December 8, 2003

We're Back

Weíre back! And itís cold and dark here.

Yesterday we were on Caye Caulker off the coast of Belize. To get home we flew to Belize City, then to San Salvador, then on to Guatemala City. We stayed in a Five Star hotel in Zone 10 for 90 dollars and were waited on hand and foot while people lived in shacks a mile away. We felt like jerks, but were also amazed at what 90 dollars can buy in the third world. Today we flew to Houston and then to Portland. For two days my world was airport lines, custom forms, baggage checks, and cramped seating. Itís been some time now since our house has felt so cozy.

I didnít write about Belize because there is a lot less to say about it than Guatemala. And also because once we got there I no longer felt like writing. We stayed for a week on a tiny island with no cars. The roads were made of sand. We snorkled the reef, rode rented bikes around and basically sat on our asses in the sun. It was grand. Belize is an extremely pleasant place to be still for a while and not do a whole lot. Guatemala isnít at all relaxing, but it certainly isnít boring. I heartily recommend both countries for completely opposite reasons.

Iím sure there is some news out there that Iím supposed to have opinions about, and Iíll be sure to let you know what I think of everything when I figure out whatís going on in the world. Iíll also post some photos when I get my camera unpacked.

Thanks for keeping an eye on America for me while weíve been gone. Iím glad to see it didnít burn down.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at December 8, 2003 11:22 PM
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