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#84705 - 04/20/04 04:01 AM packing question
wannaBEthere Offline
okokok ... all kidding aside about ovah packing, I do have a couple of questions:

One, the pics that I've seen in some of the tour ads show folks just a rambling thru the jungle (on their way to the ruins I gather) in shorts ... common sense says "oh my soul a skeeters paradise" ... am I wrong? AND ... if going to Lamanai, sneakers, right?

The other one is, when attending church, how casual is casual? This can be a touchy one, depending on what the local folks wear.

"The truly happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery even when he must take a detour"

#84706 - 04/20/04 01:26 PM Re: packing question
NYgal Offline
Sneakers and bug repellant.

Casual dress or attire of choice. No one is out of place, in church. I would think respect is first, clothes a close second smile

No bathing suits without proper coverup. JMHO

#84707 - 04/20/04 01:57 PM Re: packing question
Jack and Rose Offline
Bug repellant????

#84708 - 04/20/04 02:12 PM Re: packing question
wannaBEthere Offline
Thanks NYGal

Wonder if they "edited out" all the skeeter bites that the folks in the pic had to have gotten - yikes!

The church question came as it's been my experience that even in some of the remotest of locations you're still expected to wear a simple dress to church (hmmm ... should clarify that, GUYS excluded)

"The truly happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery even when he must take a detour"

#84709 - 04/20/04 02:44 PM Re: packing question
Diane Campbell Offline
It's nice when visitors take care to pay respect. Wear a dress to church.

#84710 - 04/20/04 03:38 PM Re: packing question
Big Frank Offline
Tevas or sandles are fine at Lamanai. As long as they are sturdy--socks in a pinch are good

#84711 - 04/20/04 05:08 PM Re: packing question
larsteph Offline
I actually found that the San Pedrans were better dressed than the tourists. People seem to either wear sandals or no shoes during the week and you see locals wearing shoes to church. I really think there is such a thing as "Sunday-goin-to-meeting" clothes. Nice shirt, sandals and shorts do work though for tourists.

#84712 - 04/20/04 05:31 PM Re: packing question
goody2shuz Offline
Something I really got a kick out of (& could kick myself for not getting a picture of) was observing the teenage San Pedroan girls and boys in town on a friday night...hanging out in two huddles across the street from each other doing what I would call the "courting" thing. This was on the corner by the ice cream shop on front street. The girls were decked out in their finest...consisting of mini skirts/dress pants with dressy tops...hair all done with makeup on and what I got a kick out of, high heeled shoes covered with the dust of the streets!!! The boys were across the way in long pants...nice sneakers/shoes and button down shirts. Both groups were doing the giggling thing and going by pairs to each others huddle and then returning to their genders huddle giggling etc. I was fascinated by this scene and could have sat there all night taking it all in laugh laugh laugh

#84713 - 04/20/04 06:41 PM Re: packing question
Denny Shane Offline
It's not what you wear that's important... it's what's in your heart that's important. I've seen many, many, MANY well dressed heathens in church on Sunday morning. Likewise I've seen many, many, MANY poor souls that didn't have 2 nickels to rub together sitting behind the Sunday morning, best dressed to kill people in the first row.

Now darnit... where's my picture of the sermon on the mount with all those people wearing Gucci and Yves St. Herod?

I know I've made enemies here now... laugh.. Come on folks...do we go to church to be dressed up? Who are we impressing?? God?? Remember he delivers us on this earth naked. :rolleyes:

#84714 - 04/20/04 07:19 PM Re: packing question
evening Offline
Are We There Yet - nope, haven't noticed intense mosquito action at the ruins of Belize...maybe in thicker jungle??? No mosquito bites after spending hours walking around Lamanai in shorts; no mosquito bites after walking around Tikal 2+ days in shorts; 3 Mexican ruins in 3 separate trips - not a one; no mosquito bites in a week at a Belizean atoll; or a week in Ambergris Caye. And, yes, plenty of mosquito bites in non-jungle beach NY environment - so they do bite me.

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