|We finally arrived and checked into our home for the next two nights, called African Place Hotel.|
|The view from one end of the shared balcony|
|One of the buildings near us that housed more hotel rooms.|
|After settling into our rooms everyone went out to explore. It rained all night, though, so many people had to stop and find rain|
gear. Dorla found a bright yellow raincoat, perfect to go with the Garifuna colors of yellow, white and black.
Friday night was supposed to be the big music night, but it rained all night long, which kind of put a damper on things. Plus, Trevor's band and other musicians didn't make it to Livingston. So, we largely hung out with our frieds under one big tent near the hotel where there was music, but sadly not live music. Cara did walk with the ladies to the beach area where stuff was supposed to be going on, but nothing was happening. We went to bed about 1 am (early by Garifuna standards), but everyone else managed to stay up all night and find enough stuff to do.
|The next day was still rainy off and on, but we went out exploring. Above a beach was this statue of the founder of the village.|
|The beach below looked a little wet, so we didn't bother going down.|
|We saw a pig roaming wild through the street, and it wasn't the first one we had seen.|
|We went down to a different beach area, where stuff was supposed to but didn't happen the night before, and wandered around |
there for a bit.
|We noticed another statue on a small island in the sea.|
|A little further we saw a parade getting ready to start.|
|The people in Livingston were very friendly to us, and we felt perfectly safe walking around, but the armaments on all the |
houses in the village seem to tell a different story.
|Another parade going by..|
|This is the same truck that had been giving out free food.|
|We walked down the big hill to where all the boats land and depart.|
|There was a nice big park there, and under this pavilion some sort of raffle was going on.|
|Near the park we ran into a new friend, Barry, and walked around with him, his sister and friend.|
|In our wanderings we came across two adorable little girls in their traditional Garifuna dresses, and Barry wanted to take|
|One girl ran instantly crying to her mother's side, and the other just wasn't so sure about this guy and what he was doing.|
|We were also trying to find out where Mohobub was supposed to give a concert at 5 pm.|
|We were directed to a hilltop venue that everyone was calling a "museum".|
|We don't know about the museum part, but it was a very cool building.|
|Us with Mohobub Flores, the Belizean musician we had come to see.|
|When everyone had been waiting, two little girls had gotten used to playing in the faux rock |
feature in the center of the stage, and one stayed on playing while the first artists came out and
|Sunday morning aftermath at one of the big tents where we hung out. It was a muddy mess.|
|The night before tents like these had women cooking big meals along the back, and tables out front for guests. Now it was the |
dogs' turn to find food there.
|We arrived safely back in Punta Gorda, Belize, then headed home to Hopkins, having made new friends, and having had a |
wonderful time despite the rain and power issues.