Monday, July 16, 2018

Solo Tripping in Belize - Days 3 + 4

Y'all, this breakfast burrito and fresh watermelon juice were so delicious that I gobbled them up. I had asked to make sure there was no meat or animal fat in the beans but it must have been in the tortilla or something because I was very ill immediately following my meal (sorry, TMI?).
Luckily, I had a pretty laid back day planned and hung out reading by the pool for half the day, while watching these two German Shepherds play together.
Most people on the island use a golf cart to get around. I had booked some yoga classes and spa appointments that were way too far to walk to, so I rented my own for 24 hours.
I drove about a half hour to get to this beautiful yoga studio, Science & Soul Yoga, which is located inside this fancy real estate development called Mahogany Bay Village. The drive was a bit stressful, as my only other experience driving a golf cart was at an outdoor plant nursery, but it was a nice way to see more of the island.
I signed up for a beginner aerial yoga class, which I have always wanted to try. There were only two of us in the class. The other person wasn't really comfortable doing the moves, so she sat out mostly (and I recruited her into taking a photo of me; too bad she didn't get the next pose where I tipped forward from here!). The class was really fun and I basically had a private lesson for $20! 
The next morning, I drove to the other end of the island to another yoga class. I drove by this little outdoor food market and turned around to take a picture of this colorful shipping container.
Ak'BoL's entrance was so natural looking that I accidentally drove by it the first time. I drove my golf cart down a jungle path to the yoga retreat center.
While I waited on my class to start, I sipped on a freshly made papaya juice (I watched them cut up the fruit - yum!). I walked to the beach and spotted this guy sunning on the bridge.
Relaxing in a hammock before class started, with the second outdoor classroom in the distance, just to the left of the tree I was swinging on. There was a yoga retreat in session or we would've had our class out there on the water.
This is where our two-hour ashtanga class took place, with our mats in a circle and the instructor in the middle. I had no idea it was two hours long, so I actually had to duck out early to drive to the other end of the island for some spa time (I know, rough life).
If I ever go back to Belize, I am going to stay at Victoria House. In addition to having a beautiful spa, it also has an amazing restaurant, beachfront, pool, hotel and is super quiet. I really liked where I stayed, but it was on the party-end of the island with lots of bars and foot traffic - which as a solo traveler, I wasn't really in the market for.
After a Reiki massage (which enjoyed but the whole time I was trying to figure out if I actually felt anything) and a pedicure, I headed to lunch on the beach. The Spanish snapper ceviche was to die for, and the French 75, mojito, and grilled cheese w/fries rounded out my double lunch. It was by far the best food I had on vacation and figured I should just go for it.
The landscaping was also gorgeous, like this giant hibiscus. I enjoyed walking around the grounds before heading back to my hotel to drop off my golf cart and relax for the rest of the night reading my second whole book of the trip. One more day to go!

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