Too Slow to Go
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Since we had planned to make the long day trip to Lamanai on Saturday, we reserved the 9th for another lazy day. We had originally thought about going to San Pedro, but really heard nothing redeeming about it. Most people lamented that it was an overdeveloped, overpriced tourist trap and that Caulker was much better. While I did want to see more of the country, I was enjoying the relaxed pace and was tired of rushing around. Mark agreed and we spent the day enjoying what islands offer the best: that "go slow" attitude and pace.
Truth be told, the day started off with rain. We imagined it was finally the downpour that we'd expected to see but hadn't yet.
We snacked on waffles with "Dutch cheese" and tortillas at a little shack a couple blocks away from the hotel. I wanted some good coffee and had passed by Cafe Amor which had been highly recommended, so we mosied down the street to have a second breakfast. We ran into the girls again--all of them. Ellen, Kathleen and Ellie were sitting at a table on the street level and Jacquie and Erin sat on the upper level. We grabbed the only table left, which was perfectly small enough to fit us both and our mugs of coffee. We also ordered a grilled cheese with pineapple as a supplement to the previous food intake.
Mark went to get a haircut at the local barber, George. Nicknamed "Georgy Porgy," his "shop" consisted of nothing but a chair on the cement porch outside his house, right in the open. While Mark got his ears lowered, I went to the post office and purchased some postage stamps and mailed a letter. I also went to a grocery store and grabbed some bottled water and a few souvenir sized hot sauce bottles and a tiny jar of honey. Mark was still getting the haircut, but when we was done it looked pretty good. I think the cost was less than $5 but it was a much better cut than you'd expect.
It was a truly lazy day the rest of the afternoon. We still didn't quite make it to the beach, but we did go back for more massages.
Eva explained to me that I might feel an overwhelming sensation of emotions, such as sadness. This could even make me cry, but it really depends on the circumstances in my life and who I have interacted with. It was all fascinating. I asked how often one should have their aura cleansed. Again, she said it depends on how frequently you interact with negative energy, but a good average is once a year.
We walked back to the hotel to shower. All the way, I was wondering if I would suddenly break down in tears during dinner or have some kind of emotional collapse, but it wasn't so bad. I did feel light and airy, and much more clear-headed. I tried to take her advice about the alcohol, and although I didn't overdo it, I did not abstain entirely.
For dinner, we went to another street food location just a block from our hotel. I believe the place was known as "Big Daddy's" for the enormous man who cooked the food and beckoned to passersby to come eat.
The special included a small lobster, mashed potatoes, rice & vegetables, garlic toast and a couple rum punches...all for about $12.50 US. But they also had another special that was grilled barracuda and all the sides for $20 BZ, so I got that since I'd already had lobster and knew I'd be tasting some of Mark's. Everything was delicious, and I was pleased about my selection.
While we were eating, I saw a blue crab scurrying across the sand next to me. At one point, I had to lift my legs onto the seat to escape an accidental snap by his claws. We saw several crabs just crawling around everywhere, as if they were cockroaches or other common critter. They have spider-like tendencies but yet don't really get to me like a real spider would.
Later in the night we found the self-dubbed Cake Lady. And she was a hoot, not to mention an excellent cook. We tried a piece of the chocolate coconut pie, which was literally to die for. Well, actually not, because I would want to live to have another piece! Thus ended a nice, lazy day. I made it through without incident, but the aura cleansing was definitely a refreshing treat.