Christmas down here is a lot different to back in the UK ,as we drive around we see community activities taking place. There are parades with floats back logging the traffic and kids with smiling faces. The whole town gathers in the main square where the local mayor and church pastor talk to the community. It’s not like gathering outside the Town Hall for the Christmas lights switch on, in the good old “SLOP” staring down a bleak Bridge Street and disappearing after 30 mins cause it’s too cold and dreary! It’s an all day event over here. There aren’t people panic buying food or arguing over the last toy, everything is so relaxed. Parties are everywhere ..there are no Yates Wine Bars………………………………………
..(oh i miss you Stella ) or Litten Tree’s ( that dance floor wore out my knees) but gatherings down by the seaside with reggae music thumping out into the early morning . No police patrolling the streets or counciljob worth’s confiscating stereos at parties!………. It was very bizarre waking up on Christmas Day without a hang over… to a clear blue sky with a golden sun …. walking the dogs along the beach in my shorts and t-shirt. Bertlam brought his family down which caused a few drama’s ..Invasion of the night flies ( turning the light off helps) … Missing the last ferry back from San Pedro Island (the only place to night club and really party)on Christmas eve…. ( buy a watch) Attack of the night monster ( Dans snoring ) The fruit fly festival (eat the bananas as they ripen) and last but not least Bertlams car broke down in the middle of nowhere at night the day before he left ( a week in belize is a long time)!! Eventful to say the least!
Christmas day we went to a party and steamed pig was the centre piece there was a mixture of expats and local families all enjoying themselves ..a little drinking was involved too 🙂 .To get there we had to cross the hand cranked ferry it looks harmless but has claimed many lives over years ..people falling off into the water or cars rolling off the back..there is a big sign ALL PASSENGERS MUST GET OUT OF THEIR CARS …..Yep everyone generally sits in their cars …me personally i don’t mind facing the odd mosquito …we came back at night and crossed it ..now thats an experience !!!!!!!