The big build up of Christmas at home is probably the most enjoyable part, the lights in town, the outdoor movies, the present buying, the cold weather and rain - we had none of that this year! Christmas came upon us quickly and to be honest probably went as quick.
We decided Caye Caulker, an island off The mainland was our destination of choice. On Christmas Eve we had arranged a boat trip for the day. We headed off with snorkelling gear, fishing rods, and a spear gun. If we wanted to eat that night we were going have to catch our own fish! We headed out to a local reef where the lads jumped in with the spear gun and the girls stayed on board to chance their arm at fishing. After the captain had showed us what to do, it wasn't long before the screaming began. As first time fisher women the excitement got to us and the screaming got louder with every fish we caught! The captain looked astonished and the lads were probably wondering what was wrong! Approximately 26 fish later(between three of us) we calmed down, and basked in our glory as the lads returned with nothing. Next up was our turn and we jumped in with the spear gun. We were in the water five minutes when Sue took a shot but unfortunately missed. We all came up and had a chat about the great shot. We looked down to retrieve the spear only to notice the current had moved us, a lot! We had lost the spear, oh sh*t! We spent the next forty minutes working as a team to try find the needle in the haystack! Time was running out and soon we would have to admit the mistake to the captain. The dreaded call came from the boat hailing our return..... A few more missions and sue exclaimed I found it! Eureka! Disaster avoided.
The gloating continued as we tucked into our dinner that night, as the lads gave their thanks to the girls. A few drinks to celebrate only encouraged the banter and a great night ensued. I won't divulge all information (my parents read this!) but there was a rallying golf cart, a late night swim and a missing person. All the drama that shall remain back in Belize!
Christmas Day itself was a bit cloudy and we felt cheated! We treated ourselves to a lie in (finally!) and toasted the day with some Guinness. Christmas dinner was a big event and as usual everyone ate too much and fell asleep afterwards!
The following two days we spent sunbathing down at the split, snorkelling off the shore, relaxing and enjoying the night life of an exotic location for Christmas. It was unfortunately our last few days together as a unit of six and with some sad goodbyes we headed our separate ways, thankful for the last few weeks spent together.