Last Thursday, 9/20, was the eve of Belize’s Independence Day. It also happened to be Nige and my 21 month anniversary (I know, we’re disgustingly in love and celebrate our anniversary every month). So we decided to go out for a night on the town to celebrate both.
First up was dinner at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Whenever we want to have a romantic dinner, this is the spot. Look how pretty they decorate the table for you when you make a reservation.
After a wonderful dinner of filet mignon and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, we headed to down town to see what festivities we could find. You may remember about a month ago I blogged about the changes on Burns Avenue (our version of Main Street) since they closed off a portion of it and paved it. At first I wasn’t very happy with the fact that all of the stores and restaurants had moved their wares and tables into the street. For instance, here’s what Serendib’s has done – they’ve built an actual bar and put tables out on the street.
However, after experiencing the lively atmosphere and the fun everyone was having, I think I may have had a change of heart. It kind of reminded me a little bit of Jack London Square in Oakland, CA, or Fremont Street in Las Vegas, NV. Maybe even a watered-down Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Here’s what Mr. Greedy’s Pizza looked like that night – all decked out in red, white and blue (Belize’s colors too).
Even families with their children came out to join in with the celebrations.
And here I am at the bar, having a few vodka and cranberries – my second favorite drink after martinis, which I rarely order in Belize.
Towards the end of the night, we were lucky enough to stumble right into the torch runners.
These guys jog, taking turns switching off different legs, all the way from Belize City to Benque Viejo, about 90 miles total. I was tired just watching them.
The night ended at midnight with a spectacular fireworks show, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture any decent photos of. But it was a great night out, and Belize entered their 31st year of Independence with all the fan fare I’ve become accustomed to – any excuse for a party here!
Do you have a favorite “street” that you can go party on? Where is it and what’s it like?