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Belize Holiday Vacations And Tourism

Squeezed between Mexico and Guatemala, the landscape of Belize is a mix of tropical forest with rich wildlife, high mountains, and plenty of aquatic life. If you are vacationing in Belize, you will enjoy great privacy in its lodges close to the beauty of nature. Belize is a wonderful place and if you get time you can check the Mayan sites, rustic colonial buildings and thick jungles which are home to the endangered howler monkeys. The best time to visit to Belize in between December and May when it is dry. Tourists though find it a great place for Christmas and Easter vacation. It is ideal place to rest on your holidays. Take the roads which land you up in Belize for your vacations.

It is supposed to represent how Mary and Joseph couldn't find anywhere to stay and have baby Jesus. My counterpart didn't tell me he never goes to church, so they treated us both as very special guests in the house and had to sit up front. Favorite part: during the snack when it was super quiet (people in my community simply don't talk to each other during meal times or snacks) this little kid sitting at my feet lets out a HUGE fart. Everyone dies laughing. Then as the laughter dies down, another kid lets one rip. It reminded me of Hunter and me when we were little and how we would always get tickled at the most inappropriate times.On Christmas Eve, my friends Amber and Evan came to my site for catholic mass - in the morning.

Everyone in my community had begged me to come to this and all the other activities for Christmas. I had to be a little selective and thought this would be one of the safest times to eat the food and also not get hurt by all the crazy fireworks. So we got there 'on time' and of course waited an hour for the mass to start. I got some fun pictures from this, too. I could tell that everyone in my community was so proud to have not one, but three 'gringos' at their Christmas Eve service. We didn't understand most anything because the service was in q'eqchi but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

Then we had some kiu, tortillas, tamales, and beef for lunch. We spent the evening with a family in Coban eating more tamales and watching fireworks from a distance. It was a very humbling Christmas and really made me grateful for all the past and future Christmases at home with family and friends. I take so much for granted and am really thankful I had this opportunity in Guatemala to share the holidays with other families. It really brought everything back to focus of why I am here and what it means to be an American sharing our culture and experiencing another culture simultaneously. Christmas morning we cooked breakfast all together and had coffee from my site. As well, Santa came to visit and by Santa I mean Mom, Tommy, Hunter, and Courtney sent me several packages full of awesome treats for Christmas that I got to savor and share.

Also, my family was so generous with monetary gifts in my bank account so that I could eat well and treat myself to some nice things. For the New Years celebration, I went to a concert near the beach on the 29th. We 'party rocked' to LMFAO, a group from the states. You can see pics from this, too in Picasa. I had wanted to go to a concert for a while but PCVs aren't allowed to do anything in the capital. Thankfully though this group had a concert at a place near the beach so I could go! We had a blast shuffling and dancing to some American music. Then for NYE I was in Antigua for drinks, bbq, and lots of fireworks. I rang in 2012 with lots of other PCVs and friends on the rooftop bar watching fireworks.

It was nice and memorable. I hope everyone back home had a happy holiday season and has started the new year off well! One of the cooler projects that I have been a part of in Guatemala came to fruition in November. It was a solar energy project in my friend, Fife's, former PC community. This is the same community that I took over the administration of funds for a Small Project Assistance grant from USAid to construct improved wood burning stoves. They haven't ever had electricity and relied solely on kerosene, batteries, and candles. I had participated in a meeting back in March with this community and my PC boss where we analyzed how much each community member was spending on batteries, gas, and candles a month.

Then we talked about these solar kits that they could install in their homes and how much money they would end up saving, as well as have much less of a negative impact on the environment. I got back from the Dominican Republic on the 8th of November. We had a party that night in Antigua for our good friend Nick, who was finishing his PC service. Then the 9th I left for my site. I didn't get home until 6pm that night. Then on the morning of the 10th, my PC boss picked me up in his car at 7:30 in order to go to Sanimtaka, a community located about an hour further into the mountainside from my community.

We took the PC jeep as far as it could make it and then hiked down into the community about 45 minutes in the cold wind and rain. The guys from Quetsol talked with the community members about good practices and how to properly install and maintain the battery, panel, bulbs, and control box. All of this information was of course translated into q'eqchi, the indigenous language here. Then we did some formal presentations of the first kit. You'll find some cool pictures from this event in the Picasa album 4. Then we separated into groups to install several kits in houses so everyone could learn the basics and how to's. The community of Sanimtaka was so grateful for the help of Peace Corps and Quetsol in bringing solar energy to their community. I can only imagine how different their little village looks now at night.

From the initial meeting I remember someone speaking up and saying they wanted these light bulbs so that their kids could read at night and study for school. They were currently sharing a candle and could barely see at night to do their homework. This is something so basic that we all take for granted, the ability to see in our own homes at night. Having this little bit of light in their household will hopefully create a multitude of improvements in the lives of this community's young people. In reference to the blog post's title and song we learned in vacation bible school as kids, no one is going to be able to come and 'WOOF OUT' - the light of this community.

I am trying to power through these blog posts this sunny, Sunday afternoon. After our time at the Lifestyles Resort in Puerto Plata, we made our way back down to the capital, Santo Domingo. Alyson actually had to see the medical people at the PC office because she fell on our little waterfall adventure and she had some other business to take care of. We just kind of hung out this day around the office and hotel, then at Pica Pollo (chinese food/fried chicken and beer) for dinner. The next day, November 2nd, we made our way to Juan Dolio, a beach town near the capital where Alyson's mom let us use her time share.

We just laid out and swam in the pool at the hotel, and then cooked ourselves tacos for dinner. On November 3rd, we made our way to two of Alyson's friends', Phoebe Sunflower and Dan, site in Monte Cristi. We weren't able to go to Alyson's site due to security concerns and really wanted to see real life in the Dominican. Phoebe and Dan (ps they're married) were nice enough to let us come visit their work and home. Dan works at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, which started in Mexico and also has a place in Guatemala outside Antigua. So I apologize for just now taking the time to sit and update my blog, but today you are hopefully going to get a bigger bite of Winfrey's adventures than you can chew. I'm going to start with my vacation to the Dominican Republic.

We just wanted to wait until the end of our service, WHICH IS IN MARCH! So Amber says, "let's go to the Dominican Republic. I have a friend in Peace Corps there." I was immediately sold. So we started researching plane tickets and travel plans. Being the somewhat now 'cheap' Peace Corps volunteers that we are (I say cheap because we are frugal when it comes to a lot of stuff now. Not to say we don't spend plenty of money still. We just turn up our noses and say 'are you crazy? 100, we would take a bus to El Salvador - and then fly from there to Florida then to the Dominican Republic. Little did we know this was going to cause all kinds of headaches in the future.

100 on the bus, taxis, food, and other things, Peace Corps El Salvador decided to close their borders to other volunteers two days before we are supposed to fly out of the airport there. I couldn't have said it better.)On October 23rd, I started the trek (which was a five hour bus ride, one taxi, and then another hour and half bus ride) to Amber's site. We got the call from Martha that afternoon (she told us on speaker phone and we all yelled together in excitement- kind of funny looking back on it now). We packed our bags, got a good night's rest, and left the next morning. We took an hour and a half bus ride to the capital, celebrated the beginning of the trip at IHOP for breakfast, took a taxi to the other bus station, and left on the bus for El Salvador that afternoon.

We had to take a PC approved taxi to the airport and then wait several hours until our flight at 1am. Hindsight 20/20: we should have just paid the extra money and flown from Guatemala. We got to Florida at 5am and we embarrassingly slept in a booth at Sabaro's for several hours because we were exhausted. Pre-Peace Corps, pretty sure I would have never done any of this. PC Guatemala). We were already sweating from the Caribbean heat before we even got to the taxi. Amber and I just cracked up when our driver, Wilson, showed us his car. It had to be the most run-down, beat up car in the parking lot.

Got to love PCVs and their cheapness. By the time we got settled in to our hostal, we just went for a walk on the shoreline, grabbed some dinner, and went to bed early. The next morning on the 26th, we awoke to Alyson knocking on the hostal door. That day we just walked around in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo, ate a Hard Rock Cafe, visited the cigar and ambar museums, saw the Duarte park, and then had empanadas that night. The empanadas were Amber's favorite of the trip. On the 27th we did much of the same. 11 a night for all inclusive stays. Alyson's group was celebrating their one year in country, and pretty fancily I'd say. Winfrey I'm 24 years old and came to Guatemala as a Sustainable Community Tourism Volunteer with the Peace Corps in January 2010. I'll be here for 27 months, or until March 2012, and am having a great time so far. Watermark theme. Powered by Blogger.

The Guatemala Tourist Comission has issued some guidelines that will help you enjoy more your vacation in Guatemala . Believing is convinient for you, we reproduce it. Use only the authorized tour operators, travel agencies and taxis, those are clearly identified. Cab drivers must carry a visible Identification in the cab. They must use their meter trips of 12 kilometers or less, for longer trips, the fare might be negotiated before hand. Never leave your personal belongings unattended. Always carry a photocopy of your passport, showing your photograph and the date you enter the country. Leave the original in the safty deposit box of the hotel.

Keep your airline ticket, important documents, cash and travel checks in the hotel safty box. Always change money at a bank or hotel. Never on the street. Don´t wear valuable jewlery and carry only the amount of money you´ll need for each day. When renting a vehicle it is important to become familiarized with driving rules and regulations of the country. Always carry your license, photocopy of your passport and car rental contract at all times. The law requires all car passengers to wear a seat belt. Your personal documents and the vehicles registration papaers are private property and may not be retained by a police officer for any reason.

If a police officer insists on stopping you or retaining your documents for no apparent reson, ask him to escort you to the nearest police station to clear the problem. If you are involved in an accident, always wait until a police officer or an insurance company representative arrives. Do not move your vehicle. Driving under influence of alcohol and / or drugs is strictly prohibited. Do not stop for people making signals and never stop for hitchhikers. For safety inside national parks and at the beach, follow this tips. Read safty rules posted inside parks. To ensure a safe and pleasant visit walk along the marked trails. Do not touch the plants or attempt to pet the animals. At the beach before entering the water, find out which are the safest areas. Request informations about tides and undertows with your hotel lifeguards. Do not stop for people making signals and never stop for hitchhikers. If you want to extend your stay in our contry, you must request - the necessary permission from the Imigration Authorities. Any problems must be reported at the National Police headquartes, qhere you should receive a written copy of your statements.

Criss-crossing the globe by yourself is as simple as booking a plane ticket. The real challenge comes when figuring out what to do once you get there. Yes, you can always go the "talk-to-the-bartender" route, but sometimes you want the kind of organized itinerary a big group trip entails. The problem is, most of those group trips are geared at people traveling in, well, groups. But with the rise of solo travel, more cruise lines, tour operators and hotels have begun crafting amenities and programs for all kinds of people who want to explore alone. Whether you’re looking to cruise the Caribbean or explore India, there’s probably a solo-themed trip out there for you. Cruising is famously the domain of couples and large families, often in matching T-shirts.

But as more people venture abroad alone, cruise lines have responded with a number of solo offerings, and have for the most part ditched the standard single supplement fee, a surcharge passed on to individual passengers. Those ships also have separate lounges where solo travellers can work, relax and mingle with other family-free cruisers. Royal Caribbean also offers studio suites without a single supplemental fee. And luxury pioneer Cunard even put single staterooms in the Queen Mary during a 2016 renovation, and offers them on the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, too. Smaller ships have begun appealing to solo cruisers as well.

Maple Leaf Adventures helps those travelling alone see some of the more remote areas of British Columbia with small ship cruises along the coast. And International Expeditions is running a Costa Rica-to-Panama cruise aboard its Panorama yacht, with no supplemental fee for solo bookings. Seeing business travellers alone in hotels isn’t unusual - but the same can’t be said for leisure guests at resorts. That’s starting to shift as resorts begin to offer packages specifically for individuals. El Mangroove, an 85-room tranquil beach resort on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, offers a three-night package that includes a massage, standup paddle board excursion, and local farm tour. Nearby in Guatemala, Casa Palopo has named a package for solitary travellers "Travel Solo-la" after the Solola region where the hotel sits.

This boutique spot perched in the hills above Lake Atitlan has three-night specials with a boat tour of two nearby villages, and a blessing from a local shaman. There is some fun in planning a solo holiday, in that you don’t have to concern yourself with what anyone else wants to do. Consequently, you’re now stuck with even more options and all the work of planning. Monograms is a tour company that arranges itineraries globally, setting up visitors in centrally-located hotels and with local guides. Sometimes the work week gets the best of you, and by noon on Friday, you just want to get the heck out of town.

Explore Worldwide specializes in all sorts of individual travel, including impromptu getaways. Its self-guided cycling and walking tours allow you to leave on any day you wish and follow the itinerary at whatever pace makes you comfortable. Oxymoronic solo group tours are probably the most popular form of individual travel. Although companies such as Contiki have been around for decades - shuttling single young people around exotic locales - a new wave of tour operators are setting their sites on an older demographic. Flash Pack caters to travellers in their 30s and 40s, running backpacking-style trips all over the world for people with a little more disposable income than your typical backpacker. Glamping it is not, but these group trips offer adventures such as ice treks, mountain biking expeditions and cultural tours, with a laid-back, live-and-let-live attitude. You can always scour the internet. Or you can use a service called GetYourGuide, which can connect you to more than 34,000 different tours, activities and cultural experiences around the world. Specialists can help find interactive, conversation-starting activities in your destination such as pasta making in Rome or crafting macarons in Paris.

Write down your goals and constraints. In order to find a study abroad program that meets your academic, financial, and personal - needs, you need to clearly define your goals and constraints. What is it that you want to accomplish? When can you go? What can you afford? Step 2: Where To Go? Select a location BEFORE you select a program. You will learn more in an environment where you feel comfortable. Are you a big city person or do you prefer small towns? What do you like to do outside of class? Do you prefer a busy nightlife or fewer distractions from your studies?

Are you interested in Latin American indigenous cultures, or are European cultures more enticing? For example, if you love the beach and water sports you might want to try a program to learn French and surfing in Biarritz, France, but if you love museums and shopping, you might rather study French in Paris. Step 3: Which Programs Meet Your Needs? Research and compare program details. Not every international study abroad program is right for every student. When evaluating different programs, we recommend that you answer the following: - What are the deadlines, start dates, and payment policies? What are the requirements? Are the elective courses taught in English or the local language - ?

How large are the language classes? Where is the campus located? What facilities are offered? What are the housing options? What out-of-class activities are offered? What excursions are included? Are volunteer or internship opportunities - available? What other services are included? What type of transcript is provided? One of the best tools for researching and comparing study abroad programs is the Internet. Find the right study abroad provider. Independent organizations and private/state universities both provide study abroad programs at foreign institutions worldwide. In your research, you may find that the program you want is offered by several organizations. Therefore, you should select the one with the best service and value, and that you feel the most comfortable with. Remember that you will be studying far from home, or even overseas.

You will have a better time learning Spanish or studying Italian in a foreign land if you are confident with your agent. Here are some issues to keep in mind when evaluating different study abroad providers: - Are they reputable? Ask for references, how many students they send, and years in business. Are your inquiries or concerns answered in a complete, friendly, and timely manner? Do they demonstrate a good understanding of the location and the finer details of the program? What exactly do you get? Do they provide extra services? Are the payment and cancellation policies flexible? These are your 4 basic steps. Sure, there is more to think about before you study abroad, but if you follow the above advice you are on your way to selecting an excellent study abroad program.

Many Guatemalan holidays bring families, communities, and visitors together in vibrant celebrations. Some commemorate historical events, others display religious imagery inspired by Catholicism and indigenous heritage, and all offer some reflection of the country’s rich culture and intriguing past. Visitors are encouraged to consider these days when planning their Guatemala vacation. Easter Week (Semana Santa in Spanish) is a festive time in Guatemala and particularly in Antigua, where famous religious processions take place through the streets of the town. Men in purple robes carrying floats with images of Jesus and women wearing black carrying floats of Mary slowing march down cobbled roads and over beautiful carpets created just for the festival.

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