Michael Totten

We're Back

We’re back! And it’s 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. It’s been some time now since our house has felt so cozy.
I didn’t 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 isn’t at all relaxing, but it certainly isn’t boring. I heartily recommend both countries for completely opposite reasons.
I’m sure there is some news out there that I’m supposed to have opinions about, and I’ll be sure to let you know what I think of everything when I figure out what’s going on in the world. I’ll also post some photos when I get my camera unpacked.
Thanks for keeping an eye on America for me while we’ve been gone. I’m glad to see it didn’t burn down.