CARIBBEAN

CHAPTER 25 – the HARD TROPICS FAMILY REUNION

It was beautiful that we all managed to meet from around the world on this tiny island in the Caribbean.

FAMILY REUNION

We did however leave Belize with mixed feelings. Although we were beyond excited to see the family, returning to the hard tropics felt like a step backwards. We’d just explored the Yucatan in our brand new GG Van aka the TANK and were enjoying our new home on wheels.

It was amazing though. We climbed waterfalls, swam in the crystal clear blue water and with the stars, had daily barbecues on the patio of our villa, hours & hours of chit chat, beach days, pool days and a lot of lazy afternoons.

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We decided on meeting in Mo Bay because of the international reggae festival. However, we attended one show and were horrified (see video) thus the sisters and aunties went at it alone. We would listen to the chaos at night from the comfort of our villa (yes – it was that loud). Of course we still managed to have our adventures, even with mothers, aunties and sisters around.

 

Jenna: I was like a child awaiting my mother and her bff’s arrival. On edge at the airport with margaritas in hand, minute by minute flight track updates.. We had our beloved Adrian (taxi man) waiting across the street to charter us to our new home, the villa by the bay. Spoilt camping perhaps? We deserve it. Boom.

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Luke: My sister and Aunt arrived the following day and this is where our story begins… We were sat by the water’s edge on a jetty tracking my sister’s flight as it came in to Montego Bay in front of our eyes. With the canoe already prepped Jenna and I were ready to set off against the tide across the bay. Jenna had never canoed before so that meant that I would be the driving force to get us to my sisters all-inclusive place of residence.

Jenna: We nearly got arrested for trespassing with our canoe, legged it out of the hotel whilst being chased by security and made a swift getaway from the complex. And so… a battle ensued. We spent the next few days at war with the Jamaican Mafioso. In the end we scored a lavish dinner out for the six of us, triumphantly canoed across the bay (see video below) and were smothered in apologies. Heads rolled.

Luke: Bastards!!!!! Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Jenna: Needless to say the first half of our trip was centered on getting this canoe back for the man we borrowed it from. Mother was worried.

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Luke: Mid trip we discovered a spider bite on the base of my spine. Kristine and Mary Alice became my nurses for the duration of their holiday and tended to the bite three times daily. It felt like I had been smashed in the back with a cricket bat. On our last day once everyone had left, a local nurse hospitalized me within a split second of seeing the crater on my lower back. Stubborn idiot – paralysis from a spider bite. Certainly don’t get that back in the local borough in Britain.

Jenna: Needless to say the second half of our trip was focused almost entirely on Luke’s back. Mother, sister, girlfriend and aunties were worried. This thing looked deadly, a flesh-eating wound on my loves back and big, strong Lukey refused actual medical care. We begged and pleaded for him to go to the hospital, but NO! He will concur it ALONE! Last day hospitalization was a mere fluke.

Luke: Looks like a bullet wound now!!! errr. Get us back to Belize and the path that follows.

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