Category Archives: NORTH AMERICA

Postcard of the Week: Afternoon in Venice Beach, California

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A warm, breezy 80-degree afternoon in Venice Beach, California.

Belize Independence Day Celebrations in Los Angeles

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.
 

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Like the lady in her custom made flag outfit, or national football team members Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West, who traveled from >> Continue reading »