The Dark Side of Belize – Part 2

The first incident (Part 1) involved my colleague and her unfortunate time with the Belizean police.  The second incident involves my own interactions with the locals, namely, my first Belizean mugging. Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Belize – Part 1

Like many places in the world, Belize is a developing country; and like most developing countries, the development isn’t even or consistent, there are some areas in the country which are more developed than others – the concrete condos and seaside cabanas of San Pedro or Placencia are a completely different world from the thatched wooden huts of the Mayan villages.  Even in one town there are enough variations in living standards to make you think you’re in a different country – the private security-patrolled, air-conditioned houses of the leafy northern suburbs of Belize City are a universe away from the wooden-walled, tin-roofed shacks and open sewers of the Southside.  Some parts of Belize City aren’t so much ‘developing’ as just plain poor.  And poverty (as well as being bad enough in and of itself) also breeds other problems, like alcoholism, drug addiction, and crime. Continue reading