Good Friday

Flyboarding: He’s up, up, up . . . and down

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skyboard2aWe watched our first flyboarder on Friday, down by Central Park in San Pedro Town.

Pretty cool concept: Use the thrust of a jetski to force a powerful stream of water through a platform, sending the bootstrapped “pilot” soaring up into the air.

When you see the pros do it on YouTube videos it is extremely impressive. They soar to fearful heights, bob, weave, roll, loop and dive with a deceptive ease and grace. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Park on Good Friday afternoon

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Central Park in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, late on Good Friday afternoon.
Central Park in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, late on Good Friday afternoon.

Rose and I went for a late-afternoon bike ride on Friday.

North or South?

We almost flipped a coin to decide which direction to take. South leads us through chaotic San Pedro Town. North leads us along the beach past grand resorts, stately homes and palapa appointed piers. Read the rest of this entry »

On Good Friday, a pre-dawn walk through San Pedro with a cross to bear

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It is nearly 4 a.m. on Friday -- Good Friday -- and the cross that will be carried through the streets of San Pedro Town for the Stations of the Cross rests just inside the entrance to the Roman Catholic Church.
It is nearly 4 a.m. on Friday — Good Friday — and the cross that will be carried through the streets of San Pedro Town for the Stations of the Cross rests just inside the entrance to the Roman Catholic Church.

 

A Station of the Cross on the streets of San Pedro, Belize on Good Friday.
A Station of the Cross on the streets of San Pedro, Belize on Good Friday.

On this, the busiest weekend of the season on Ambergris Caye, the bars stopped serving liquor at midnight. The stores stopped selling liquor, too. If you didn’t have it on hand by midnight you won’t be able to buy a drink for the next 24 hours.

In fact, most everything is closed today. Employees who work must be paid as much as triple-pay.

It is Good Friday and this island of mostly Catholic residents takes this day very seriously.

It is a day for reflection, devotion, prayer and family.

Which is why at 3:30 a.m. I am bicycling through dark and deserted San Pedro streets to the Roman Catholic Church.

At 4 a.m. the congregation leaves the church confines and traces the path of Christ’s final day in mortal form through the Stations of the Cross.

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