“Last night I dreamt of San Pedro” – Madonna Ciccone.
I’m a fast mover. I’m a fan of pop music. I loved Madonna in the 1980s and can still remember playing ten pin bowling in Bangor for the first time when Like a Prayer was number one single in the UK.
“Life is a mystery. Everyone must stand alone.” – Madonna Ciccone
But we miss so many things in life. I can’t believe what I found out this week, something my Immaculate Collection should have told me as I stuck my iPod in my ear and listened to Madonna again.
“Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free.
This is where I long to be, La Isla Bonita” – Madonna Ciccone
So the story goes, I went out for drinks in Bishkek with two friends here, Aigul and Elvira. We headed to a bar called Center Bar. In there, they had karaoke. There were a few songs we were singing, some in Russian, some in French and some in English. Then this Spanish – English – Latino number was volunteered by Aigul and she got up to sing.
I remembered the song fondly from the 80s and 90s when I also owned Madonna’s “Immaculate Collection” album. It was the Madonna song “La Isla Bonita”, i.e. “Beautiful/Pretty Island”. Yet on my travels around the world, I never put two and two together with this one. But wouldn’t you know it, I spent three nights on Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” and had no idea at the time, September 2014.
So two years on, here are some of my photos and memories from our three incredible days touring San Pedro, which is a town on Ambergris Caye in Belize – you need to get a boat out here from Belize City, normally via Caye Caulker. We stayed in the simply magnificent Xanadu Resort – well recommended by the way, especially for couples. Was Madonna right about this being “La Isla Bonita?” I’ll let you make up your own mind…
Only one song could possibly appear here, thanks Madonna: