My final day arrived before I knew it. It was time to say goodbye to island life and Lindsay. Lindsay was staying for another week in beautiful Belize, while I had to go home back to my regular life. Part of me was ready to return back to Maine with its cool spring weather, but the other part of me wanted to stay in Central America. The more I travel in Central America, the more I fall in love with Latin America culture and geography. For a small region, it’s extremely diverse and colorful.
I woke early to pack and shower. Takeoff from the tiny Caye Caulker airport at the end of the island was promptly at 9:15am. I needed to be at the airport by 8:45am or else I would be left behind with no refund. Lindsay really wanted to try Glenda’s Cafe that she read about in her guidebook. It was nearby the airport so we decided to spend my last meal with her at the small cafe. The cafe was located in the woman’s clapboard home and served traditional Belizean food with a side of a cinnamon roll. I chose a breakfast sandwich and Lindsay chose the scrambled eggs. Both meals were delicious and filling. I enjoyed it because I knew my next meal would be in the Atlanta airport between my flights.
After breakfast, I said goodbye to one of my best friends. We spent a glorious 8 days together and now we have many memories for the years to come! I walked the 10-15 minutes down the sandy back road to the airport. I passed children walking or riding their bikes to school in their school uniforms. The children smiled and waved as I walked by them. I arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare. I was handed my ticket and waited in the air-conditioned waiting room. It felt amazing in the heat and humidity of Belize!
My small plane arrived a few minutes late and almost packed from picking up passengers from Ambergris Caye first. The flight was only about 7 minutes and I will admit that I’m actually afraid of flying! I’m not sure why I chose to take the island hopper vs. the water taxi, but the views were well worth it. Unfortunately I was stuck in the rear seat between two men. We were on the ground before I knew it.
I grabbed my bags and headed to the ticket counter. There was a line so I decided to get my ticket from the machine. I then waited in line at customs only to be told that I needed to go to the Delta ticket counter to get my plane ticket stamped by an official. So much for being sneaky and trying to reduce my wait time! I had no problems after that. Soon I was waiting for my plane to arrive to head back to US soil.
My flight to Atlanta was uneventful. We arrived on time and I made it through US customs and immigration with no problems. They have since changed things from the last time I flew international through Atlanta. The process is mostly automated now and much faster than waiting in long lines!
Once passed customs I grab a wrap and Starbucks to wait for my flight to LGA to take off. All my flights were on time and uneventful. I made it home to Portland a few minutes early to a very happy dog! As soon as I was home I was ready to hit the sack because I had to return back to my real life and job!
My short trip to Guatemala and Belize was filled with amazing memories and experiences. It has certainly awakened my inner travel bug and now I’m itching to get back on the road. At least I can quench my thirst with Spanish lessons and a trip to the Azores Islands in November. Not to mention some big travel plans for 2015…. 🙂