My host Jeanie, from the seafront budget lodge Jungle Jeanie, is driving me around the Garifuna village of Hopkins, on Belize’s southeastern coast.
She just returned from a trip to Canada the night before, without her luggage, and she’s frazzled. But she understands that I’ve been looking forward to visiting the more African side of Belize and that I’m dying to experience anything that is Garifuna-related.
We’re in her shiny new red pick-up truck that she’s just learning to maneuver, inching along Hopkins’ main road, at times a dirt path and at other times paved.
We pass restaurant after guesthouse after shack. Everything is closed.
Children on bicycles pass us now and then. Some riding with their little sibling huddled in the front. They come out of nowhere, and sometimes it feels as if they’re swaying towards Jeanie’s vehicle.
We continue up the next block and spot some adults, gathered under coconut trees. They look as if they’re having a lazy morning outside —->Continue reading »
September is going to be my busiest and most exciting month yet in Belize (if that’s possible!). I’ll be traveling to the South of the country and in between I’ll be returning to Belize City to cover the 30th Independence events.
Right now I’m in Hopkins for just a day and a half. Hopkins is a Garifuna village – the African side of Belize if you will, and I’ve heard great things about it. Oh and it’s on the beach, too (hello!). After Hopkins, I’ll head back to Belize City on Friday for Belize Carnival weekend, one of the major highlights of the September Celebrations.
In the meantime, I’m getting off the computer to go explore… stay tuned for more on Hopkins!