Today we went on a boat, bus, taxi and plane.
Almost there thankfully – to early for vibrating boat can’t wait to get on the bus to Belmopan.
Off we go in search of the chicken bus – was not hard to find Novelo’s bus station a bout a 15 minute walk from the water taxi. We took the 7 am boat and were able to catch the 9 am bus. Boat cost us $30 for 2 one way and the bus was $8 one way for both of us – a guy comes around to collect the money after you sit down no advance tickets.
We made it to Belmopan for just after 10 am – it was very easy to find the Department of Immigration. I am standing at the counter waiting to see what comes next and how long we have to wait for out interviews. I am not moving I do not want to be out of sight out of mind. I just got asked to move to the aside ha ha – luckily a seat opened up right in front of the counter.
I hope we pas through quickly and easily as I do not want to stay overnight. Paul just told me to think happy thoughts, we are both a bit tired and hungry – I do not feel to eat in the office though will wait a bit.
We just got told to come back for 1 pm so we decided to go for a walk and find Chap at the new book store.
1pm back in the office again … 1:20 pm still waiting.
Our interviews were relatively short it was all the waiting that had us catching the 3 pm bus with minutes to spare – that meant standing room only for a bit until some school kids got off and we were able to sit. I sat beside Felipe a guy from Orange Walk who was on his way back home after work. We chatted a bit he showed me pictures of his kids and I shared my sandwiches with him and the extra bottle of water we had.
Speeding back to Belize city but not speedy enough – we arrived at the same time as the last boat was leaving (4:30pm) . Met a cab driver right away and he said $10 bzd to take us to Municipal – we asked him out of curiosity how much to cab to Belmopan and he said about $125. We had to wait for the 5:50 flight to San Pedro – tickets cost us $37 usd each person more than the boat but worth it to get back to our beloved Island instead of staying overnight – another bonus is I get to take some areal shots. We have 45 minute wait for our flight and I so want a nap.
Got up in the air for 5 minutes then landed at Goldson airport to pick up 4 more people – up up and away we are heading for home.
Have quarters for the bathrooms and possible extra tp or kleenex if you think you might need it. I paid 50 cents at the water taxi terminal and the girls at the bus station did not want to make change for Paul – while I do feel I was given more than enough toilet paper I could see how in some cases one might want a bit more.
Bring water and a packed lunch or snacks – I found it helpful that we did not have to think about when and where we could grab a bite to eat.
Get a seat early on the bus or you may have to stand for a bit.
Be prepared in case you need to stay overnight or change modes of transportation- we ended up missing the last boat and caught a cab over to Municipal Airport to catch a plane.