Tag Archives: Belize
Gibnut, a.k.a. "royal rat."

Eating a Royal Rat

I can now say that I have eaten rat. But before getting grossed out, realize that the gibnut (also known as a paca) is a local delicacy in Belize. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II was served gibnut during her 1985 visit. That’s why the oversized rodent is now known as royal rat in Belize. When […]

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Dancing in the Streets of Dangriga: Settlement Day 2012

On a whim, I went to Dangriga, Belize. This is a sleepy town that isn’t much bigger than my hometown of Haysville, Kansas. But Dangriga is a major city in Belize. Haysville was a suburb. Dangriga was buzzing with excitement from the moment I arrived. Several Belizean tourists were in town for Settlement Day, a […]

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Guide to Caye Caulker

After spending 10 days in Caye Caulker, I must say that it should be on every backpacker’s itinerary if they’re heading to Belize. However, I could have been better about traveling on a budget. Here’s how you can save better than me: General Tips Buy one bottled water at a restaurant, then buy a gallon […]

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How I helped to save a drifting boat

Disclaimer: The following story contains some foul language and has had names changed. Fate can be a bitch sometimes. I believe we’re all meant to be at certain places and times in our lives. For me, that meant forgoing scuba diving to signal someone to help rescue my boat. The day began with a cold […]

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Caye Caulker Hangover: Party on the Budget

Every morning, I wake up with a hangover from the night before. The ocean breeze fills my hut, and I realize that I’m quite cold because I didn’t put a blanket on when I stumbled in. This has been my way of life for the past few days on Caye Caulker. But aside from non-stop […]

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