Here are some of the things that I feel make Belize an interesting and unique place…
There are cows in Belize, I have seen them yet I have only seen fresh milk once! Most people seem to use powdered or soya milk. There is a lot of beef on the menu though!
If you happen to walk around after dark and meet someone, or call someone at night the first thing you will hear is â€œgood nightâ€?. I first heard it when someone stood outside my former host’s gate and shouted â€œgood night Ms xxxxxxâ€?. It was only 8pm and I wondered why her someone had stopped to wish her good night. I shouted back good night and sat down and she shouted good night back. My former host who had been in her room came rushing out and let the lady in. It was only later I realised that saying good night is used as a greeting in the same way people say good morning or good afternoon.
If you want to blend in as a Belizean, it is not about race, it is about speaking Creole. I remember sitting on the balcony in Cayo and listening to three Hispanic guys speak Spanish then all of a sudden the switched to Creole and it was not just a change in language, the accent changed too. It was amazing.
Sir, Maâ€™am, Mr and Ms
Belizeans are incredibly formal and respectful. It is rare for someone to be addressed by just their first name. If you bump into school children they always greet you.
Anyone familiar with Kenyan timing will know what this means. It is usually twice as long as the original time stated. I am still not sure whether Belizean time is slower than Kenyan time but what makes me laugh here is that people will usually quote both times when referring to something. So if you are waiting for a meal they will tell you 10 minutes US time and 20 minutes Belize time. Apart from the buses, which sometimes leave early, most things run on Belizean time.