Written by; Gary Wonning
A native Belizian, almost 7 feet tall, greeted us as we pulled up in front of our humble abode, a two-story house with a picket fence in front. Immediately he asked where we were from after I had responded I was from Indiana I was surprised when he asked me if I knew Bobby Knight. I had seen a flurry of basketball goals on the way from the airport, it seems as if the modern day Mayas are still obsessed with basketball, as their ancestors practiced a rudimentary form of the sport centuries ago.
His second question set us back a little, “Do you want to buy any drugs?” Not being one that engages in that sort of activity, “No thanks.” was the reply. One can only imagine the quality of the jails in this tiny country. We had been warned that the same people who would try to sell us drugs, would also turn the buyer into the local authorities, thus earning a reward, getting the drugs back and re-selling them again to the next victim.
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The accommodations at our bed and breakfast, The Fort Street Hotel, were adequate, complete with a community bathroom. One soon learned to knock and holler before entering. Hemingway is reputed to have stayed here, but just as George Washington is said to have stayed at every house in New England, so Hemingway is said to have stayed in many places. In both cases , much of it is true. Settling in for the evening , dinner was the first thing on the agenda, Red Snapper wrapped in a banana leaf, with all the trimmings and a quart sized Margarita seemed to be a decent way to start our little adventure. Might as well enjoy the evening, tomorrow we venture out into the hinterland, hard to envision what adventure might await us in the land of the Maya.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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