So thanks to the bureaucracy at the US embassy in Kabul, I am stuck in Vermont for a week more than I was planning on. And while today is somewhat milder, the cold weather was especially shocking coming back from 10 days of trekking around Belize. High points included getting the pickup we rented stuck in the mud on several jungle roads (lots of rain this year) and some really great seafood. Getting to some of the Mayan ruins that were more off the beaten track was especially fun.
Xunantunich which had a population of 200,000 at its height, and can now only be visited by taking a hand cranked ferry was particularly beautiful (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xunantunich) and certainly got me to continue thinking about how empires can rise and fall quickly (are you listening person who is supposed to be processing my travel approval at the US embassy?).