Wednesday, July 04, 2007
My photos from Belize are up! Overall I think Avital and I had a great time, getting to go spelunking, horseback riding, looking at Mayan ruins and snorkeling. The country's official language was English, but most people spoke at least one other (e.g. Spanish, Creole, Garifuna). We hung out a lot with some of the local Belizeans, and it was definitely nice to have a window into a totally different environment, politics, and culture. We definitely met some cool people, and everywhere we went we had "protectors" looking out for us. Fresh fish was cheap too, and we had it almost every night. Avital even brought back some home-made hot sauce from Erva's, one of our favorite restaurants.
This is my second international trip with one other female friend, and I'm really loving it. Travelling this way forces you to meet people, mingle, and really get a feel for the country. Yet you always have your safety bag, your person to unwind to at the end of the day, and relax with when you tire of socializing. And in spending so much time together, you learn a lot about each other, and yourself.
There's so much to say, but I'll end on this note: everyone should travel internationally, and try to actually meet people when they go. It's nice to be outside the US bubble, to start to gain some understanding of the way people live, and just to see new places. And on a student budget, Central America's a good place to start!