More News from Tiff in Belize
"Well, just before we left Belize City, we saw where the cruise ship people go. They go to a strange fake mall and the police keep out all the panhandlers and the tourists buy jewelry etc. It has nothing to do with Belize City. They are really isolated from reality.
Its hot here on this funny little island. There is Front Street, Middle Street, and Back Street.
On Front Street are the hotels with the cool brezes and a few expensive restaurants. On Middle Street are the shops and the cheaper restaurants and there are few cool breezes. On back street there is abject poverty and no cool breezes. I am also sorry to say that as
you go from Front to Back Street the language changes from Spanish and English to Creole and everybody gets a little darker. But on the positive side everyone does seem to cooperate and share the tourist dollars. Everything you do is passed along and everyone gets a
piece of the money as it flows thru. If someone takes you to a restaurant, they get a free meal, etc. It is all very much creating an economy out of nothing and could be quite fragile.
We had a great snorkeling trip yesterday. The first time in the water, a bunch of very large manta rays came up to be petted--I'm not kidding, they love affection. Soon the sharks circled in-safe but startling all the same (they don't eat people). Then we saw real sting rays, but they are not friendly (thank goodness). We saw lobster, hermit crabs, parrot fish, huge friendly groupers that like their chin petted and bump up against you to get a pat. Our
guide brought out a Moray Eel with fish bait--but I was glad when he went back in his hole. We also saw flounder, barracuda, trigger fish, and a Manatee.
There are no jellyfish right now as the breeze is blowing them away--so we got lucky on that. However I did get stung by some kind of coral--no problem though except the sting.
The fruits here are wonderful. They take frozen fruit and blend it up like a smoothie YYUUUMMMM.
Brad is red as can be--Will wear a shirt to snorkel from now on."
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