San Ignacio, Belize: Ruins, Street Art, and Stab Wounds

Sunburnt, hungover, and smiling, Michael and I left Caye Caulker for the second leg of our trip: San Ignacio. Located in the far west of the country, San Ignacio is the second most populous city in Belize. It is a lively town and a popular home base for jungle hiking, ruin trips, and other adventures in the area. The Journey West To get there Michael experienced … Continue reading San Ignacio, Belize: Ruins, Street Art, and Stab Wounds

Caye Caulker, Belize: A Weekend in Paradise

Last week my partner Michael made the trip to visit me in Belize. His ten day trip gave me an excuse to finally see the biggest tourist attractions in the country. Our first stop was the perfect way for him to ease into the tropics: Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is an island about twenty miles off the coast of mainland Belize. On Friday afternoon we squeezed into the … Continue reading Caye Caulker, Belize: A Weekend in Paradise

Ten Awesome Belizean Fruits and Vegetables

If you have eaten with me on even one occasion, you know that I am a complete vegetable geek. I love all things veggie and I especially enjoy experimenting with new ones. And that’s not even to mention foreign fruit! One of my favorite things about living in Belize has been having a whole new suite of produce to try. These are my ten favorite … Continue reading Ten Awesome Belizean Fruits and Vegetables

Garifuna Settlement Day

As I’ve mentioned before, Belize is an incredible melting pot of cultures and people. In the month of November, there are celebrations countrywide to honor one of these cultures: the Garifuna. These culminate on National Garifuna Settlement Day, when people all over the country celebrate the settlement of the Garifunas on the mainland. Garifuna culture originated in the Caribbean Islands, but they arrived on the mainland of Central America when they were banished from St. Vincent and the Grenadines by the British in the late 18th century. Today, they have a strong presence along the shore in Belize and other Central American countries. Continue reading “Garifuna Settlement Day”

This Work Has Perks: Experiences in Belize Conservation

With all my exciting weekend travel and cultural discoveries to discuss, I haven’t written much about what I’m doing on the job. The truth is I spend most of my time behind a computer, analyzing satellite imagery and GPS data. Sometimes, though, I go into the field and collect data myself. Fieldwork days always prove to be interesting; over the past few weeks I’ve had some truly amazing experiences while working. Continue reading “This Work Has Perks: Experiences in Belize Conservation”