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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

mexico, belize and one foot in guatemala




Hello All,
We are having a wonderful trip so far. We are staying in our 5th city and 3rd country. We started on Isla Mujeres and moved through Tulum, Mexico in less than a week. It was somewhat hectic and more expensive than we wanted it to be, but the beaches were magical and we got to sleep in hammocks and cabanas that were less than ten steps from the ocean.

We then travelled to Belize and found a whole new vibe and culture from Mexico. We spent nearly a week on Caye Caulker: a tiny island with friendly, laid back, creole speaking locals where the motto was "go slow." We snorkelled there with giant fish, sting rays & nurse sharks. On the snorkelling trip we met a new friend from London named Alex. He travelled with us to Placencia, Belize.

After having such a relaxing time on Caye Caulker we took off to Placencia, a small town in Southern Belize with calm waters & beautiful beaches. We spent 3 nights relaxing and preparing for our voyage to Guatemala. We also met a local man who had made a baby racoon his pet, we brought the rum & he cut us some fresh cocos and we sat on his porch listening to stories from his life. After a short stay in Placencia we sadly parted ways with our new friend Alex, who was headed back to Mexico, and spent about 10 hours traveling to Flores, Guatemala.

We are now in Flores, staying at an environmentally and politically concsious youth hostel (with a delicious vegetarian restuarant) called Los Amigos, we plan to stay for the next four days. Tomrrow we will experience the magical Maya ruins of Tikal, set in the jungle of Guatemala.

After Flores we will visit some caves and pools in a place called Semuc Champey & Lanquin. This place has been reccommended to us by several fellow travellers and although we didn´t have it in our original plans, we are excited to go here. Then we will move onto Antigua, Panajachel & Lago de atitlan. Semana Santa willl be in full swing in Antigua, & we will try to catch a day of it if we can.

Traveling is wonderful and and elightening and we are great travel companions, in love as ever. There is so much to experience here, so you have to remeber to go slow and not get caught up in the little things. It is easy to miss the comforts of home and family, but at the same time we feel so fortunate and excited to be able to have such an experience.

We miss you all & hope that some of you can make it to visit at some point.

e-mail us anytime and we will give you more personal updates.

pictures will be posted on picasa and we will send out links to the albums, so you can see first hand everything we are doing.

Love,

Max & Flora

Link to pictures...
http://picasaweb.google.com/106807961678551910359/MexicoBelize#

Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7

Here we are, 16 hours to go, watching the Oscars in Los Angeles before our first flight South, and barely able to sit still. Our bellies are filled with the nerves and excitement of two people who are about to embark on a 6 month trip without the confines of a plan, a trip that can lead us anywhere and show us everything. And it's hard to believe that the time has finally come.

Tomorrow we will be on the beaches of Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancun before heading off to Tulum! We hope to send out an update in a few weeks...

Our backpacks are filled to the brim but with only the necessary. Neither of us has ever lived so simply and that is part of the attraction. And for the next six months we will be embracing that which is outside of ourselves- off we go!

flora + max + exploration = flormaxation


Please visit the blog for updates and photos. :)

Love

Max & Flora