Expenses: July 2013

Another Summer Day on the Oregon Coast

Another Summer Day on the Oregon Coast

July was a whirlwind month, traveling through Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and part of the Northwestern United States.  It is an example of how we don’t want to travel, moving quickly from place to place, changing hotels multiple times, and without access to a kitchen.  As a result of this jet set month, we spent record amounts of money in nearly every category, particularly in transportation, food, and entertainment.

We started the month in Guatemala, visiting Semuc Champey, Rio Dulce & Livingston, and Tikal and Flores, then feasted on lobsters on Caye Caulker in Belize and swam with whale sharks near Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  Then on a whim we decided to spend the rest of summer in the Pacific Northwest.  Forecasts for large parts of Central America were for thunderstorms and excessive heat and humidity, while the forecast for Seattle was for sun and fun

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Swimming with Whale Sharks at Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Yours Truly Swimming with Whale Sharks!

Yours Truly Swimming with Whale Sharks!

The sea was tossing and the horizon was blue in every direction.  Everybody aboard was sick, slightly green in color and occasionally rushing to the bathroom or the nearest rail.  70 other boats jockeyed for position, their wakes adding to the turmoil.  The boat captain started yelling in unintelligible Spanish, pointing aggressively towards us and the side of the boat in turn.  Seconds later, we were face to face with a 20 foot long shark

3 times longer than ourselves, they glide gracefully through the water, effortlessly advancing at a speed that was difficult to mimic for long.  Curious, several times they swam within an arms reach of us, as if to say hello to the strange creatures that have visited their world

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Night Bus from Belize City to Cancun, Mexico




Night Bus from Belize City to Cancun Mexico

Daily Departures to Cancun!

ADO has a night bus from Belize City to Cancun, Mexico, with stops along the way in Tulum and Playa Del Carmen.  Unfortunately information on this bus service is limited and (sometimes) contradictory.  Even the website that ADO publishes for information is a dead end.  (www.adobelize.com)

We asked several tour operators on Caye Caulker and received different information from each on departure times, cost, and duration of the trip.  The only thing they agreed on was that they couldn’t sell us tickets

Hopefully this post will help future travelers take advantage of this great trip option, while minimizing hassle and stress.

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Caye Caulker, Belize

A Sunny Day at The Split

A Sunny Day at The Split

Avoiding the numerous chocolate milk colored lakes in the middle of a road made of sand, we make slow progress towards the other side of town.  A few super sized Americans on golf carts spray tourists and distracted locals alike as they charge forward at full speed, oblivious to the unhappy faces and wet and dirty people left in their wake.  The mosquitoes are already out in force.  Daily rain has provided unlimited breeding grounds.  None of this matters though, we are on our way to our 3rd lobster dinner in as many days.

Lobster season opened a few weeks ago, and we’ve been stuffing ourselves with lobster omelets, lobster burritos, and grilled lobster.  Lobster, lobster, lobster.  It was available in anything and everything, and for ridiculously low prices.  It was cheaper than fish, cheaper than pork, and cheaper than chicken.  This is probably what heaven is like (although I’m certain heaven has lobster ice cream as well) (more…)

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