28.12.2012 - 07.01.2013 28 °C
We rang in the new year spending days by the aqua waters off Cancun with our bodies covered in white dust from the sandy beaches, and the nights sipping rum from the balcony overlooking the white sandy streets. We bumped into Aussies Ben and Jack yet again (as you do) so felt it necessary to stay a few extra nights and celebrate the four of us.
Tulum was the last stop in Mexico where we picked up bikes and cycled under the unrelenting rays to seaside Mayan ruins and then swam the Cenotes (water filled underground caves) until our blood had finally cooled down. The hostel was by far the worst Casa del Sol (House of the Sun) which We agreed would be better described as House of the Scum.
The trek to Belize is tough - 12 hours of heat, and waiting, and military with AK47s and sniffer dogs, and waiting, and heat. By the time we got there the rain had set in as well as the night, without a bed left on the island... Almost! After an hour in the dark and rain and our Backs near breaking from the weight of our packs the decision was quickly made to take the last luxury suite on the island when in our last ditch for a bed turned to us being offered a mattress on the veranda of a local mans caravan. Thankfully we were with Lucy and Teo who bunked in with us where we enjoyed a night of Chinese food, belizian beer, AC and cable TV lah-di-dah!
The next day we swam with sharks and sting rays in the second largest barrier reef in the world to... Australia!!!! i said you'd better Belize it! I won't say anymore the pic says it for us.... PS this was taken moments before 3 big sting rays made aim at me thinking I had food. I tried to scramble back into the boat legs first almost drowning myself in the process the thought over and over in my head Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin... Just as the full panic set in, through my water filled goggles I see the men on the boat peering down laughing at me in the mini tidal wave I was causing.... I quickly realised that the danger I was in was slim to none- other than maybe drowning myself and I swam off.