With all the excitement of the last few days and planning the wedding in a village with no modern means of communication we were again humbled.
The only time we could think of in our lives that had been similar was when we were kids and if you had a question for your friend or someone nearby you got on your bike and went to find them and ask the question. To make plans with our friends we would arrange to be at the phone box at a certain time to receive the call or we would make plans when we were together at school.
Now we all have a mobile phone at the end of our arms and can be in instant contact with anyone anywhere in the world! Its such an amazing contrast. I don’t feel that either way is better than the other, just a completely different way of living.
We started the day after the wedding with fry-jacks and coffee and hit the road…back to the garage! Peggys rattle that had been cured only 2 days before had come back with a vengence!
We stopped at a garage and while the boys were tinkering about with Peggy, Alex had the idea of taking a few pictures amongst the rotting cars with weeds growing out of their engines. You know, wreck the dress…among the wrecks!
As we knew she would, Maya loved the idea and after we had asked the bewildered garage owner I got dressed and paddled into the boggy, saturated field full of rusting old cars. The sun shone properly for the first time in days but the clouds still loomed with a threat of rain. The forgotten, neglected vehicles with their innards strewn all around made a fantastic contrast to the soft, flowing Tabitha gown and the whole idea was perfect…until Alex asked me to get into the boot of a rotting car…but…why not I guess!
We had great fun with Alex standing by with a huge bubble wand while we paddled about in the muck and rust. The mechanics just looked at us like we were absolutely crazy…can’t blame them really!
Once Peggy was bandaged up (her front support bar had completely snapped in two) we bagged Tabitha back up and hit the long road back to Belize. Again we talked all the way back stopping only for a coffee in the cutest little coffee shop in the middle of nowhere.
We had a farewell beer with Maya and watched her board her tiny plane and drove to the nearest camp to collapse and reflect!
Maya was fantastic and I loved that even with a sewn up leg she was willing to jump in the waterfall, climb the rocks, paddle in muck and filth all in the name of getting the shots! I saw a house in PG that I LOVED, made Alex do an emergency stop to get out to take a pic and Maya took one for me too and made it beautiful!
As I say every time, and I MEAN it every time, there aren’t the words to Thank Conch Creative enough. The commitment you showed us in the face of adversity, emotion and the damn pain in the butt drive the length of the country…TWICE is remarkable and honourable!
We also can’t thank the TEA Belize enough for their help, for inviting us into their homes and for opening our eyes!
Again, thanks to this wedding we are lucky to have made great friends in Reyes and Luciana, in Maya and Colette and we have expanded our knowledge of life and the way we live it! This wedding has been more than a celebration of love, friendship and unity but also a real life lesson that we will never ever forget.