Belize

Belize is a small country with an area around 23 000 km2 and less than 400 000 inhabitants. The official language is English because until 1981 the country was a British colony. The population is quite diverse – Mestizo, Creole, Mayans, Garifuna, Asians and Europeans. The Garifunas are a mix of European, African, Caribbean, Arawak, and South American decent, and speak between each other in Garifuna language. Day before we arrive in Caye Caulker is the biggest Garifuna celebration. Every year on 19th of November in the town Dangriga, they do a parade, with street music and traditional dances celebrating the Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize, after they were kicked out from other Caribbean islands by the British army. As we wait to catch the boat from the immigration office in San Pedro to Caye Caulker, suddenly couple of people, come to play some music for the holiday and to welcome us. The slogan of the island is „Go slow” and you can see it everywhere on signs around the island, also the locals often use it as goodbye.