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Mexico/Belize 2016 – Day 12 of 18

March 2, 2016

Accommodation: Colindas Cabanas, Caye Caulker

Wow, 3rd day in Caye Caulker.  We had no plans for the day.  I actually was feeling tired, probably too much sun on the boat yesterday.  As always, up early, read, compute, make breakfast.  Then we walked south from Colinda Cabanas along the beach.  You actually walk across the easterly end of the airport.  There is a path or roadway all along this part of the island that is supposed to take you back to town (the long way).  It was hot hot hot again.  The bushes and path were alive with lizards, iguanas & birds.  A constant rustle as we walked along!  The area is populated but less so.  The path goes along mangroves and it’s not manicured so a ton of things ‘washedup’ in the  mangroves from past storms.  There are quite a few big beach/jungle homes out there.  Very secluded (well as secluded as you can be on a small island).  Unfortunately, we couldn’t do the whole loop as there was an extreme mud section that we just didn’t want to trudge through.  So, back we went!  Again, read for a while…then we decided to go into the village for lunch.  We ate over the water at Rainbow.  Johnny had Fajitas and I had a Conch Burrito.  Very good!  Lots of activity at the dock out front with a catamaran coming in, some snorkel tours, people paddle boarding…..after lunch we wandered through town and then back to the Cabana..by this time it was even crazier hot and we jumped into the water at the end of the dock for a while..then yes…back to read.  Late afternoon the breeze came in and it cooled down…we went for a twilight walk on some different streets.   We made chicken, rice & tomatoes for dinner, went out to the dock to star gaze…Orion’s belt was quite prominent, Sirius was shining brightly and Jupiter looked down at us.  We saw a number of cruise ships go by – probably en route to Cozumel, MX.

I’m not sure whether I mentioned it or not, but we don’t use AC when we travel, nor do we use it at home.  About the only time I use AC would be in my car if I have clients with me.  First of all, I believe AC makes you sick….and that you become so accustomed to AC that you don’t want to go outside on warm days.  So, life is more natural and dealing with hot weather is actually more bearable without AC.  We also like to stay in more basic,ordinary accommodation.  It just feels wrong to live in the lap of luxury when the people around you are living so simply.  I never quite understand how someone can go to an island or beach location and never leave there resort.  It confounds me 🙂

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Road Trip 2015 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

What can I say about Halifax, Nova Scotia other than that it is a VERY special city and I loved it!  It has a very relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flare!!!  Johnny & I arrived on Thursday afternoon and checked in at Homewood Suites on Brunswick (beside The Citadel).  Awesome hotel in a lot of ways, only one year old, nice sized rooms all with kitchenettes.  Our room had a view of the Harbour.  The only downside to this hotel was that the elevators were crazy busy and although the breakfast wasn’t bad for included buffet, there were just way too many people there and it was difficult to move around and find a place to sit.  In spite of that I would certainly recommend it.  We hurriedly got settled and then headed down to the Pier for a nice long walk – all the way down to Pier 21.  The weather wasn’t wonderful – overcast with a cool wind and it was pretty quiet but it was great to stretch our legs after our drive from Saint John, NB.  After much deliberation we decided to have dinner on the patio of Waterfront Warehouse where we feasted on Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & PEI oysters to start followed by lovely big lobsters!  We were actually freezing to death, so ordered hot toddies after dinner and took them inside to warm up!  We then headed off and found ourselves at a great little dessert & cocktail place called The Middle Spoon – YUM 🙂  A friend had recommended that while in Halifax we should stop by the Split Crow for a little music and that we did!  We were a bit on the tired side by then so only stayed one set, then headed back up the hill to our hotel.

Next day I had lunch with friends (one of whom wahhh had just broken her foot)….we ate at a great little restaurant called The Stubborn Goat – yum again, I had Lobster Mac n’ Cheese!  The weather was great so Hilary, Andrew & I sat on the patio!  After lunch Johnny & I found each other again and we headed off to a nearby beach at  Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, took a walk and caught a few rays!  After that we went for a drive, crossed over to Dartmouth & headed out to Lawrencetown Beach/Park where we watched some kite surfers!  Chloe & Kyle arrived from Saint John around 8 pm and we immediately headed out for dinner at Durty Nelly’s Irish pub where we managed to nab a patio table.  Food was great and the place was jammed with people having a great time on a Friday night.  After that we headed off to  yet another Halifax music experience and spent the rest of the evening at The Old Triangle where we danced & enjoyed the entertainment!  After that we made our way back up the hill to the hotel.  Admittedly, our Saturday was somewhat sluggish *blush*, Halifax had offered us much too good a time for two nights running.  Once breakfast was over we again walked the Harbourfront and the weather was much warmer.  My English Mum had arrived in Canada aboard the Queen Mary at Pier 21 in Halifax in 1946, so we went to the Pier 21 Museum and I was able to get a copy of her arrival documents.  Later that day we went back out for more lobster and had a pretty early evening 🙂  The next morning we headed off bright and early to our next destination.

All in all, I loved Halifax, really didn’t take many photos that didn’t involve food or cocktails and know for sure this is one city I will visit again!!

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