Greetings from San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, where it’s windy and raining. The weather has changed every few minutes since we arrived – welcome to the tropics. We’ve been bumping along pothole-riddled roads in our golf cart (which is exactly like the one we drive in Georgia, which is pretty strange – hearing that familiar engine rumbling in an unfamiliar place), ducking between rain showers as we shop for groceries and travel to Fido’s to hear Kelly play.
San Pedro is very much like Melaque, the town in Mexico I’ve visited on and off the last few winters. Just a little bigger, with a few more gringo-friendly restaurants and shops. There are partially-built buildings, nice resorts, a wide variety of restaurants and stores, paved streets, and not. Our condo is a couple of miles south of the downtown area, so I haven’t had the chance to wander around there yet. But we will. Sandy and I have plans to explore, shop, and sample local cuisine. I’ve already had my share of Belikin beer, ceviche, and lobster fritters.
We spent our first night here at Fido’s with over 100 of Kelly’s closest friends from all over the US and Canada, listening to him play under the biggest palapa I’ve ever seen. Great music, great food, great energy from the crowd. Kelly is truly at home when he’s down here – they don’t call him the King of the Island for nothing!
Anyway, I’m doing my best to get onto island time. I was at loose ends today, feeling like I should be doing something productive. Hanging out with friends, walking on the beach, sunbathing, sleeping late – it’s been a very lazy day. Fun, but unusual for me. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to relax more, and not feel this uneasiness about not working. I DID sleep 8 hours last night, which hasn’t happened in a long time.
We’re watching the Super Bowl tonight with new friends in our luxury condo. The rain is beating on the window, the palm trees are swaying in the wind, and we’re hoping it clears up in time for our snorkeling cruise tomorrow. And I have 5 more days to go!