Frizz’s Tag ‘C’ challenge: Coconuts and Cocktails

Good morning everyone from San Pedro. I see that FrizzText has a challenge to post something beginning with the letter ‘C’, so here is my contribution.

Here in Belize, where I’m staying for a week’s vacation, there are many Coconut Palms. This tree has been called, “the most versatile tree in the world, as it has many uses. Apart from the edible parts, the rest can used for a multitude of purposes, some of which you can read about here.

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Last night at dinner, I had the most delicious appetiser; Coconut encrusted shrimp sticks in black bean sauce. They were so delicious, and I ate every morsel, apart from the small piece I gave to hubby to try. 🙂

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I also had a very tasty cocktail called ‘Naked Iguana’, which is made up of coconut rum, Caribbean rum, pineapple juice and a dash of blue.

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I still have to do my Lamanai Mayan Temple post later today, but this morning hubby is going scuba diving, and I’m going out on the boat with them, just for the ride. Have a great day, everyone.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Today, we had a wonderful trip to Lamanai, one of the oldest sites in Belize, and I have so many photos to sort through, so I thought I would take part in this challenge, with a couple of pics from our flight there and back.

We travelled part of the way in a single engine, Cessna Caravan propeller plane.

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I don’t like flying in small planes, as they get so easily blown around by the wind, and the take-offs are a bit ‘hairy’ to say the least. I opted to sit right at the back of the plane on the way there, because I thought it was the safest place to be in the event of a nose-dive. 🙂 I had a pretty boring view, looking straight forward.

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On the way back, it was quite a different story. The pilot said that because of the weight distribution, only one young girl was allowed to sit on the back seat. I sat across the aisle from a local woman, and just couldn’t stop myself from staring at her hands. I’d never seen anything quite so fancy in my life. They seemed to illuminate the whole cabin as the sun shone through the window, making the gold glint and the jewels sparkle. I tried to sneak a couple of photos with my iPhone, but the angle was all wrong, so there was only one thing to do; I struck up a conversation with her, during the course of which, I remarked on her nails and asked if I could take a photo. She was really friendly, and so delighted that I admired them so much, that she happily posed her hands for my camera.

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She told me that the ones on her little fingers were solid  gold, hence the safety chains. She was on the way to San Pedro for a family birthday party for her pretty little seven-year-old daughter, and assured me that it was being fully catered, so she wouldn’t have a thing to do. I wouldn’t imagine that one could actually do anything with nails like these, especially the washing up, would you? 😆

To see more entries for this challenge, just click here.

Sun, sand, and Mojitos.

So here I am, at San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, sitting in the bar and sipping a Mojito, as suggested by Tom at The Palladium Traveler. There is so much ice in my drink that I would say it’s almost non alcoholic, but it is very refreshing after our couple of hours’ walk around the town this morning.

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San Pedro is not a smart resort by any stretch of the imagination, but it is quite fascinating nevertheless. The roads in the town are sort of paved, but when you start to get past the main shopping area into the local residential area, they become just dirt and sand. Sidewalks are few and far between, and you really have to watch out for flying golf carts and bicycles. I thought you might enjoy a free guided tour, and did this slide show, so that you can wander around without enduring the heat of the sun, or getting your feet dirty, although I’m sure that some of you are now going to comment that you would give your right arm for a bit of sand, heat and sunshine.

Tomorrow we are going on a tour to Lamanai, which means, ‘submerged crocodile’. After our flight to Tower Hill, there will be a boat trip down the river and through the mangroves, and I’m sure we’ll get some great photos. We are promised exotic birds, monkeys, iguanas and bats. We then go to the ancient Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and will be able to climb to the top of the largest pyramid, El Castillo.  Sounds really exciting, and I can hardly wait.

Thursday’s Windows from up in the clouds.

Well , here we are in Belize. The flight from Miami was on time, and I had a window seat, so sneaked a few pics with my iPhone. Here is what I saw through the cabin windows of our two planes.

Tomorrow we will go out exploring. There are so many golf carts racing around the streets. Maybe we’ll also hire one and see where it takes us. It’s awfully windy at the moment, which does nor bode well for my hair, but everyone else also looks like the ‘Wreck of the Hesperus’, so do I care? 😀

Chat again when I have something to report. Thanks for all your ‘Bon Voyage’ wishes. You’re all so very kind. Mwah!

For more ‘Thursday’s Windows’ you can visit Sandra Conner’s blog.