Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1-27-2015 Road Trip to Belmopan

So, we needed to make a trip to Belmopan for an errand.  Word gets around here, and we learn that two friends also had things to do in Belize's capital city.  It is about an hour and a half drive there, and people regularly carpool here, so suddenly it was a road trip!  We left early in the morning, ran errands all day, and got back at dark.

The drive on the Hummingbird Highway is beautiful.  (Cara didn't have her camera in the right mode, so that's why you see
that ghost effect on the tree.)

The highway takes you through the mountains - an incredible sight.

The mountain jungles are dense and lush.

This concrete building in Belmopan (housing a pharmacy and other businesses) is typical of construction throughout Belize.

This is one of many areas of the Market in Belmopan.  (Market days are Tuesdays and Fridays.)

We ate lunch at some food stalls by the Market.  Eric had a meal of fish, beans & rice, salad and green bananas.

After Belmopan we continued on to the Mennonite town of Spanish Lookout.  Apparently, there is actually a sizeable Mennonite population in the country, and it's because of them that fresh milk and cheese are readily available throughout Belize.

We stopped at Farmers Trading Company, which is kind of like the Belizean/Mennonite version of Wal-mart.

We all found plenty of things we needed here, including some things we didn't know we needed until we saw them.

Yuri had to stop here for some car parts. This is definitely one of the most "modern" buildings we've seen here in Belize.

Right by the car parts store was this gas station that the rest of us explored.  In addition to the standard gas station
convenience store, this place had a restaurant that is hugely popular with the Mennonites, musical instruments, phones &
phone accessories, sporting goods (including snorkeling gear, of course), gym equipment, electronics, small kitchen
appliances, and MUCh more!  Janet got a toaster here, and we came out with a cold drink and a hummingbird feeder.

We stopped at Western Dairies for a treat of ice cream.  Their drive-thru (the first we've seen here) was closed due to this
construction.  Quite the expansion - they must be doing well.

The highways in Belize are really more like the countryside County Roads in the U.S.  The roads have no shoulder, no
lighting, and many of the bridges are one-lane.  In addition, there are no stop lights or stop signs, and you are likely to
encounter several pedestrians, dogs, and people on bicycles.

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