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On Belizean roads

Just as in Costa Rica last year, we did not drive ourselves in Belize, instead taking advantage of the private transfer options offered by the resorts we were staying at. That decision saved us a lot of aggravation with the uneven quality, shall we say, of the Belizean roads, major highways included, and allowed me the occasional benefit of taking pictures through the car windows as we were driving past. These pictures are hardly of superior interest but here is a small selection nonetheless.

On the main east-west vehicular artery of the country, the George Price Highway, the bus stops proudly proclaim the names of the villages that they serve. Those range from fairly generic…
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… to somewhat unexpected…
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… to fairly romantic…
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… to decidedly esoteric.
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And this is my hands-down favorite.
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On another highway, prosaically named “Coastal”, some bus stops simply mark the distance from its starting point.
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A stop with a mildly mysterious name seems to have been expropriated for a pop-up food shack.
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Also on the Coastal Highway, every few kilometers or so, you get a warning of a potential crossing by one of three animals: tapir, jaguar, or the significantly less exotic deer.
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And only those three. It should be noted that we saw none of them on the road.

We did see a bunch of cows being transported in a truck.
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Otherwise, what you see on these roads is more or less the same colorful palette of houses in different manners of upkeep that we have discussed in the Hopkins article. All of Belize looks like that.
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And here is the only building in the country that can pass for a skyscraper, on the outskirts of Belmopan.
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I know exactly where it is located, but I do not know what it is. There are no markers on Google Maps for this place.

With that, the Belize series of photo-retrospectives comes to an end. The next exciting trip is just a month and a half away, and in the meantime, I hope to find time to publish a couple of sets from other adventures.

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