Belize: First Impressions

First impressions of mine and some things learned about Belize:
-I realized my English got rusted and worsened a lot.
-Nothing really interesting in here that makes you feel you’re glad to be here.
-Everybody looks like Bob Marley, a rap singer, or an islander. They are called Garinagu and Creoles, mixture of Africans and American Indians. Creole speak English in a weird dialect in their own way (similar to Jamaicans). But Spanish is also widely known. Garinagu (Garifunas) also have their own language.
-There are many rum choices in markets that I’ve never seen before and 1lt of rum is only a little bit expensive than 1lt of water 😈😍🙆😀 (Señor Juan Bacardi likes this).
-There are no Sun Screen creams in markets of non touristic cities; i guess people don’t need it here. I turned brown after a few days.
-Markets are mostly run by far eastern people or Mayas.
-I always thought, Antalya/Turkey is the definition of hell in July-August. I feel that’s debatable. A Caribbean coast city “Dangriga” has around %90 humidty with 25-30°C. I never thought i would drink liters and liters of water in a single day.
-Again, face of the Queen Elizabeth on banknotes. 2 BZD $ = 1 USD $ , fixed. It also doesn’t matter if you carry BZD or USD in daily life, both of them are in use. It’s ironic that, they have Queen’s pic on their banknotes, yet fixed it to USD.
-Food in street is cheap. For example, street food plate that includes chickens, some kind of fried patties, beans on top of rice costs 5 BZD. The most expensive food I’ve found, which was very cheap compared to Turkey, was in a restaurant, which included a huge piece of beef, ~8 shrimps, french fries and some veggies, which costed 20 BZD. However, in touristical places, prices can go to infinity and they love to overcharge gringos.
-During my visit to Punta Gorda and Dangriga, there were no tourists on streets. I was alone in hostels. So i took a lot of attraction in streets as a white person. Even though these cities are safe to walk even in the nights, i couldn’t took out my camera to photograph people, under their eyes. Oh, they are major cities but actually they’re very small; you can walk anywhere in the city in 15 mins. Everybody uses bikes.
-The only tourist people I’ve came across were 2 old ladies from St Martin Islands in Dangriga. Never knew something like that existed. The island is divided into 2 from middle; north part belongs to France, south to Holland. However, despite Dutch and French, English is the most speaken language. The major income of the island is tourists and casinos. Even Turcos work in casinos, they told me. These made you remember something similar? Cyprus!…
-They also use old American school buses for transportation between cities. Transportation cost between cities are, around 7 BZD per hour of road.
-Belize City is told as one of the most dangerous cities in Central America. That may be true. Men, throwing words to women may be encountered any part of the world. But in here, men threw kisses and words to me in street, while I was carrying my backpack. Now i understand a little bit about being a women in streets, after i started to walk faster like running in panic. Don’t also walk at night in Belize City! Other cities don’t have any problems.
-Country is popular with it’s many islands in the Caribbean Sea. Popular for scuba divers. Tourists prefer to stay in islands. Madonna’s famous “La Isla Bonita”, Ambergris Caye is also located here.
-Doesn’t have a daily newspaper. Only weekly.
-There are natural parks in forests where pumas and jaguars live. I couldn’t see anything except a few snakes. Those wild cats are shy animals and like to hide.
-I miss Guatemala. It’s people and land were more natural, had much better natural parks to enjoy, better weather, foods, interesting culture, breathtaking places to visit and history with lots of mysticism, like you were in a Harry Potter book. I want to go from Belize to Guatemala again, as soon as possible.
-It is the only national flag that has human figures on its flag; except two British overseas territories, Montserrat and British Virgin Islands.
-The population of country was ~350.000 in 2010. Everybody knows each other in streets, even from different cities.
-Often, people who are talking to you for the first time, act like you are their childhood friend from their neighborhood.
-Belize Zoo consists of animals all around the country, which are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world (48 species, 125 animals). However, this zoo doesn’t capture animals. Animals are rescued from individual collectors, or orphened at a young age, injured in wild, born in here, sent from another zoological facility, to be at last reconditioned for return to wild if that’s possible.
-The Caribbean Sea is perfectly light blue.