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Getting Stamped in Belize

On this trip I HAD to get my passport stamped. I have never felt like an “official” traveler because my passport remained blank.

So I shamelessly, tracked down where to get my passport stamped in each port. (there is so much more than traveling that stamps, but I just HAD to do it!)


I suceeded in Honduras & Belize, but Mexico I didn’t which is ironic as I have visited Mexico multiple times but never been stamped.

Anyhow, I asked everyone where to go get stamped in Belize… it took me forever to find it.

Finally I found it. I loved it, it was so small, and the lady that stamped my passport was so sweet. Which just confirmed that Belize may have the best people in the world!



and look I get to strike something else of my bucket list…


Book Review Sunday


The more I read this series the more I love it.

I am NOT a huge fan of erotica fiction. I knew when I started the series that this would happen, but I kept reading and said I would stop reading.

Under normal circumstances this one scene would have made me stop, however it did not and I have already started burnt offerings.

I just can’t get enough of Anita Blake & Jean Claude. I love this series and I have no clue why I am just now reading the series.

This story did not have a lot of police drama, but then again someone is after Anita, and has hired a hit man.

This might be the only plot line that I kinda had an issue with. I figured it out the instant we found out an assassin was after her yet Anita did not. I found that unlikely.

But then again she was dealing with two beyond sexy boyfriends, so maybe she was distracted.

Like I said I can’t get enough of this series, and will continue to push through and read the series.

This book gets 5 stars for sure!

Belize Instantly Stole My Heart

Belize was the second port of call we visited on the cruise.  After an amazing day zip lining in Honduras, I knew Belize was going to have big shoes to fill.  I expected to like Belize.

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What I did NOT expect was to fall in love with Belize the minute I stepped off the boat.


It was instantaneous, the moment I stepped off the boat onto another, it was as if a jolt of electricity went through me, and I felt like I was home.

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I am not well traveled and I suspect I will have many other places in my life I get this feeling.  I have had one other experience like this in my 31 years, that experience being the moment I stepped off the bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC 8 years ago.

So when I had this feeling I knew I would love every moment of Belize.

It was stormy, it was cloudy, there was not a single ounce of sunshine… but I knew Belize would be amazing.


It was love at first sight, and I only had 10 hours to make the best of it.

We went snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef.  Sadly I didn’t take very many pictures of this adventure because I do not have a waterproof camera, but the Belize Barrier Reef was amazing.  It was magical.

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The people of Belize were the most breathtakingly beautiful people I have ever met.  I have never met so many genuine passionate kind people at one time…

What can I say? I have been completely enchanted by Belize, and you better Belize I will be back 😉

Zip Line = Panic Attack

Zip lining through the jungle has been on my bucket list for quite sometime.   My parents told me to pick the excursion for Honduras… I went for zip lining… after getting my dad on board, he is the one that I was expecting to be wary, (he wasn’t!), it was time to get pumped up to scratch something else off my bucket list.

When we arrived in Roatan, we had to take a drive through the Island, it took a little time, so my nerves started to get the best of me. I kept thinking that I was  nervous about zip lining… I mean you are on a cord in the jungle… and you just zooooommmm.

We arrived to Monkey Trail Canopy, and I noticed immediately how fresh the air was & more importantly how lush the jungle is.  It was breathtaking. I can do this, I kept repeating to myself.

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I quickly snapped pictures. Took a deep breath and went over to get outfitted for the tour.

I was all smiles.. This is Matthew/
I was all smiles.. This is Matthew/

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Need less to say while I was getting ready I was starting to panic.  I remember thinking oh my god, I HAVE to be nice to these two dudes, because my life is practically in their hands, and if I piss them off they could mess up!.


I know silly Jen.


I carried on conversations with both of them and quickly realized that I would be fine, and to stop panicking life is all about experiences… and hell you are here, might as well zip line down.


I even got to know the man to the left, his name was Matthew, he is why I love traveling. Meeting locals.  I firmly believe meeting can make a trip most memorable. I often forget sights, but I never forget people I have met.




So after I was all suited up, it was time to go on the tour but first we had to cross this bridge….

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Umm come again? Last time I walked across a bridge like this I was hooked on… and it was at Disney… and honestly I didn’t worry about it because I was at DISNEY and you know that was safe… what if I fall… My 80 year oldself was screaming in my head… CHILL OUT, QUIT BEING STUPID AND GO!

Who is going first? My mother asked.

Me! I practically shout, I knew I had to go first or I would never go…

So I go up to the guy… and look down.  That was dumb.

Jump.  He tells me.

Huh? what? you can’t be serious? You want me to jump?

Yes jump….

this was the moment I lost it…

No I can’t jump, you are supposed to hook me up. I am not jumping.  

He then says I won’t let go of you until you are ready…

I jump…

He laughs…

The people behind us in line were shouting words of encouragement, It is going to be ok, you can do it! 

At this point I was pretty much having a near on panic attack, my feet couldn’t touch the ground I started kicking, desperately trying to touch the ground… Just feel the world beneath my foot… The man is holding on to me tightly…

You promise you won’t let go until I am ready?

I promise. Said the nice Honduran man.

He Lied. 

and it was the best lie a man has ever told me…

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As you can see by my smiles… I was having the time of my life. We did 12 lines.  Each time I stopped, I almost took out the person there to catch me, but eh I survived.

safe and sound at the bottom!
safe and sound at the bottom!

I even was able to steady my hand enough to take pictures of these beautiful tropical flowers…

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I can’t wait to zip line again, it was amazing!