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My Vacation in Belize

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I’ve returned from Belize and I had a wonderful time. The pool was the best thing about the place as it was approximately 270 feet wide. I figured out early on that it took me 10 minutes to do 4 laps so every day, I tried to do at least 12 laps altogether. I could probably have done more than 4 laps at a time but I just didn’t have the interest to do more than that at one time.

Pool view showing the width

The one thing I didn’t know ahead of time about this resort was the length of time it took to get there. I had gotten up at 1:00 a.m. at home, picked up by the limo at 3:30 a.m. and boarded the plane in Toronto at 6:00 a.m. We were supposed to leave at 6:20 a.m. but the flight left Toronto an hour late at 7:20 instead of 6:20.

There was a stopover in Cozumel, Mexico and we were made to get off the plane so they could clean it and then we had to reboard it to get to Belize so we got to the main airport in Belize City around 1 p.m. And, then, much to my dismay, we were told that we were going to be flying from Belize City to Maya Village in a 12-seat Cessna! I hate flying and this was something that I wasn’t looking forward to (I’ve never been in such a small plane).

Cessna Caravan

Much to my surprise, I didn’t actually hate it until the descent started. It was then that it was buffeted about with some turbulence and I thought I was going to be sick. So, I just shut my eyes and concentrated on breathing. After we landed, I had a headache. The plane ride took about half an hour and then we were put in a shuttle bus and transported to the resort for another half an hour. We got to the resort around 2:15 and I was exhausted but we didn’t get our rooms yet. We were given welcome drinks and then shown the way to the pier to have some lunch. We finally got into our rooms around 3:15, at which point I had been travelling for approximately 12 hours and I was thoroughly exhausted. To no one’s surprise, I was in bed and asleep by 9:00 p.m.

Before, I left on vacation, I blogged about my plans while away and they were:

1. Exercise for a minimum of 1 hour every day
2. Indulge myself on the first full day (Tuesday) and then eat responsibly for the rest of the trip
3. Participate in as many of the BLC challenges as possible and record my points faithfully
4. Read a minimum of 5 novels

And, this is how I did:

1. The only two days I didn’t get an hour’s worth of exercise were the travelling days. On February 4th, I got no exercise although I did manage to get almost 8000 steps, which I thought was pretty good considering I spent a huge amount of the day sitting. And, on February 11th, I only got 40 minutes in because we had to leave the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for our trip home.

And, I actually got 2 hours on two days and 1.5 hours on a third day so I was happy with that.

2. The food part didn’t turn out so well as the fitness though. There wasn’t a lot of choice when it came to which dishes to eat. Each meal only had 4 or 5 dishes to choose from and only twice was there a green salad and once there was steamed veggies. The food served most often was different rice dishes and lots of chicken.

But, the good part was that the plates were huge and so typically, I didn’t go up for seconds. And, if you wanted dessert, most meals it was pineapple, papaya and watermelon and sometimes orange slices but a couple of times, they had different types of cake and I had that three times.

The best meal we had was grilled red snapper with coconut rice at the á la carte restaurant.

As for the drinking part, I had 2 pĩna coladas, 2 lime daiquiris and 2 chocolate monkeys plus one half-glass of red wine there.

The pool bar also delivered snacks to your chaise if you wanted to indulge. I had banana bread, nachos and pizza (all on different days).

3. I participated in all of the BLC challenges to the best of my ability and posted my points well within the deadlines. The hotel didn’t have a dedicated room for guests to use the hotel’s computers and I didn’t bring mine since most resorts do have this. However, I was given permission to use the concierge’s computer at the front desk after dinner on the days I needed to record my points and that’s all I used the computer for plus a couple of emails home.

4. I finished the 4th novel on the plane coming home. I didn’t reach my goal of reading 5 novels but one of the books was more serious than my normal reads and it took me 4 days to read. In my defence though, I also read 2 magazines. The books I read included:

• The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. This was a Teen Fantasy novel and it was really good. It’s the first book in a series and I can’t wait to read the next one.

• Snow Blind by P.J. Tracey. It was a good solid mystery and it was the 4th in the Monkeewrench series.

• The Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle. This was the more serious novel. It was set in Florence in the 1940s and in present day (2006) as well. The present day story was a mystery that related to the events that occurred in the 1940s. It was really good and I highly recommend it.

• The Alchemyst by Michael Scott. This teen fantasy was quite good as well. It took me a little while to get into it but once I did, I could barely put it down. It’s the first in the Nicholas Flamel series.

I also played Scrabble with my dad every night before dinner and won 90% of the games and even though he was an English professor, he’s not very good at playing strategically although he's better than he was last year.

And, of course I had a few naps as well. On Saturday, my dad decided he wanted to go to town because it was market day and asked me if I wanted to join him. I told him “no” because it’s been my experience that town is always a lot hotter than the resorts and partially because there’s no where to cool off in town like the pool or some shade and also because most towns only have a bunch of touristy shops that sell a lot of junk. But, he went anyways and regretted it. He said that he walked through the town for the first half hour and bought some presents for his grandkids and then he had 1.5 hours to kill before the hotel shuttle returned for him, which he spent in a café.

So, I’m glad I didn’t go with him.

The high points of the resort for me were the pool and the chaises. These chaises were the best ones I’ve ever seen at a resort. They were wooden with nice, thick pads. In fact all the furniture was made out of good, solid wood at the resort and the room we had a separate bedroom that my dad let me have and he slept on the futon in the living area.


Picture that hung over my bed

My dad’s favourite points of the week included the dining room at the end of the pier that we took most of our meals at, the pool and the gardens plus the nice floral arrangements on the tables in the dining room.

Pier Dining Room

My dad in the Pier Dining Room

The weird thing about this resort is that hardly anyone swam in the Caribbean Sea. There were rumours of stingrays, jellyfish and sea urchins so I decided to be cautious and avoided it but it’s really too bad because the Caribbean Sea is typically pretty warm and calm at this time of year.

The beach

So, that was my week. Sleeping, eating, swimming, exercising and reading. It’s a tough life, isn’t it?

My Dad and me in front of the hotel
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    Sorry not to catch up sooner...looks like a wonderful trip! That pool sounds heavenly!

    When will such places catch on to the fact that there are MANY of us customers who would highly value having a regular source of freggies at our meals?!?

    1939 days ago
    Oh, dear Lord! I don't think I would have made it through this week of roughing it you have had to deal with!! HAHA. It's gorgeous! And it looks deserted! What's up with that??

    Your father is a handsome man and you are looking good there, young'un! I hope you had the time of your life and it will get you through the rest of the cold you have left for the year.

    I think it is wonderful that you and your father get to vacation together. These years are his prime and you are there with him for every bit of it. I was leery of having my parents around every day, but they have been such a huge buffer between Di and I and they are so funny that I love having them here now. (Also helps that I will have a disability check coming to me soon and I can lend a hand and pay some stuff off for them so they can relax and travel some.)

    And if you need a travel buddy, I am free! HAHA

    Love and Hugs, Ang
    1944 days ago
    emoticon - all of it and you even participated in the WE Challenge - and some say it cannot be done!!


    I would have been with your dad on at the Pier Restaurant - that looks fabulous.

    Glad you had a great time - sounds relaxing!
    1954 days ago
    Wow, thanks for sharing with us!! That place looks and sounds amazing!! That is so cool that you got to take a trip like that with your Dad!
    1954 days ago
    emoticon Back! It sounds like you had a nice relaxing time, and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Except for the long traveling days.
    1954 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip with your father. Thanks for the wonderful pics and update.
    1954 days ago
    emoticon home! I missed you. You vacation sounds wonderful and just what you needed! I will be looking for a few of those books. I am glad you got to relax a bit and the resort looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
    1954 days ago
  • JMOUSE99
    Welcome back Joanna. The resort sounds wonderful, too bad it was so exhausting getting there. And emoticon on the swimming and the posting!
    1954 days ago
    It sounds like a lovely trip. Did you manage to sneak one of those chaises into your suitcase? They do look comfy. I'm glad you had a good time!
    1954 days ago
    Joanna, I missed you on the chat thread, so welcome back!

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation in an incredibly beautiful setting.
    1954 days ago
  • SRITHI97
    Welcome Back! glad you had a wonderful vacation and way to go with participating with the team challenges even on vacation! Awesome and you are a great warrior!
    1954 days ago
    emoticon home! Sounds like you had a great holiday. Awesome job at doing the challenges and participating with the team..You are a Warrior!! Pictures are great.
    1954 days ago
    emoticon back!!! Oh, that pool looks absolutely inviting. I believe that the restuarant on the pier might have been one of my favorites too. What a gorgeous setting to enjoy a meal. But then, the beaches look absolutely stunning too. Certainly too bad that you couldn't go swimming there due to the sealife.

    emoticon on your goals. You may not have met all the goals but I think you did make a emoticon attempt. emoticon commitment to your health!

    Sounds like you had a great vacation. emoticon for sharing with us.

    1954 days ago
    emoticon emoticon back!! emoticon I am happy that you had a nice vacation. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and all the details of your trip. Lots of reading....relaxing and exercise in the form of swimming emoticon
    and emoticon job on getting points for the team emoticon
    1954 days ago
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