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My love letter to Belize

Oh Belize, you stole my heart yet once again, here is a love letter to you....

My love letter to Belize

Belize San Ignacio, Belize  |  Apr 13, 2010
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 There is something about your country that resonates with me – that fills my soul and makes me happy. 

Well Belize, you did it again and stole my heart once more.  There is something about your country that resonates with me – that fills my soul and makes me happy. 

This was my third time being back, and I really feel like I got a good grasp on what this country has to offer and was able to dig in deeper to all of the guts and glory that lies within Belize.  And when it comes down to it, there is some pretty dark stuff going on here, but to me, all of the light and goodness of this country outshines the dark and makes me love so many aspects of it. 

So where do I start with my love letter to Belize?  Well, I guess I will start with what I love most.  I love the people. I love how friendly and welcoming they are and how they greet you with their eyes and make eye contact while talking to you.  I love the fact that when I walk down the streets in the evening that everyone greets me with “Good Night”, and I especially love that my response is “Good Night” back to them.  I love how Belizeans answer the phone with “Tell me” and how they say “Rrriiiiggghhhttt Nnnooowwww” in their long, drawn-out Belizean accents.  I love that it is a melting pot of people, with the Mayans, the Rastas, the Creole, The Garifuna and even all those crazy old expats.  I love the different languages that are sometimes all mixed into one, and I love that I can hear reggaeton, Spanish music and Michael Jackson all blasting from different houses on the same street.  I absolutely love that all of the grocery stores are referred to as “The Chinese”, and I love how no one is politically correct in this country.  I love that I don’t have to wear shoes and that my feet are constantly dirty, and I love how I can sit barefoot on the windowsill of a bar, drinking my Belikin, while talking to an old friend and feeling completely happy and content.  I love that I have gotten addicted to coconut water and how drinking it is a daily part of my life here.  And I love those thick, white flour tortillas that you can’t get anywhere else except for Belize.  I love that I can swim in pristine, beautiful waterfalls and have no one else around, and I love how I can sit alone on top of a Mayan ruin and overlook Belize and Guatemala at the same time and feel the spirit flow in…. I love the beauty and intensity of the jungle (though I hate the damn bugs that come with being in paradise), and the way that life just seems so good and sparkly when I am out in nature here.   And finally, I love how comfortable that I feel here.  How I feel like I am at home.  How people tell me that I “walk strong” when I walk down the streets - for that is the ultimate compliment - as it shows that I feel at home, that I am comfortable, that I know what is going on and that please, don’t mess with me, cause I am no longer your average, white tourist (though I am still totally a gringa, but just not quite as touristy as most).

There are so many more things that I love about Belize – but this love letter has to end sometime.  So to Belize – thank you for everything that your country has to offer.  And to my friends in Belize – thank you for sharing your goodness and love with me and for opening my heart once again to all of the sweetness here.  I can’t wait to come back and see you all again.  Bless.

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    Bekster23 wrote: Tue Jan 25, 2011
    Elsie, I had the pleasure of meeting you for a brief moment at one of my college's study abroad fairs. I was a soon-to-be graduate seeking any opportunity to travel abroad and see the world. I stopped at your table to hear about ProWorld and even then you spoke passionately and quite sincerely about this country that had many environmental projects to be apart of. Now that I've graduated, I am anxiously waiting my leave to Belize, which is only a couple months away. Everyday I ask myself if this is where I should be going, if I'll like it there, even if I made the right decision about joining ProWorld. After reading this, it's put me at ease a little bit about what awaits me in Belize. I don't really know what adventure or the kind of experience I'll find once I'm down there. But hearing how much one person loves this country, I'm certain I'll find...something. Thank you for writing this!

    Sincerely,

    A Michigan Post grad aspiring world traveler
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    anne wrote: Tue Dec 7, 2010
    i stumbled on this and i could not have said it better myself. i feel the same way!
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