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    • Day 121

      Belicean scenic route

      January 6, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      What a great day of cycling today! From Belmopan, we turned South in order to get to the Carribean again. The landscape changed to hills/mountains and jungle - really cool and scenic! After about 20km, we already had our first stop at Blue Hole National Park. For 8 Belize Dollars (4€), we could see a cave and visit the Blue Hole, a cenote in the middle of the jungle. And we were the only people there!
      Our next stop was a lunch stop in one of the villages along the road. The people were very friendly and wanted to know all about our trip.
      We were going to stop at a waterfall on the way, but as it there was an entrance fee again, we decided to continue and rather have more time at the beach later. As we finally had some nice tailwinds, rolling into Hopkins, our stop for the night, was quite easy. The town is very nice and relaxed. Quite some guest houses, but not packed with tourists. So a great place to stay!
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    • Day 93

      Karibik Flair in Hopkins

      January 26, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Nach einer schönen Busfahrt sind wir heute gut in Hopkins angekommen, einem kleinen verschlafenen Ort mit creolischem Einfluss - wir haben es uns am Strand und bei einem leckeren fangfrischen Fisch ( nicht der Stingray auf dem Foto!) gut gehen lassen 😎☀Read more

    • Day 95

      Tag der Wasserfälle

      January 28, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Heute haben wir die Umgebung von Hopkins mit dem Motorrad erkundet und konnten uns nach den kleinen Wanderungen im Dschungel immer wieder in natürlichen Pools abkühlen.... Wenn nur nicht die Mücken so hartnäckig wären...Read more

    • Day 7

      Hopkins - Day 2

      March 17, 2020 in Belize ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      The plan today was to have zero plans. I think we executed it beautifully. Slept in late and then found a tiny (one table!) breakfast place around 10:30 and had the worlds best grilled cheese sandwich, with turkey and ham and peppers and onions and mayo. Mouth is watering just thinking about it.

      Then spent a few hours splashing in and out of the water, watching pelicans dive bomb fish in the ocean in front of us, swaying in hammocks and playing with neighborhood dogs that begged for our attention.

      Mom was content to stay by the beach near our cabana while Alexa and I walked up and down the coast both directions. It was almost entirely local resident homes in both directions with the odd cabana rental and a huge resort that seemed too pristine compared to our amazing natural and secluded slice of heaven. Seriously, this is idyllic.

      Later we all went to a nearby (hmmm) restaurant/pub/shack called Driftwood for supper and also for st paddys AND to watch the garifuna drumming performance Hopkins is famous for. Stayed for a few hours of drumming and then off to bed early as we have a big day tomorrow...
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    • Day 8

      Hopkins - Day 3

      March 18, 2020 in Belize ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      Was hoping to leave early today but Alexa was sound asleep until 9am so i was content to get a late start instead. By the time we had breakfast and got groceries, it was well after 11. Mom decided she's had enough jungle and opted for another beach day.

      Thank god we have a jeep. The road to Mayflower Bocawina National Park was an uneven and bumpy dirt road. Got some good information from the park warden and started our hike up to 1000ft antelope falls through the dense jungle. Took about 30 mins to reach the base of the falls and it felt amazing to stick our feet in the cold water as it was really humid and a relatively steep walk.

      Then it got harder. To get to the top of the falls, it was much steeper and there were ropes to haul yourself up the trail. Another 30 minutes later, we reached the top and jumped into a natural swimming hole. There were a few more cascading falls just above the swimming hole that i climbed while alexa wrote in her journal.

      After descending, we drove a bit deeper into the park and hiked the much easier Bocawina Falls trail which also had a nice swimming hole at its base. We cooled off there and horsed around on a natural waterslide i found and headed back. There was an upper bocawina falls above that one, but we were tired.

      We grabbed a relaxing drink at the park's jungle lodge and headed back to Hopkins. Didn't see much wildlife. I saw one of those upright running lizards on the way in, tons of leaf cutter ants and we could hear the roar of the howler monkeys at the jungle lodge.

      Got back and found mom relaxing on the seaside front porch, reading a book. Had another great meal at a local spot and we all were in bed early.
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    • Day 9

      Placencia - Day 1

      March 19, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Felt sad checking out of our dream cabana in hopkins and alexa was especially sad to leave all the doggies that she spent time with everyday.

      Had breakfast at a tiny mom and pop place. While sitting there, there must have been at least 20 different locals who walked in for one reason or another and every single person gave us a friendly hello. This country is over the top friendly everywhere we go, and especially Hopkins. Everyone walking by on the street says hi. While driving, everyone on the sidewalk waves. Even guys doing roadwork will stop, smile and wave.

      The drive to Placencia is only an hour and a lot of the drive is along some pretty coastline and through some pretty swank neighbourhoods. I had an apartment rented which took us a long time to find. My mapping app and had its location incorrectly mapped.

      While asking for directions, the person referred to my mom as my wife. Thats twice that has happened! I'm not sure how to feel about that lol.

      Spent the afternoon at the beach, sipping beers and jumping in and out of the ocean. The beach is very pretty but we cant help but compare everything to hopkins. Man, we are so spoiled haha.

      And its so quiet everywhere. This place is wall to wall resorts and hotels and its mostly empty at every turn.
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    • Day 10

      Placencia - Day 2

      March 20, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Beaches and logistics sums up most of the past couple of days.

      First we heard caye caulker was mostly shutting down because of a lack of tourists, so we cancelled our hotel there. Then started hearing different rumours about the airport and borders all closing, and different days. Yesterday read on the airport website that it was closing on the 23rd and our flight was leaving on the 25th. Uh oh.

      Couldn't get our direct flight to Toronto changed to monday because it was full but did manage to book a delta flight to toronto through atlanta. And contacted the embassies to make sure we could transit through American airports without quarantining. We can. Phew.

      Rest of the day was being lazy by the beach. Not entirely easy to enjoy with all the uncertainty ahead of us, but much better than back home in the cold and quarantining and everything being closed. And discovered the best nachos ever. Annnnnd... my first IPA craft beer of the trip! Banner day, minus all the worldwide doom and gloom, and dying and uncertainty of getting home 😉
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    • Day 11

      Placencia - Day 3

      March 21, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      I woke up and decided to try to change my air canada flight on expedia again. Success!, plus $850 to do it for all 3 of us. Now we are booked on two different flights home to cover our bases. Surely we will get on one of them hours before the border here slams shut hard for a long time.

      Felt better about things but i admit it was a nagging issue mentally. We really should have found an excursion but we just had another lazy day at the beach again. I walked the long boardwalk to its southern point and back. 80 percent of everything is shut down due to lack of tourists. Seriously, we are the last of the mohicans everywhere and its a bit unsettling now.

      All the Americans i met (and kept my distance from) had already flown home. Flights coming here wouldn't be dropping anyone off and only picking people up. Corporations and their bottom line concerned me that we might see cancelled flights. But out of my hands now and hoping for the best. Fantastic to be here in the sun and enjoying restaurants and bars but its an uneasy fantastic heh.

      And omg we have played maybe our 500th game of blokus. We are ready for world class competition. Our level of cut throat play has become saudi arabia impressive. Beware!
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    • Day 31

      Funky Dodo 🦤

      November 7, 2022 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Ich habe die Insel Caye Caulker verlassen und bin per Bus nach Hopkins weitergereist. Dieser Ort liegt ebenfalls in Belize, aber etwas weiter im Süden.

      Hier gibt es nun endlich mal einen richtigen Strand. Solche waren ja auf Caye Caulker etwas schwierig zu finden.

      Nach Hopkins bin ich gekommen, weil es hier ein Hostel namens Funky Dodo gibt. Dieses wurde mir von einem Mitreisenden, den ich auf Caye Caulker getroffen hatte, wärmstens empfohlen. Ausserdem dachte ich, dass es ganz nett sein könnte, hier in diesem (noch) relativ untouristischen Nest für zwei Nächte abzusteigen, bevor es mich voraussichtlich noch weiter in den Süden von Belize und schliesslich nochmals kurz nach Guatemala verschlagen wird.

      Ausflüge oder Aktivitäten will ich hier eigentlich nicht gross unternehmen. Stattdessen kümmere ich mich um die Wäsche und möchte auch wieder mal einen Blick in den Laptop werfen - Bankangelegenheiten und so. Das habe ich jetzt lange genug hinausgeschoben.
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    • Day 169

      Unverhofft zum Jaguar in Hopkins🐆

      March 29, 2023 in Belize ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Von Flores in Guatemala shuttelten wir noch vor dem z’Morgen über die Grenze nach Belize. In Belmopan, der Hauptstadt von Belize wurden wir ausgeladen - nun galt es, auf eigene Faust in den Süden an den Küstenort Hopkins zu reisen. Dafür brauchten wir aber erst mal eine Stärkung und so suchten wir die Pizzeria hier am Strassenrand auf. Die Pizza war im Gegensatz zum ersten Eindruck von Belize erstaunlich gut – wenn auch mit stattlichen 20.- ordentlich teuer…🤓 Für die hohen Preise hier im ganzen Land hätten wir etwas mehr erwartet, die Strassen, die Dörfer, die Armut, der Abfall – es unterschied sich optisch erschreckend wenig von anderen, deutlich ärmeren Ländern hier. Aber wir haben ja natürlich erst einen kleinen Teil gesehen. Der grosse Unterschied ist aber sicherlich die Sprache. Es ist momentan noch sehr verwirrend plötzlich wieder überall englisch zu reden. Noch verwirrender ist es, wenn die Einheimischen untereinander garifuna oder kreolisch sprechen – man hört zwar einzelne englischklingende Wörter heraus, versteht aber doch rein gar nichts…😄
      Umso mehr beeindruckte uns die Natur, durch die wir fuhren: Der Kolibri-Highway zwischen Belmopan und Hopkins war wohl eine der schönsten Busfahrten bisher mit wunderschönen, artenreichen Wäldern und tollen Aussichten über die tiefgrünen Hügel.
      Hopkins selbst ist dann ein herziges, ziemlich verschlafenes Örtchen an der Küste. Und obwohl wir bisher in den etwas unbekannteren und ruhigeren Orten meist die allerfreundlichsten Menschen angetroffen haben, schien hier gerade das Gegenteil der Fall zu sein – so fiel uns der Anfang etwas schwer, auch weil wir eigentlich noch Tauchen gehen wollten, was allerdings nicht klappte. Die Alternative nahte aber: Schliesslich landeten wir auf einer privaten Nachttour im Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, dem grössten Schutzgebiet in Belize. Schon auf dem Weg konnten wir etliche Vögel – insbesondere Tukane – beobachten. Anschliessend spazierten wir auf leisen Sohlen und mit Stirnlampen ausgerüstet durch den dunklen Dschungel. Hier trafen wir auf allerlei Kleingetier wie einer Tarantel, einer Baby-Kaffeeschlange, einer Reisratte und einer Aga-Kröte. Vom Jaguar, der hier besonders geschützt wird (im ganzen Park leben rund 200 Jaguare!) sahen wir leider nur die Kratzspuren am Gummibaum. Nachts alleine im Dschungel ist aber auch ohne grosse Tiersichtungen ein Highlight – einerseits eine unglaubliche Stille, gleichzeitig aber die verrücktesten Geräusche von ohrenbetäubenden Zikaden, den rauschenden Blättern, den fallenden Früchten der essenden Fledermäuse bis hin zu den Schreien eines Ozelots in der Nähe!🤩 So machten wir uns glücklich auf die Rückfahrt – und da geschah es doch noch: Vor uns im Scheinwerferlicht starrte uns kurz ein Jaguar an, bevor er ins Dickicht verschwand!😱 Ein paar Meter später trafen wir auf eine weitere Wildkatze – ein Margay lief zuerst ein wenig hin und her und sprang schliesslich mit einem Satz zurück in den Wald. Unglaublich!!🐆
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