Overland Distance Travelled: 2218kms
Days Travelling: 45
Number of Countries Visited: 2
Belize was a time-filling side trip from Southern Mexico as we wait to fly out from Cancun to Cuba. We only spent around a week there mostly due to the cost but let me tell you, Belize is a place that has inspired me to write more than any other destination we have visited so far on this trip. It is truly the most unusual destination I have ever visited. As you travel around trying not to have your jaw hit the floor you can’t help but wonder how this place even came about. Firstly it remains part of the Commonwealth, so the official language of Belize is technically English, however I learnt from attending a trivia night at the sports bar as well as through my own research that less than 10% of the citizens actually speak it as their first language. Secondly, the majority of the population in the areas we visited were Creole, initially of West-African descent, which seems quite a unique concentration of this population when Central and South America is comprised of such a large hispanic culture. Belize is land locked between Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, all Spanish speaking hispanic countries. It became more evident during our time here that the Creole people identify heavily with their Caribbean neighbours, particularly Jamaica. Despite being run by the British monarchy, the American influence in Belize was immediately noted, with use of the US dollar, phrases and foods. The women are sassy and the men are aiming to charm anyone who comes their way. It became evident within a few hours that Belizeans are very proud of where they live and it’s unique qualities.