What I Learned About Belize: 8 Traits That Make The Country Unique

As I prepared to leave Belize, I thought extensively about how to synthesize my thoughts on the country I had called home for the past six months. It was a fascinating half year. I learned an unbelievable amount about Belize, the world, and myself during my time there. I don’t pretend to be an expert on Belize. Six months is a relatively short time to … Continue reading What I Learned About Belize: 8 Traits That Make The Country Unique

Two Awesome Things to Do in Punta Gorda, Belize

In most Central America travel books, Punta Gorda is written off as a simple stopover town on the way to Guatemala from Belize. Having lived in the town for six months, I thoroughly disagree. Though PG is small and underdeveloped from a tourism perspective, it has a rich density of interesting people and authentic culture to explore. Here are two things to do in Punta Gorda that … Continue reading Two Awesome Things to Do in Punta Gorda, Belize

A Weekend in Guatemala: Livingston and Rio Dulce

The day after Thanksgiving, when my fellows in the homeland were mowing each other down for Black Friday deals, three friends and I visited Livingston, Guatemala and the Rio Dulce canyon. Livingston is an hour ferry ride away from PG – a theoretically painless journey, except that the boats rarely take off on time and the captains have little to no concern for the health and wellbeing of their passengers. Continue reading “A Weekend in Guatemala: Livingston and Rio Dulce”

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”