Welcome to Armenia.
Just last week I had the privilege of going to a tiny, remote village in Belize called Armenia. To avoid confusion for the geographically inclined, Armenia is named after a place in El Salvador. It was settled by El Salvadorians. The place in El Salvador was long ago settled by Armenians. All confusion is now averted.
|All you need is good friends, good food and good memories <3|
The bus ride from Belmopan to Armenia was short and felt like only moments. One second we were on the bus, the next, Duck was walking us up a muddy path to his lovely, rustic home. Although it wasn't very big, and by all means, not up to North America standards...it was a place that poured out love. It was a family home. Modest yes, but so much was going on. The TV was playing, the youngest sister was running around the kitchen, the other sister was sitting in on the couch of their 3 bedroom wooden home sketching a picture of bird. The other sister ran around the home doing household chores, Duck's mother hustled around the attached kitchen speaking in spanish. Carlos and Duck were lost in a conversation of their own. Two dogs roamed in and out of the house. A cat purred and curled itself beneath my legs. This was Belize. The essence of Belize. There was no noise. Not a trace of city sound. Everywhere was a luscious green and the smell of freshness intoxicated my senses. The sky was grey and the wind was misty on my skin. I was so enthralled by my surroundings that I barely heard Carlos ask me if I wanted a beer.
We made our way down to the only bar in Armenia. I wasn't surprised when we were the only ones there with the inclusion of a few drunk old men. We ordered a round and the drinking began. Only moments passed when one of Duck's sisters had come to summon us to dinner.
|A real Belizian meal...|
|The top of the mountain|
****SIDE NOTE****Ryan ate a termite. He said it tasted like mint.
|A beautiful view in Armenia|
|At least we made it home in one piece...|
My suggestion: make friends. Locals will love you and take you in as their own. <3 Belize is an amazing place.
Peace and Love,