Dear Hubby (DH) and I have returned for our 6th or 7th (depending on who you ask) One week only this time, so we knew we had to pack a lot in a little time. Here's how it's gone so far:
The AA flight from Tulsa to DFW started out badly because a passenger saw a puff of smoke come out the engine. Delayed about 40 minutes (it was exhaust), I called ahead and let DFW know we would be delayed. After landing, we took the train instead of walking, as recommended by the crew. Ran from the train to our gate where they were holding our flight and greeted us with smiling faces. We apologized to everyone on board and were pleasantly surprised how supportive and friendly they all were. The flight from DFW to BZE was uneventful. Landed and found out none of our bags made it on the plane...went to Miami, Florida instead. Yikes!!! Checked in with the lost baggage desk and were assured our bags would be on a Tropic Air flight the next morning at 11. (yea right) We quickly made it through entry, purchased items from duty free, then went through customs with no problems. Got to the Tropic Air desk to check in. Remember at Tropic, all your bags are checked except for the small personal carry ons, so shift whatever you are uncomfortable with checking out of your carry ons. The planes are small the there is little room, except on your lap. At the plane, customs handed us our duty free items. The Tropic flight was uneventful, but provided gorgeous views, as usual.
Walked a couple of blocks from the Tropic terminal to our condo and checked in, assured they would go get our bags at the Tropic terminal the next day and deliver to our room. I'm about 50-50 on whether all these moving parts are going to end up in our favor.
Our unit was glorious, as usual (more on that later), but we don't have time to enjoy it. Quick shower, change out of flight clothes, and hoof it to Wet Willys for the cocktail party, meet and greet, for those of us with tickets to attend Jerry Jeff Walker's 'Camp Belize' this week. It's always fun talking, drinking rum punch, and hanging out on day 1. Stopped on the way back at Lily's on the beach and shared conch ceviche. Delicious! Ordered rum punch, but did not like them.
Made our way back to the condo, spent some time relaxing on the balcony breathing in the night air, listening to the wind blow the palm trees, trying to forget the hubbub that is life back home, the lost luggage, slowing our pace, realizing our hearts never left this magical place. (to borrow a phrase from a JJW song)...
Hey come away to Belize with me, show you how simple life can be
Long hazy days in the sun,
Where it seems everyone has a smile when we meet
Under blue skies and emerald seas, warm winds and those coconut trees
They say your heart never leaves, once you've been down to BelizeEdited: 26 January 2012, 18:52