Category Archives: NORTH AMERICA
Last weekend, I celebrated Belize’s 32nd Independence Day in Los Angeles, “the other half of Belize” as a friend calls it. It was my first time being surrounded by so many Belizeans in the US.
And while I would have loved to be back in the Jewel to experience Independence Day as I have in the past, I thought it would be intriguing to spend it with expats – those far from their home who take the time to celebrate and remember their land. I wondered how different it might be, and how much more or less moving. Besides, I was missing Belize and I had a feeling this was as close as I could get for now.
From a red carpet Saturday dinner and dance, to a “funday Sunday” music and food festival — both organized by the Belize Cultural Foundation and sponsored by Delta Airlines — whether I went around taking a few photographs, meeting folks, listening in on crowd interviews by Belize in America or looking around the venue filled with over a thousand Belizeans cheering under flags big and small, one word came to mind that summed up the entire weekend of celebrations: love.
Love for country
Like the many faces of Belize filling the room – diverse as ever – holding hands and waving their flags as they march side by side.
Like the lady in her custom made flag outfit, or national football team members Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West, who traveled from >> Continue reading
When I read that this week’s Frifotos theme over on Twitter was gardens, my immediate thought was: Chicago!
My first visit to the windy city was this summer, and Chi-town blew me away — the lake views, the beaches, the stunning architecture and river, the grand plazas with statues and monuments, and lots and lots of parks. I almost felt as if I were in western Europe.
Everywhere I turned, there was a bench or a verdant corner where I could sit and watch the world go by. And did it ever go by! Cyclists, runners, moms with strollers, lovers napping and picnicking on the lawns, kids splashing about in fountains – it seemed as if >> Continue reading