Sorry about the formatting – working off a netbook with very limited screen space and the blogging interface doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with aligning the images!

Tonight is our last night on Ambergris Caye. Tomorrow we head back to the mainland where we pick up a car and drive to the Mayan ruins of Tikal in the Guatemalan jungle. After a couple of nights there, we will head back to Belize and the Pine Mountain area to explore some of the Belizean rainforest and visit the Mayan ruins of Caracol. We hope to get to a number of other interesting ruins in Mexico when we head that way later on.

Had a great time diving here – water very warm and clear (except after the storm). We did a number of dives including a night dive. Got to play with nurse sharks, see rays, octopus, crabs, conch, lobsters, jellyfish, moray eels, sea turtles, urchins as well as a host of colorful fish of all sizes. Got to go face to face with some large grouper (after having had grouper for dinner the previous night).

Also spotted a number of interesting animals while on land, including a crocodile, bats, and iguanas.

Food has been very good – lots of fish or chicken cooked simply but very tasty. Our favorite restaurant, pictured below was “Hidden Treasure” which we found through Trip Advisor. Great chicken with pineapple, ginger and peanut sauce.

We took a walk over the toll bridge to the north side of the Caye. This mostly seems to be newer and more upscale developments. There is a local law that no building can be more than 3 stories tall, so consequently there are no huge high rise resort style hotels. Also although tourism is the mainstay of the economy here, it has not displaced the locals, so the town (San Pedro) is not some gentrified resort ghetto. Everyone seems very relaxed and friendly here.

Don’t have a lot of the rest of the trip planned in detail, although we have some ideas about what we want to do. We’ve booked our last night in Belize (before we head to Mexico) to spend at the Belize Zoo lodge, which includes a nighttime tour of the zoo when the animals are much more active. Should be a lot of fun.

Got to speak to Ben in Seattle this evening, where he is doing an internship with Microsoft. He sounds like he is having a great time. The interns had a private show of Cirque de Soleil with free concessions. Sounds like he is getting the red carpet treatment! We miss him, but are very proud of all he is doing this summer.

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