*Note: no Belize puns were abused in the making of this blog post.
After spending the majority of Winter Break playing Skyrim and ruminating about my lack of substantial collegiate success and international experience, I spontaneously signed up for a Spring Break service-learning course in Belize: International Perspectives in Health. The aim of the course was teaching health education and disease prevention at St. Mary’s Primary School in Belize City, it would last 8 days, and it took place over spring break. With no experience teaching health education or primary school children, no previous international experience, and no idea what to expect, I wrote a check for most of my savings, Googled Belize, and boarded a plane to Central America.
Pardon the rust, it’s been awhile.
Damn, I forgot my DS and I’m already in the airport! :O Good thing there’s this handy dandy electronics vending machine! You know, I’m in the mood for a digital camera too, what the hell. Thanks, Best Buy Express! :D
Apparently there’s a shortage of air marshals on commercial flights? My theory is that instead of training more air marshals, the TSA has taken to training babies to cry continuously, and placing them on every commercial flight instead. That way a potential terrorist is more likely to shoot himself 30 minutes into the flight instead of attempting a hijacking.
The airport in Belize was way more chill than airports in the US. In Belize, you just waltz up to your plane on the tarmac. If you feel like boarding in the back, sure. In the front? That works too! In the US it’s like boarding a freaking spaceship, if spaceships were filled with old ladies carrying a hundred pounds of bricks in their carry-ons.
There are two types of people on the road in Belize: people on bikes, and people trying to run you over.
America, Y U NO HAVE WATERMELON JUICE??? So grood (great and good).
Fitting for the year in which we traveled, we visited the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha. It’s never good when out of the entire group, the guide learns your name. Because I tended to loiter and take pictures behind the rest of the group, we were addressed as a group as “Nice People… and Andrew.”
Also, never trust a local who offers you an unnamed pepper, straight off of a plant. She just wants to see you cry. Or maybe she just wants to see Andrew cry.
Belize was amazing. Out of the one foreign countries I’ve been to, it is far and away my favorite.
No really, it’s difficult to write about because it was so awesome. My usual style of humor is just stylized complaining, and there isn’t much to complain about Belize. The food was great, the hotel was nice, the country was beautiful, the culture was awesome, and the people were friendly.
By the end I had turned into a mosquito-buffet, cooked well-done by the Caribbean sun, but that was the fault of a lack of bug spray and my pasty Scandinavian heritage.
Because I am so incredibly busy with school at the moment (32 pages worth of essays to write and counting), I’m going to be lazy with this blog and insert a gallery with some of the pictures I took while on the trip. Enjoy.
Captions coming later…. maybe.
International man of mediocrity,