San Pedro, Belize
Yesterday I spent the day solo, street roaming, while the group went snorkelling. As the locals say here on Caye Caulker, “go slow”, so I did just that. It was nice. Although, when I went for a run in the morning, I think it was a bit of a shock for locals. There’s almost no cars on Caye Caulker and most people ride bikes or drive golf carts. It’s a rasta retirement village style of life. Today I’m off to sail and snorkel in the Caribbean with Raggamuffin tours. Before leaving, I run into the bar tender from Lazy Lizard, Edwin, who remembers me from the last two afternoons. He rides his bike, escorting me back to my hotel and telling me a bit about himself and where his from (San Ignacio). It’s time to commence my day activity with Raggamuffins. Our boat is named, “Ragga queen”. The crew consist of Marvin, Sherwin and Captain Kevin, or as I called him, special K. I find their broken Creole rasta linguistics highly amusing. Things that were said with a strong rasta accent: “We ave all da saftee equipment and a fone full of cradit” “Put on ya sun lowshun, in slow moshun, to get in dee ohshun” “Girl don’t say sorray, I’m nut Justin Bieber” “No goun Snorkelly workelling if you dink you see a merman or merlady, stay with da humuns”. Snorkelling was average but always fun, with many fish, rays, nurse sharks, a green moray eel and green turtle. My skin is so salty, all you’d need is lime and tequila and I’d be the perfect shot. Snorkelling is done and rum punch is flowing. I met some cool people on the boat from other tours – an Irish girl, Neve, who was lovely and another Mexican tour guide, Rafa. We chilled on the roof of the boat, drinking rum punch, soaking up the sunshine, reggae music and tropical serenity. I wish I was on that tour with no couples and plenty of potential new pals and playmates. When the excursion ends, we roll onto Lazy Lizard for happy hour, where I catch up with my bartender pal Edwin and share a few drinks with my snorkelling crew. Note: I planned to leave my tour and spend an extra day in Caye Caulker, til 3am struck and I became violently ill so ended up back on tour, and inbound to Tulum.