Tag Archives: non-tourist spots

Best water loungers ever!

Splishing and Splashing at Bacab Eco Park

Their bags are packed, the sunburned skin has healed (although it’s still peeling) and the Castenadas are ready to go home to Iowa. We’ve had an incredible week of fun, but their flight doesn’t take off until 4pm and it’d be a shame to spend the day just waiting for a flight. After all, we […]

"The Pipe" - where you wash dishes, do laundry, bathe, rinse muddy boots...

If I lived in a Mayan Village, I’d change…

After spending four days living with a Mayan family, there are a few things that I’d change if I lived there. Keeping in mind that I still want to be true to the Mayan spirit of living simply in harmony with nature. These small changes would make my life a little more efficient (we westerners […]

Our Mayan Homestay Home

What to expect: Mayan Village Homestay in Belize

When you hear the word village, what do you think of? Do you picture thatched huts with dirt floors? No indoor plumbing, electricity, or communication with the outside world? Naked children running around and no cars? That is what our family experienced during our 4 day Mayan home-stay in Belize…and you can too! It’s a […]

6 hours on a bus sometimes looks like this

Journey to the Mayan Village

It’s 2012, the famed year of the Maya when the current Mayan calendar ends.  There is a large population of Maya in Belize, so it is appropriate that we would get to visit an authentic Mayan village in 2012. We deliberately did not read about Mayan life, history or much of anything.  We wanted to experience […]

Heading out of Dangriga

Dang to Dangriga

Dear Dangriga, It’s hard to write a letter like this, but we have to.  We tried to like you, we really did.  We normally see the good in a lot of places, but you did disappoint.  Perhaps we came with expectations. We were warned via our bus breaking down twice on the way to see […]

Our mermaid running back into the water

Our Garifuna Mermaid

We met a mermaid in Hopkins.  She had glorious black skin, truthful eyes and a playful nature.  She jumped in and out of the water effortlessly – like nature had intended her to do.  She danced in the ocean, splashing brilliant Caribbean water into the air. When she surfaced, the sparkles of water droplets beaded […]

Our Garifuna Gals

The Simple Pleasures of Hopkins

I am going to tell you about our time in Hopkins, despite what I said in my last post. We’re not sure what it was about this town that made it so special to us. Perhaps we were just on the same frequency or we were craving its authentic vibe, but something captured and held […]