Friday Afternoon & A Minister’s State Funeral in Caye Caulker, Belize
Friday afternoon in Caye Caulker has become an almost regular thing for me. A water taxi ride over, lunch, a walk down to the Split, perhaps a bag of donuts, meet some friends at the Friday afternoon jam session…it’s like a mini-vacation. (Take a look at this prior post: A Proposed Caye Caulker Friday Afternoon Guide.)
And yesterday, while the day started cloudy, by noon it was gorgeous and I hopped aboard the 1pm for the 25 minute boat ride.
As I was exiting the boat, there was quite a commotion going on at the next dock. A large cruise ship tender boat unloading a big crowd and as I got closer…
the street was lined with the Belize Defense Force members in formation.
The burial of Former Belize Minister Louis Sylvestre – who served the country from 1957 to 1984 as Belize was becoming her own country. His family had a home in Caye Caulker for years and it was here that he wished his ashes to be scattered.
I took a walk around town which felt surprisingly quiet though there were lots of tourists about. Perhaps for the funeral vendors and a few roads were closed.
This small area was closed because a man was way up in the tree cutting down heavy coconuts.
Down by the Split in the island (here’s the picture from above if you haven’t see Caye Caulker…)