K'Dee's Adventures Travelling the world Part 2

K'Dee's Adventures Travelling the world Part 2

Hello again everyone. I’m back with my blog and this time round I thought I’d tell you all about my time in Belize.  Belize is a small country on the Carribbean coast, wedged between Guatemala and Mexico. They are part of the British Commonwealth so the country’s first language is actually english! Lots of Belizians were very excited when we told them we were English, it was always followed with ‘your Queen is our Queen!’. We crossed the border by foot, our first time doing so and it was much easier than we thought it would be and before we knew it we were heading to our first stop of San Pedro, an island off the mainland of Belize.  Unfortunately for most of the week we were staying here it rained, a lot! But it was still warm (by English standards). My parents asked me if I had acclimatised to hot weather yet and I think the answer is yes given I was cold in leggings, a jumper and a coat at 24 degrees celsius! Despite the rain we managed to fill our days with various (and sometimes very odd) acitivities. We’ll start with the strange.. one night, with no idea what to expect, we went to an event called ‘Chicken Drop bingo’. Turns out you are given a number which corresponds to a square on what is essentially a giant bingo board. Then a chicken is placed on the board and if it poos on your number, you win. We weren’t so lucky, but maybe we were in the end as the winner has to clean the board!  Belize is protected by a barrier reef, the second largest in the world in fact so no trip to the country is complete without a snorkel there. We chose to head out on Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be our one month travelling anniversary! Our first stop was the reef where we saw so much coral and wildlife. There were sea turtles, manta rays, octopus, clown fish and many many more, I felt like I was in Finding Nemo! Seeing a sea turtle was my favourite, he looked so peaceful. Our second stop was a place called ‘Shark Ray Alley’ which I’m sure you can guess what we would find there. Yes that’s right, sharks and stingrays! It earnt it’s name as when the fisherman would stop to clean their catch of the day, the sharks and rays would come to try and steal a meal! I sat on the side of the boat ready to jump in when I saw this huge black shadow in the water. I asked the captain what it was and ‘is it coral?’ to which he smiled and said yes. Turns out it was a big nurse shark! It was so cool to swim with these incredible animals. Luckily for us, they don’t eat people! Our third stop was back to the reef a bit further down the coast where we saw lots of colourful coral and a fish or two. Due to the rainy weather the sea was actually warmer than the air so it was a very cold sail back to shore.  The time came to leave San Pedro and catch a local boat to a smaller island called Caye Caulker. The name of the island was derived as a lot of sailors would land on the island with huge holes in their boats needing to be caulked as they had damaged them on the way through the reef. This island is split in two by the sea, imaginatively named ‘The Split’. A hurricane (Hattie) hit the island in 1961 which dredged up a lot of land in the middle of Caye Caulker. Local fisherman then decided to finish the job the hurricane started and create a gap so they could easily load and offload their catches during the day without having to sail right the way around the island!  We had a lot of fun in Caye Caulker. One day a local man called Lilo took us crocodile hunting. On the north side of the island is a huge croc that can often been seen swimming along the coast. We got up early one morning, jumped on some bikes and set off on the hunt. Within about 20 mins Lilo had led us right to him, basking in the 30 degree sun. He was so big and was really cool to see. On the ride back Lilo scaled a huge palm tree, knocked us down some coconuts and opened them right then and there with a piece of wood! Freshest coconut water I’ve ever drank and it was delicious! Another day we were told that outside a certain part of the beach, at 4pm everyday, hundreds of stingrays come to be fed! At around 3 we headed to the beach and had a chill in the hammocks and swings in the water. At about 4 on the dot we noticed sting rays all around us! It was a little scary as we all know the story of Steve Irwin but we were reassured that as long as we’re gentle, they will be too. It was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed! I even got to feed a couple some sardines. Stingrays are bottom feeders which means they have a flat mouth. For them to be able to eat I had to hold the sardine on my palm and they suck it right up! It felt really weird, like an old man with no teeth trying to eat off your hand, but it was super awesome. How many people can say they’ve fed a sting ray in the wild?! Our final stop in Belize was in a rainforest hotel just south of the capital Belmopan. The hotel was on a huge estate where you could ride electric bikes around the orchards and pick fresh fruit off the trees, hike up the mountain to see the view, take the kayaks out to spot baby otters on the river and head down to the stream and have a pedicure by the little fish that live in there! We also went on a horseback ride all around the area. My horse was a female called Jefa (spanish for female boss), who was stubborn and stopped to eat a lot. She was the perfect horse for me! Hopefully I haven’t bored you all yet, and you’ll come back soon to read all about our next adventure in Guatemala. Until then, K’Dee x

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