Being Belizian

Here is a list of miscellaneous pieces of information that don’t relate to a story or particular event… just little things I picked up that I thought were interesting.

  • The grass roof hut is still a very common structure for Belizians to live in, especially outside of the major cities – in the jungle areas.
  • Typical meals include rice, beans, and chicken.  Iguana is considered a delicacy.
  • To get around, people most often walk or take the bus.  Bicycles are also an option.
  • Many of the staff at our hotel actually live onside for several months and then will go home for a few weeks.  One person said they live about 4 hours away by bus towards the west, near the border between Belize and Guatemala
  • When a group of us went snorkeling or scuba diving, we talked to the park rangers a little bit.  There are 3 rangers for this beautiful little island.  The rangers work shifts of 2 weeks on and 1 week off, taking different weeks off so that there is always coverage on the island.
  • Many people in the town of La Placentia are from the same family, which makes dating and relationships difficult.