, in sum. I did or I was in San Ignacio for two nights. Lucked out on two accounts. Belize is crazy expensive and the cheapest place I could find was $10 a night, I thought shit. I'm going to die. I am almost out of money and I stay much in Belize I am going to be totally out of money. If I had had money, I would have loved to have gone to do some caving near San Ignacio.

Beach, Caye Cauker
That is one fear that I want to conquer and caving is such a great way to force yourself from the fear of enclosed spaces. I didn't have the money. But just chilled out and read. I was there for two days, finished one book, read another, and started on a third..... In this whole year I have caught up on so many years missed of reading.... Some people go out and party. I stay in the hostal or go and find a river or lake where I can sit and read. There is something liberating and in parts, very restrictive about traveling without money. When you have tons of money, you can do almost anything to distract yourself and entertain yourself. When you have no money, you are forced to find happiness and diversion in the most simplist things. Finding a creek or river. Sitting in a park and having a few opportunities to chat with someone.
The chinese own everything in Belize.... Total china mafia thing going on there.

So, when I arrived in San Ignacio, there was this guy who looked like a typical bum standing on the side of the road.. He said you looking for a hotel, I got a hotel. I thought, sure you do... your bedroom perhaps. I smiled and continued walking. I walked to several places and all where so expensive. I wandered back and went inside this hotel. He was there and said this was his hotel... I had a bad feeling, but let him show me the dump. As I was waiting I heard voices in a room where the door was opened. I don't know what made me kind of wander past and peer inside. I am normally not that nosey. But I saw two police officers rereading a report that had just been filled out by a couple sitting on the bed opposite them. I just wanted to run.... I told him thanks so much and jetted.

River in Orange Walk
Went back and got one of the more expensive rooms. Hell is cheap, that's why it's so full.

I went looking for the falls and decided to walk there. Knew the road that led there and that was about it. Just wanted to walk and get some exercise. That proved to be a little more difficult than I thought. I was offered a ride by this guy in a construction truck. He so wanted to help, that I agreed and hoped in. Didn't make it to the falls, but did find the river and just chilled by the riverside for a while. So walking back, I was offered a ride by someone else. Nice chat also. He was Cuban and lived part of the year in Belize and part of the year in Miami. I thought if I were going to try and hitchhike, Belize would be the place. Rides were so easy to come by and I wasn't even trying. Nice chats though and really nice people.

So, I was there for two days and took off to Caye Cauker. As we were about 30 minutes from Belize it was pouring ran and was still pouring when we arrived at the terminal. I got a taxi to the water taxis and crossed over to the island. I was surely hoping that the weather was going to improve. It did clear up later in the day. But it was still cold and really windy. I walked around a bit and just stayed in. A tiny island completely built up with hotels, restaurants, bars, ect.... You could walk the island in 20 minutes.... I did the following morning and decided to leave. It was way expensive and it was cold and windy. Not worth staying for that price. I returned to Belize City and got the bus to Orange Walk. A waste. Unless you are going for the nearby Laminae ruins, Orange Walk is a total waste of time. I found the cheapest dump I could find and planned to leave the next day heading back to Mexico. In the evening I tried to read, but there was a couple spending a couple short hours together, making a lot of noise, so I left and wandered around until I thought they would be finished. They checked out a couple of hours later.... thank god.

Overall felt very safe in Belize except Belize City. But everywhere I went I was surprised by one single thing. Everywhere, from restaurants, to everysingle supermarket to departments stores. Almost everything was owned by Chinese. Those aggressive, mafia like Chinese...... what you wan... Thad be one dolla.... No joke, those guys are hard core and they practically own the country.... They were everywhere....

I spent most of my time just sitting by the river, reading and watching the water.... hoping that Mexico would be cheaper. I still hadn't decided where to go first.... but leaving for Mexico the next day...

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Walk outside San Ignacio. Looking …
Walk outside San Ignacio. Looking…
Countryside outside San Ignacio
Countryside outside San Ignacio
Boat to Caye Cauker
Boat to Caye Cauker
Beach, Caye Cauker
Beach, Caye Cauker
The chinese own everything in Beli…
The chinese own everything in Bel…
River in Orange Walk
River in Orange Walk
Orange Walk
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