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Placencia, Belize [7 April 1994]

A transcription of my Belize travel journal

After a satisfying dinner of conch fritters and pork chops, esconced in a hammock w/the Carribean breeze blowing the sand flies away, it's difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that I was stuck in the quotidian rhythms of medical school, & here I am on a sandy, palm treed spit of land, pointing out, like a little finger into the heart of the Carribean.

Placencia is a little town of shanties nestled among the coconut trees. Life appears as easygoing as the cadences of the creole spoken here. Children wander the street in droves carrying smaller children.

The people here are attractive--some unusual mix of pirate and slave--they amble among the trees, you can see them cooking in their stilt-legged homes; when you say hello they say "OK". A simple affirmation of a simple life.

It's our first afternnon & evening, & I'm appreciating the distance from the internecine pressures of school--my only goal for now is to live happily, secure in my knowledge that the only obstacle to this goal is myself. It's to juice myself up after the slow leakage of the last couple of months.

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