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About three weeks ago, Bob and I took our belated honeymoon in Belize.  We spent a week on Ambergris Caye, a small island just a 15 minute flight in a (tiny) plane from the mainland.  We stayed at Matachica, on the northern part of the island which is quieter and less inhabited than the southern portion where San Pedro, the only “town” to speak of on the island, is located.  San Pedro consists of three narrow streets, all about a half mile long, that are full of pedestrians and golf carts (the preferred method of transit on the island).  We only saw a handful of cars the entire time we were there and they were all taxis.

We spent most of our time on the beach or swimming in the pool and the sea.  We also got a lot of reading in and definitely caught up on our sleep.  And I tried paddle boarding for the first time, something I’d wanted to do for awhile.  The highlight of the trip was an afternoon snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley – which is exactly what it sounds like – and area full of nurse sharks and gigantic stingrays.  They were harmless and swam just inches from us.  We even got to touch them in the wild (the sharks felt like sandpaper and the sting rays felt like wet, slimy mushrooms).  We also saw sea turtles, eagle rays, lobster and a super long, super scary green eel.

Side note, our resort was just a few houses north of John McAfee’s place and we arrived the day after his neighbor was murdered.  We heard about it our first day there, at the bar, from two guests who had heard the gunshot (and met the now-deceased neighbor just days before).  A day or so later, it was all over the news and most of the major networks had descended on the island.  Dateline even filmed a segment on our resort’s grounds while we were swimming in the pool just a few feet away.  If you haven’t heard about this crazy story, you can learn more here.

view from the plane flying from Belize City to Ambergris Caye

view from the plane flying from Belize City to Ambergris Caye

Matachica

Matachica

the view north from Matachica's dock

the view north from Matachica’s dock

there were tons of crabs (and geckos) running around the resort

there were tons of crabs (and geckos) running around the resort

Pineapple Casita - our home for the week

Pineapple Casita – our home for the week

the inside of our casita

the inside of our casita

the infinity pool at Matachica

the infinity pool at Matachica

the hot tub and, my favorite part, lounge chairs IN the pool

the hot tub and, my favorite part, lounge chairs IN the pool

complimentary paddle boats, kayaks, bikes, snorkel gear & paddle boards

complimentary paddle boats, kayaks, bikes, snorkel gear & paddle boards

san pedro / ambergris caye

san pedro / ambergris caye

puposas at Warugama

puposas at Waruguma

Waruguma

Waruguma

san pedro / ambergris caye

san pedro / ambergris caye

jaguars - one of two nightclubs on the island

jaguars – one of two nightclubs on the island

Daddy Rock - the second nightclub on the island, although it wins #1 for creepiest club name

Daddy Rock – the second nightclub on the island, although it wins #1 for creepiest club name

palm tree love

palm tree love

sign in the belize city airport bathroom

sign in the belize city airport bathroom

I know it’s only Tuesday but I’m already counting down the hours until Saturday night when Boys Noize plays Chicago.  He was originally supposed to play the Aragon, which is one of the more fun and interesting venues in Chicago, but just this past week it got switched to the House of Rules – easily one of the least fun and least interesting venues in the country.  It’s basically the McDonalds of music venues – boring, rude and the exact same in every city.  While I’m more than a little bummed about the change, I’m still psyched for the show.  Check out “What You Want”, off his new album Out of Black, below.  It’ll wake you up better than a cup of coffee.