Well, I am now a paid-up, temporary citizen of Belize (until Sept 29th, that is.)
It was not without its challenges, however.
The first was finding the revenue centre which is up a dirt-alleyway, only to be faced with a set of STEEP stairs. Verdict: NO F’ing WAY!
Being a government revenue agency, however, I was certain they would have a way to get this done, so I sent my cab driver, Jose, upstairs to inquire.
Yes, I could send Jose upstairs with passport and money ($50 BZD) and they would stamp it. Now, Jose was from the hotel and highly recommended, so up the stairs he went and I became a temporary citizen. 🙂
The 3rd photo is of a fish-cleaning stand. The chap in the red sweater is Tony, and he and his partner (opposite) have a thriving fishing-excursion business – enhanced by their own lobster traps ($600 BZD).
When they return, they clean and cook the fish and lobsters and have a shore-lunch at Jambel’s (the patio-restaurant I frequent.)
Needless to say, with all the fish guts etc. being tossed around, the birds – frigate birds, gulls, and pelicans have a feeding frenzy (photo #4). I am amazed by the size of the frigate birds. Originally I thought they were the size of gulls, but they are much bigger.
The 5th picture is “Herman” the pelican. He has his own perch, and woe to any gull that dares occupy it. 🙂