Sunday, November 3, 2019

25 Things that create the Belize experience.....



While you might find a few of these things elsewhere in the world.....most of these are part of what makes the Belize experience so memorable and unique!

1.) There’s a napkin wrapped on every beer ...and you order a beer by saying, "I'll have a beer" (beer=regular Belikin)
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2.) Fry jacks - sometimes as big as a football and stuffed with tons of stuff
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3.) Belikin Beer
4.) Puddle jumpers
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5.) Johnny cakes
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6.) English signs...yet you landed in Central America
7.) You'll notice locals will speak English to you - but then immediately turn to their friend and speak 2 other languages, and they can go in and out seamlessly
8.) Golf carts are the preferred, or sometimes only option, in places
9.) Mennonite furniture - once you recognize the Mennonite template, you can't unsee it...and you'll see it......everywhere
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10.) The smell of Belize - to me, is a mix of Fabuloso and Mahogany wood
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11.) "Right now" means.... not right now
12. ) Highest building is still a Mayan ruin
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13.) The Belizean accent - everyone loves it and it will make you nostalgic when you aren't there
14.) Diversity easily intermixed at a bar - every color, age, socioeconomic status all hang together - and no one is trying to dress fancy
15.) You may randomly find a t-shirt from your tiny American elementary school hanging in a secondhand store window - happens all the time
16.) When it rains, expect everything to blip in and out for a little while - power, internet, cable (not always, but never a surprise)
17.) If you stop to talk to anyone who has lived here a while, you watch as they slowly but clearly scoot over to the nearest shady spot - no explanation needed
18.) Speed humps are the countries best traffic cop
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19.) Make sure you check expiration dates at the grocery stores....and be careful buying imported freezer goods!
20.) Drums as the only instrument in the best band you’ll see all week
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21.) Mayan ruins as common as Starbucks in NYC
22.) It’s likely your well cared for taxi cab is suffering from a lack of new parts
23.) Fast rains - quick sun - sometimes all day
24.) Hitchhiking is normal - and so are loungers on your parked cart - normal to find a couple Belikins in your cart in the morning
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25.) Good morning, good afternoon, good evening/night (often, twice) is the normal greeting - not "Hi" or "Hello" - and you'll feel compelled to make eye contact and say it to everyone you pass, once you are here a while!