Deja Vu - Xunantunich (Part II) & Back to Belize City

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jon crankin' the ferry across the mopan river to xunantunich

After drinking that many beers last night and sleeping so late i'm surprised that  1) I actually woke up on time at 6am, and 2) I didn't have a hangover!  haha.. not that I'm a lightweight or anything, I just don't usually drink that much beer, and again, i didn't eat dinner!!  I got ready, packed, DEET-ed myself, and went over to Martha's Guesthouse down the street where Brendan and Jon were staying.  uh... they weren't there - checked the lobby, then the cafe - no one.  The reception guy said they checked out and left a little bit ago.  DId they go to my place?  I walked back and there they were in front of the Casablanca - I have no idea how we didn't cross paths!  So off we go, back to Xunantunich.

jon, me, and brendan, at xunantunich

First stop - San Jose Succotz to catch the ferry across the Mopan River.  I told Jon and Brendan to give the hand-cranking a try - it was to do it again  =).  We then drove up to the site and bought our tickets.  I asked the guy from yesterday if I get a discount for coming twice in a row AND bringing 2 new people with me...  hmm..  no.  ok fine.  No one was at the site at all so I was totally the resident tour guide, haha.  I basically repeated everything the guy told us from 2 days ago when I was here.  "Do you know what those are? (pointing to the fruit of a strange tree as we walk up the hill)" Well, back in the days of the Maya, the local people used to... blah blah... and that's where we get (insert some process or product here) today!"  haha, it was fun playing guide, and after explaining the museum exhibits and all about the site, I let them go off on their own (oh how quickly they grow up! *tear*) to climb "El Castillo".

me and el castillo
  I was going to stay behind and sketch!  The weather was MUCH cooler today!  Too bad I didn't climb again, I could have showed them the incredible echo up there that the guide demonstrated last time - it seemed like the entire world could hear you from up there!  But I got a good sketch out of the time and I was happy  =).  We drove back onto the ferry, I cranked it back, and now we were on our way to Belize City.

On the way we stopped at a place Brendan and Jon heard about called Caesar's that had good gifts and handicrafts - I bought so much stuff, including some Punta Rock CD's that we were bumpin in the car all the way to the airport - cool music!  It was about 10:30 now, and we were getting hungry so we got some food at the restaurant at Caesar's - nachos and papaya milkshakes, yum - and played darts while we ate.

my turn crankin' the ferry!
  I was kinda full now, but I'm sure we'll still be hungry for some rice and beans with Richard!  We made it to his office by 12, and had about an hour to hang out and eat.  Amanda was there too, and another friend of Richard's that we met - I forget her name now, but she was really cool.  We all ate chicken, rice and stewed beans - really good!  I had enough rice and beans on this trip to last me a long time haha...  We each had our last Belikin with lunch, said goodbye, and headed to the airport at about 1pm. 

We hit a detour and got stuck in traffic but made it just time.  Weird, but it turned out that we were all on the same flight!  I thought I was going directly to LA, said nothing on my ticket or anywhere about a stopover in Miami.

brendan playing darts at caesar's, our stopover on the way to belize city
..   which means I go through customs in Miami.. which means my bags get checked directly to San Diego... which means I have a problem:  I was supposed to pick up my bags in LA at customs, and then ditch my flight and DRIVE to San Diego so I'd get there quicker!  Crap!  So anyway, we get in the huge line and finally make it to the counter.  Jon's conch shells weren't allowed in his carry-on and he had no room in has checked bag, so he gave them to me.  They were huge but I managed to fit 'em in.  Brendan, Jon and I had this running joke about "10-Belize" which is what I offered to pay them to drive me to Belize City haha.. so at the airport I handed Jon "10-Belize" (which was like 4 bucks)..   anyway... we get to security and they confiscate the Sharp's hot sauce I just bought because I'm an idiot and forgot to put the 'liquid' in my checked baggage.
more posing with a furry blanket!
.. dammit!  We boarded our flight and had some incredible views of Belize City when we took off and of Miami when we touched down! 

On the plane, I was thinking it would be cool to have had a stopover in Miami... but what happened next was NOT what I had in mind!!!

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