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November 2017: Shamal is on the hard in Guatemala.Mum and Dad are home in New Zealand till Jan. 2018. *ATTENTION PLEASE* if you are still interested in receiving the posts, could you please subscribe to the Blog following the two step process in the right hand column, so that new posts are emailed to your inbox. As of next year the reminder emails that are being sent out will cease. Thanks to all of you for following our Adventures.

26 March 2018

Guatemala


Spanish Fort entrance Lake Izabal
Hello Again

 
Where are we, and what are we up to???

Spring is on its way
 
Yes it has been a very long break away from SHAMAL this time round, but we are now back on the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, and SHAMAL is about to be put back in the water at long last.

Fonteras
 
Fronteras
We departed New Zealand on the evening of 24th January and flew to Houston, then on to Newark to visit with our family and see the Grandchildren again.  On the 6th February we flew down to Miami, then on to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.  This airport is closer to the Rio Dulce than Guatemala City.  We had booked a shuttle to take us from the airport directly to the Marina, a trip which is done frequently by this company.  We were to be met at the airport by one of those guys holding up a sign with our name on.  Ha Ha.  Something went wrong as he had been double booked, we found out later.  Having no phone contact with the company, we were able to email them to be told, don’t worry, someone is coming.  Two long hours later a woman arrived in her own 4x4 to take us – well that is what we thought.  Off we set.  About an hour into the drive she pulls off the highway and informs us that this is as far as she is going.  Well that is what we think she said as she only spoke Spanish, and our Spanish is less than limited!! We are to wait and someone else will take us.  Thank goodness she did not just leave us on the side of the road.  We sat for another hour in her 4x4 till the next driver arrived in his minivan.  This is when we found out about the double booking.  The company had forgotten to inform him of our arrival.  Oh well never mind – all part of life’s little adventures. 

21 December 2017

Christmas in New Zealand


Hello Everyone

 
Back Country Nth Is. New Zealand

Well it is that time of year again when we send out our Best Wishers to you all for a Very Happy Christmas, and a Safe And Prosperous New Year.  Where ever you are, do enjoy this season and take care.  Thank you all who have kept in touch with us over the year and passed on your news to us.  It is always fun and interesting to hear what others are up to.
 
Moving Stock Nth Is. New Zealand

The Commander and I are down in New Zealand for the festive season having left SHAMAL out on the hard in a marina in Guatemala. The main reason for this trip was so I could sign up for our New Zealand pension.  One has to be in the country to do so.  Thanks to all the hard work done by our Shore Manager – son Murray, the process went smoothly.  So, that will help with our budget for this next season. We will be spending Christmas Day with Alec’s side of the family, and then New Year with my brother John and his wife Noelene in the city of Napier – about a five hour drive from us.

01 November 2017

Belize to Guatemala - And our near tragic accident.



Reef from Shamal, San Pedro
 
Back Again, Yes And I Am Very Late With This Report

Monday 26th June
 

Hello Everyone

 

We are now sitting off San Pedro on Ambergris Cay.  This is the most northern Cay and the most visited destination in Belize.  It is 24 miles long and cut off from the Mexican Yucatan mainland by an age old canal first dug by the Mayan people, and, more recently, dredged by Mexico to give access for small boats into and out of Bahia Chetumal.  It forms part of the border between Mexico and Belize.  Belize, formally known as British Honduras, with its Anglo-Caribbean culture sets it apart from its Spanish speaking Central American neighbours. English is the official language, but English, Creole and Spanish are widely spoken. As our Spanish is limited, it was nice to be able to converse with the locals again.

 
San Pedro

The Yucatan Peninsula, including Belize, has a fascinating  history, starting with the Maya people who it is believed first lived in this area around 2600 B.C. in what is now present-day southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and western Honduras. They rose to prominence around 250 A.D. Then around 900A.D. their empire started to decline for reasons which are still a great mystery today.  They abandoned their city leaving the jungle to consume and hide what was an elaborate and well organised way of life.  At some point we will do some inland travel to visit one of these ancient sites.