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I am a smart, beautiful, successful Belizean creole. I was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada and now call Scarborough, Ontario, Canada home. I am mixed with african, indian, scottish and who knows what else. July 2008 I decided to go permanently natural. Beside my obsession with my natural hair, I am a hand knit and crochet artist. I am passionate about Jesus and I love to run, walk, yoga, read, crossword puzzles, news and sports. While visiting, stop by my Etsy shops www.etsy.com/shop/dylanadesigns and www.etsy.com/shop/thejoyofknitting

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Winter in Toronto via Hot, Hot, Hot Belize

Mountain Pine Ridge
I am not sure if it's purely age, lol,  or just that I am fed up with winter. For the last few years by the time March rolls around I am so sick and tired of the cold, chill and snow. I was born in Canada to Belizean parents that did not have no desire to live in Canada. Being a Canadian it gave me the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. I came back to Canada 27 years ago and over the years I have enjoyed travelling back and forth to Belize to enjoy my family and the many gifts that Belize have to offer.  Let me walk you through some very interesting information about Belize.

Belize (formerly British Honduras) lies on the Caribbean coast of Central America, bounded on the north by Mexico and the south by Guatemala.  There are many islands along the coast called Cayes (keys). Belize and its Cayes are sheltered by the second largest barrier reef in the world.  Belize hosts The Great Barrier Reef, longest in the Western Hemisphere, shelters the best stocked light-tackle fishing grounds in the Carribean.  The territory's greatest length from the north to south is 180 miles and its width is 68 miles.

Going to Northern Lagoon
 Estimated population is 230,000.  The main ethnic groups are Creole (African Descent), Mestizo (Spanish-Maya) and Garifuna (Caribs).  There are also a number of people of Spanish, Asian and East Indian descent.  There is also a small Mennonite community. Ethnic groups are heavily intermixed.


Altun Ha Maya Ruin
I grew up in this jewel called BELIZE not realizing how fortunate I was and not appreciating the sheer beauty of my country.  Over the years that I have visited I felt like a tourist in my own country and I really got to love everything about Belize all over again. It can be hot, balmy or rainy but mostly hot (avg. temp 80F). It has so much to offer to the tourist that want a laid-back, backpack style vacation. There are coral, cayes, atolls, lagoons, pine forests, maya ruins, rivers, caves and much, much more.  You can dive, sail, fish, paddle, hike, bike, ride, swim, walk, bird watch, eat. Because I have so much roots in Belize I personally feel that the people and the culture is what makes Belize so special. My most favourite place in Belize is Caye Caulker, take it from me if you are ever in this part of the world do not go home without visiting Caye Caulker. Whew I needed to get my homesickness out of my system and blogging about it sure helped!

Caye Caulker
My Joy of Knitting is what keeps me alive and kicking in the long winters of Toronto.  Please remember to check out my Etsy shops. Dylana Designs and The Joy of Knitting.





20 comments:

  1. Great post - thank you for sharing all about Belize!

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  2. Great place!!! Thanks for sharing

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  3. Lady Dylana, awesome post on Belize! I also blog about on the same topic.. check out my blog @ http://bzpost.blogspot.com & hit me up on twitter @lrnzG

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  4. How interesting!

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  5. Oh, I can relate, I'm so tired of winter. Lovely pics.

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  6. Belize looks like a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing

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  7. What a stunning place, beautiful story and pics.

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  8. My aunt and uncle are out there on missions. I have relatives that live in Belize as well. Never been there myself

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  9. If I had a footprint in two countries, one would be the US and the other would be a place like Belize. Best of both worlds!

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  10. I wish I was there now, soaking up some sun! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I am glad to know more about the country of Belize! I was close once, when I visited the Mayan village of Tulum in the early 1990's. Beautiful!!! Great beaches. Great jungle, rainforest type landscapes. I loved it! And I've been to Ontario, Canada a number of times,too! The Canadians were always so hospitable to us! You are blessed with both!
    Carol from Carol's Jewelry Orchard

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  12. What a great post. I wish I had somewhere warm to go if even only in my mind during the winter.

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  13. Nice Lady D. Gets me homesick every time I read about home.

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  14. Oh how beautiful....I want to be there now!!!

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  15. Belize looks amazing! Wish I were there right now :)

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  16. Sounds beautiful! Looks beautiful! Must be beautiful!

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  17. It all sounds amazing, though I'm not too fond of too high temeratures. But I would love to visit those ruins. :)

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  18. Belize looks like a beautiful place!

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