¡Hola Guatemala! – The Sweet River

As you may remember from a previous post, last year I took my first trip across Belize’s western border to Guatemala. And after having waited so long to finally go there, I immediately realised how beautiful (and cheap) the country is, and how much I wanted to go back. After taking advantage of one of the many Belizean public holidays to revisit the jungle-covered and ruin-filled Petén department back in March, now it’s the Easter weekend, and time for another trip – this time to another place I’ve already glimpsed, the Rio Dulce, in the tropical south of the country. Continue reading


Two Men in a Boat

Let’s start this off with a confession.  The confession of a grumpy old man born before the Internet and mobile phones and the Web and the explosion of communications technology that we have today, the confession of an Englishman whose idea of meaningful communication is sitting silently with his family round the dinner table once a year: I don’t like Facebook that much.  There, I’ve said it.  Yes, I know everyone from your new-born baby to your 90-year-old Nan to the Queen to Jesus is on it; and yes, because everyone’s on it, it has become a very convenient way of keeping in touch with people.  It’s just taken me a long time to finally appreciate that.  Even now I don’t love it, and I certainly don’t spend as much time on it as many people I know do, but its uses are finally becoming more apparent to me. Continue reading

Easter Travels Part 2 – The Boat

Originally, I was going to write one blog entry about the entire Easter weekend’s travel adventures, which included both the hair-raising bus journey and a terrifying boat ride.  But clearly, once I found my literary ‘voice’, the material just wouldn’t stop flowing, so I’ve had to separate it into two parts.  And here’s Part 2: Continue reading