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Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

July 31, 2014

We arrived home safe and sound after a LONG day of traveling. Bags were packed and ready by 6 a.m. at Southwater Caye. There were many tears shed as we said goodbye to our island home, and thank you to our friends Nathan, Bernadette and Ron. After a beautiful boat ride to the mainland, we quickly boarded the bus for the drive to the airport. Although we had given away our school supplies and gifts for the zoo, our bags were laden with hot sauce, slate carvings, and crafts from Maya Center. 

When we got near the airport we were joined by Miss Lydia Wade of Crooked Tree. She used to work at Warrie Head Lodge which was the base for this experience for many years. Now she makes her livelihood by selling cashews from her farm. We had learned of the arduous process of cleaning and roasting cashews on our first day in Belize. Each nut has to be roasted in a fire to get off the outside husk which contains oil similar to poison ivy. And then it is shelled, roasted and slated before going to market. We were saddened to learn that someone had broken in and stolen 9 bags of her cashews, a significant portion of her income. And yet she still had bags of cashews for each of us to take home.

Her generosity brought many of us to tears. She exemplifies the warm generous nature of Belize, and reminds us that our friends and families are what is important in life.

 

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  1. adrienne palma permalink
    July 31, 2014 2:03 pm

    Glad everyone had a great time!!! Belize is truly a special place.

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