You Better Belize It!
Many of you reading this post in perhaps Australia or South Africa, may be hoping for a few snowy pictures of Switzerland, to give you a breath of fresh, cool mountain air while the temperatures soar to sweltering back home. But what I’ll be doing for the month of February in fact, is melting some of the snow and ice here in Zürich with images and stories of my time in Belize just a few months ago.
Along with Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals, Melanie Waldman of Travels With Two, Gennaro Salamone of Enduring Wanderlust and Christine Gilbert of Almost Fearless, I spent a few days in Belize thanks to the Belize Tourism Board. I recently wrote about Château d’Oex’s hot air balloon festival as one of my highlights of 2009; this trip was certainly another. It was a week with a jam-packed itinerary of activities: snorkeling, zip lining, cave tubing, visiting Mayan ruins, deliciously colorful meals (local cuisine as well as restaurants with more ambitious takes on the former), small planes and lots of laughs. It was a perfect first taste of Belizean culture, cuisine and most of all its people – who are just as friendly as the brochures and guidebooks tout.
We all learned the joys of Fry Jacks, rice and beans, Craboo liqueur and petting sharks and sting rays (or watching others do so from the boat). We got a thrill from cave tubing, rappelling, parasailing – and for me, being able to buy cacao pods off the side of the road! Not to mention listening to the funky sounds of Kriol, the local dialect. (English is the official language though.)
You may have followed us along on Twitter (#belizetrip) and read my fellow bloggers’ posts; now it’s my turn to revisit the 1,300 photos I took and dive back into my little blue Moleskin overflowing with notes. I’ll share some of our adventures here and especially some recipes that I collected along the way – from locals and outrageously friendly chefs too. Just a warning, this may not only tempt you to once again grab your whisk and get baking, but you may just be making plans for your next vacation. You better Belize it!
By the way, you may be wondering where exactly IS Belize? Formerly British Honduras, this country roughly the size of Massachusetts, sits between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America. The official website of the Belize Tourism Board has all the information you could ask for about Belize’s history, language, music, food and more, and is worth checking out for sure.
Has anyone ever been to Belize? Where did you go and what did you think??