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Cay Corker

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  • Day119

    Happy Happy Birthday!

    March 25 in Belize

    So viele guten Wünsche zum Jubelfest. Habt Dank dafür. Dann wollen wir euch auch erzählen, warum das ein ganz feiner Geburtstag war: Nach Placencia waren wir im Distrikt Toledo, haben in einer dschungeligen Lodge geschlafen, uns von Doktorfliegen beissen lassen und kleine, hübsche Maya-Dörfchen besucht. Und dann ging's auf die Insel! Wir waren schon einmal auf Tobacco Caye und schon damals hat uns dieses winzige Eiland gut gefallen weil man vom Strand losschnorcheln kann, liegt es doch direkt auf dem Riff. Unsere Cabana ist sehr hübsch und vor allem stabil gebaut 😀. Die ganze Anlage von Joe Joe's By The Reef ist toll und die Familie, die sie führt, ist lustig, nett und aufmerksam. Drei Mal am Tag klingelt die Glocke und dann gibt's Essen in geselliger Runde mit den anderen Teilzeitbewohner*innen.
    An meinem Geburtstag haben wir morgens vor dem Frühstück geschnorchelt und gleich hat mir ein blau gepunkteter Adlerrochen gratuliert, ebenfalls ein Kofferfisch, eine Pelikan-Parade und andere Wassertiere. Dann hat Steff mich im Kajak um die Insel gefahren und später wurde dann auch noch das Stand-Up-Paddleboard ausprobiert. Zwischendurch immer wieder schnorcheln und essen und abends ein Bierchen mit Julia und Dominik, die wir in der Lodge kennengelernt haben.
    Das Wetter war grandios und abends jede Menge Sterne. Was soll ich sagen, ausser dass dieser Geburtstag perfekt war!
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  • Day123

    Die Kür

    March 29 in Belize

    Zum Schluss für sechs Tage nach Caye Caulker, in unser zweites Zuhause. Auch diese Insel hat sich verändert und als wir mit dem Wassertaxi anlanden, stehen am Steg große Belikin-Schirme (das ist die nationale Brauerei) und laute Musik empfängt uns und die anderen Neuankömmlinge. Später erfahren wir, dass "Lion-Fish-Festival" ist und das ist eigentlich eine gute Sache. Örtliche Guides versuchen so viele Rotfeuerfische wie möglich zu töten und diese werden dann gebraten, gesotten, gewürfelt und gegrillt. Da sie keine natürlichen Fressfeinde haben und das Riff zerstören, sind sie hier nicht willkommen.
    Ansonsten auch hier viele neue Hotels, Läden, Kneipen usw - das übliche Bild. Auf "unserer" Seite der Insel allerdings ist fast alles wie immer, ausser dass sich der letzte Hurricane ordentlich Strand geholt hat. Wir schnorcheln am Tag und im Dunkeln, gehen tauchen, besuchen das kleine Seepferdchenreservat, essen köstlich, fahren Fahrrad, besuchen eine neue, furchtbare Strandanlage, schwimmen, faulenzen in der Hängematte, plaudern mit alten Bekannten, fahren mit dem Katamaran raus, trinken morgens Kaffee und Tee auf unserem Lieblingssteg und bewundern dabei den Sonnenaufgang und so einiges mehr.
    Dabei fühlt es sich heimelig und richtig an, genau hier diese unglaubliche Reise zu beenden.
    Das war's.
    Morgen fliegen wir zurück!
    Alles weitere dann persönlich in Bälde!
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  • Day136

    Caye Caulker

    February 15, 2015 in Belize

    Ein wunderschönes karibisches Insel-Dorf mit einem Manko: neben all den tollen Bars & Restaurants, den Palmen und dem türkisen Wasser mit Stegen zum Entspannen fehlen Strände!

    Glück im Unglück hatten wir mit den Lobstern, da wir ein Tag nach Saisonende angereist waren aber doch noch Restbestände abbekommen hatten, lecker!

    Unser Hostal Bella's ist eine angenehme Unterkunft mit free Kanus zun rumpaddeln!

    Blue Hole Diving wird es für uns nicht geben. Ist ziemlich teuer und man muss direkt auf 40m runter, mit unserer Tauch-Erfahrung ist das nichts. Schnorcheln als Ausgleich hilft aber ???!
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  • Day12

    Chilling with the blue!

    January 13, 2017 in Belize

    Relaxing day today and these are some of my favourite days.

    Walked around town stopping in various spots just staring at the ocean - various photos of my chill zones attached.

    Got a chicken egg and cheese flapjack from a little place run by two women for breakfast. So cheap and so filling it was breakfast and lunch.

    Had such a lovely day. For dinner I went back to the street vendor and then for dessert I wanted to try the key lime pie from a women who sells slices of homemade cakes and desserts outside het home but she had sold out. Disappointed! But good for her!Read more

  • Day11

    One with the sea in Caye Caukler

    January 12, 2017 in Belize

    A fantastic day snorkeling. Whilst the reef wasn't very colourful the fish, giant sea turtles, sting ray and nurse sharks that we swam with were incredible! A real highlight.

    Wish I had had an underwater camera but on the other hand that would take you away from being in the momentl.

    This time with the sea turtles you were really close in crystal clear water and I got to do a mermaid dance (over under and beside it) with one of them as it swam around. I had to make sure I didn't touch it. Such docile and beautiful creatures. Although I did see one get very annoyed with a smaller mate knocking it until it swam away! I guess we all have days where alone time is required!

    There were quite a few sting rays as well but the turtles got my attention every time!

    I was so absorbed everyone else was back on the boat and one of the crew had to come and get me!

    Next was the sharks and how exciting was that! There were so many of them and schools of colourful fish swam around you. Once again could have stayed there for ages.

    We also saw a ship wreck which was interesting - apparently it was carrying cement power and in a storm it got wet and the extra weight sank the ship!

    We even saw Dorie from Finding Nemo and the elusive angel fish which is on the Belize dollar.

    At night we went for a stroll down the main street and for dinner had a burrito from a street vendor where all the locals were going. $1.75 and it was huge with lots of filling.

    Next I decided I would check out the local reggie bar which opens at midnight! I had arranged to meet some of the group after they finished having drinks at the Sports Bar. Yes the name pretty much sums it up and its for tourists only altough the young Belize men hang out there as well then move onto the reggie bar.

    The Belize men are very 'attentive' and marriage proposals are common. And if you can't get picked up at a bar in under a minute then there must be something wrong with you.

    So we get to the reggie bar and every drunk backbacker who is staying on the island is there. Lots of dancing and they had the cool bar swings.
    I lasted about half an hour! But at least I checked it out, had a drink, a dance and declined three belizian men. Not bad for half an hour.

    The little shack was snorkeling headquarters and the big plastic bottle contains a stable on the island - rum punch! Lastly thats my travel buddy from the tour at the street vendor!
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  • Day114

    Caye Caulker, Belize

    February 8, 2017 in Belize

    To say we went to Belize is a lie. In fact, we're doing our best to avoid it. We've been warned of dangers many times and it only takes a quick scroll through the local rag to make that assertion yourself. Instead, we'll stick to the touristy hot spot of Caye Caulker.

    Caye Caulker is a tiny island off the east coast of Belize, barely above sea level and  protected from the trades by the mesoamerican coral reef. The surrounding waters are super shallow, barely deep enough for the ferries and not even deep enough to swim! It's got that caribbean island feel. Time is just a distant concept, happy hour is every hour and everybody is your 'man' or 'bro' especially if you like green or white.

    We spent four nights here, getting in some serious feet up time. Our first two nights were in Pause Hostel, which clearly should be spelt Paws as it was an animal sanctuary for birds, cats and dogs - dozens of all of the above. It was a feral place; the grounds smelt like cat piss, the ocean, showers and bathroom wreeked of human waste, the room was filthy and our beds still had the previous occupants sheets on when we arrived (at night). The bathroom was disgusting, there was no hot water, the toilet had no seat and finding tp was a difficult ask. It was humorously awful until we discovered that a raw faecies were being discharged directly into the same place we were swimming. That was the straw the broke the camel's back, so we moved elsewhere.  M&N Hotel felt like a luxury hotel based on our previous experience, infinitely better with lovely staff and not only towels, but fresh towels daily. What a treat! Not to mention it was cheaper than Pause!

    We spent our days on the island wandering the streets, unwittingly in search of the finest cheap dining. There are a surprising number of bars and restuarants with quite a variation in price range and style of food. Undoubtedly best at breakfast was the local Fry Jacks hut. Deep fried corn bread/tortilla stuffed with your choice of chicken, ham, cheese, beans or eggs for a mere $1.50 US. A great start to every day! We also took delight in the local grill with unlimited rum, pulled pork buns, key lime pie and a variety of bakery treats enforced by the rising king of the donut, Scott.

    The highlight of Caye Caulker would have to be the snorkelling. We took a full day trip with the Caveman and were not disappointed. It was an eight stop affair including swims with turtles, sharks, stingrays, eagle rays and plenty of fish and coral. The biggest prize (and main reason for the trip) proved too elusive on the day - no manatees for us. I was gutted, I've always wanted to swim with these creatures but like Caveman said "you can't control mother nature!" Our final two stops were to feed the tarpon (big fish) and the kite birds. Our guides were young and fun and very efficient which was a welcome change from some, who treat you like you can't tie your own shoe. There were plenty of options for snorkel tours as there's not too much else to do in the island. The interesting thing was that the reef extents from Cancun almost to Panama but they all snorkel the same spots. Surely there's some hidden gems they're not showing the tourists?

    Caye Caulker is also one of the closest ports from which to visit the Blue Hole - a giant circular depression inside the lagoon. I would have loved to dive this or even fly over it, but at $120US it was too hard to justify. The woes of sticking to a budget...

    MERC got up and running again on the island. Still working on any measure of base fitness, I was stoked for some suuuuper flat running. Unfortunately, the entire length of the island can't have been more than about 2.5km somewhat limiting explorative distances. An intervals session was proposed at the local soccer field and for the first time in MERC history, appeared successful despite a barrage of verbal insults from the local kids. The second run more than circumnavigated the island, and almost ended in disaster for me, coming through a bout of the old Delhi belly. Almost. Things are looking up for the club!

    All in all it was a solid few days rest on the island. It took some adjusting to go back to english speaking, with accidental 'Holàs' slipping out on occasion. I'm sure, however, it'll be harder to go back to Spanish.

    We caught the ferry back to the mainland  (Belize City) which was surprisingly well run, except for the fact it was overbooked and we had to sit on the floor. From the we split Belize in two, bussing five hours due west across the border and into Guatemala. I was humoured by the emigration agent playing games on his phone whilst processing people, barely bothering to batan eyelid. Love it. We'll spend the night in Flores and set out to explore Tikal tomorrow. Fingers crossed for no rain!

    For now our biggest conundrum is whether or not to visit Honduras. Suggestions welcome!
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  • Day10

    Another country!

    January 11, 2017 in Belize

    Belize today! And from now on all the remaining countries have zika travel warnings. We leave early and take a mini van to Belize. We stopped for breakfast at this great cafe/bar in Bacalar and as you can see I had no trouble finding the perfect spot!

    Its right on a lagoon and so peaceful and relaxing.

    At the mexican border we all get out of the van get our luggage and walk through customs then get into the van and cross the border then drive through a no man's land. Then at the Belize border out again with the luggage and walk through customs. And in the heat with the queues it was exhausting.

    I asked our tour guide to show us where the mexican border actually was and he didn't know! He's mexican and supposedly one of the tour company's very knowledgeable guides! We were all
    speechless.
    So I started walking around and found it! Had to record it given it was so elusive! Photo 3.

    We got to San Pedro then caught a boat to Caye Caulker which was exhilarating. Beautiful blue ocean sitting outside on the boat with the breeze. But notice the nana scarf on my head!

    Caye Caulker is so relaxing and the water is so blue. We have three nights here which is great.

    I attend my first group dinner at a local restaurant which is much cheaper than the touristy places.

    And what does zika scared girl who has with her every conceivable mosquito bite prevention measure do on her first night?! Go out in a t shirt and cropped pants with no mosquito repellent!!

    Overall Belize is on par with any western country re its prices but you can still eat cheaply.
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  • Day262

    Beautiful Belize

    May 18, 2015 in Belize

    Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world next to The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The islands by the coast are absolutely amazing. It took us all day to get to Caye Caulker, but it was worth it. Met a group of friends along the ferry ride down: 2 Germans, 1 Hong Kong American, 2 Kiwis, and shared some great stories togther. Only traveling like this brings people of different background together on a small island. It is moments like this that make us smile.Read more

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