A Belizean birthday party on Goff's Caye

Caracol and the Mountain Pine Ridge in Belize: Bandits, mud, the Mayan capital and water falls

Speedboat cruise through the jungle to the Maya site Lamanai

Orange Walk, La Milpa and Chan Chich: Spiders, Snakes and Crocs

Garifuna Settlement Day 2011 in Hopkins, Belize

Caracol - past bandits and through the mud to the Maya capital

1. April 2012 at 11:27



Caracol was one of the largest centers of the Maya world during the classic period, covering an area of over 200 square kilometers. But that is not the first thing we heard about Caracol. The first thing we were told was that it is dangerous. Not the site itself really. But to get there. Thanks to some robberies that have taken place on the intuitively named "Caracol Road" - maybe the worst concoction of pot holes called road in the entire country - it is safe to say that it is not safe to travel this road. That's why you travel this road in a military convoy that makes sure you're not held up on the way to Caracol. When we left Chaa Creek, we were already run...

7th Annual Outstanding Women's Award in Belize City

30. March 2012 at 20:22



On March 29th, the Women's Department held its 7th Annual Outstanding Women's Award in Belize City. All I can say is... WOW. You learned earlier already that I am fan of the Women's Department and their amazing work. Not only for their 10 BZD (5 USD) manicure and pedicure events (which actually take place this Saturday again =) ). But last night's event was another proof what women can achieve with a strong willpower, resilience and a big heart for humanitarian work. 17 women and girls in total received awards for their outstanding involvement in their communities, districts and impact for the whole country. The list of their work is long. Very long. What impress...

Happy Birthday Matthew aka Kid's Birthday Party - Belizean Style!

27. March 2012 at 18:02



Arriving at Goff's CayeArriving at Goff's Caye

When I was a kid, we always went to the Lochmühle for my Birthday. The Lochmühle is a little theme park close to where I grew up. It had a few attractions like a tiny roller coaster, some trampolines and a big slide. But - more importantly - it has a lot of water. Kids love water - a love which I personally have never shed. So when you're in a country that has hundreds of small cayes surrounded by water, where do you celebrate a kid's birthday? Exactly. After a 1 hour quick and nasty work out (crossfit cardio then full body drop sets) we arrived at the Radisson Marina at 9:15 (after a nasty call from Dionne - THE GERMANS ARE LATE WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?!). Big...

Public Mass Shaving for Cancer Awareness

19. March 2012 at 22:34



At the end of august, Kerstin and I met Belize's first lady for the first time. OK, we didn't really meet. Nobody introduced us. But we were at the same party she was at. That's her, Kim Simplis-Barrow, below all the way on the left. The little girl next to her is her daughter. I met her again at the beginning of November when she helped us unveil the Destination Belize Magazine for 2012, the prime marketing tool published by BTIA. That's her again, second from left (Photo curtesy of Senior JICA volunteer Mr. Katsumi Nagamori): In December, Kim Simplis-Barrow (or Miss Kim, as she is commonly called) was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent treatment immediately. ...

Belize Red Cross move - aus neu mach alt

29. February 2012 at 18:03



New building / neues Gebaeude

    Das Belize Red Cross ist eine Bewegung. Und Bewegungen bewegen sich auch ab und an. In unserem Fall von Container zu Haus. Genauer gesagt von 'neuem' Buero (von den Sisters of Mercy at St. Catherines Girl School gemietet; direkt am Ozean)  zum 'alten' Buero (ausgebrannt und wieder aufgebaut nach einem Brandanschlag im Dezember 2010; immernoch in der Touristengegend, aber etwas zentraler). Die groessten Aenderungen sind wohl mehr Platz fuer jeden, kaum Parkplaetze (was mir egal sein kann), schiefe Boeden und keine Klimaanlage, dafuer diverse Ventilatoren. Achja.. und jedesmal wenn jemand die Klospuelung zieht, kriegen wir ein kleines Nasen-Quiz vom Abwa...

Belize Red Cross move - from new to old

29. February 2012 at 18:01



New building / neues GebaeudeNew building / neues Gebaeude

    The Belize Red Cross is a Movement. And Movements move. In our case from office to office. To be more precise: From our 'new' building (rented from the Sisters of Mercy at St. Catherines Girl School; right at the ocean), to our 'old' building (burnt and restored after an arson attach in Decemeber 2010; still in the touristy area but well more 'centrally' located). The biggest changes are more space for everybody, hardly any parking (which doesn't matter for me anyway), crooket floors and no more A/C but a lot of ceiling fans. Ahja.. and everytime someone flushes the toilet the sewage tank (right under our window) shares a little quize with us what ...

Trying to spark international solidarity to fight offshore oil drilling in the Belize Barrier Reef.

27. February 2012 at 16:02



Hi folks, this is what I've been busy with the last week. Please take a minute to read and support us by clicking and sharing if you like! Thanks!  Holger Last year, the government of Belize sold concessions to drill for oil to 18 oil exploration companies. They parceled the entire country behind closed doors. Including protected areas and the Barrier Reef - second or third largest in the world (depending on how you define large). When the deed was done and the fact was leaked, there was a public outcry in Belize. Over 80% of Belizeans oppose offshore oil drilling. A coalition of NGOs started to initiate the referendum process laid out in Belize's const...

Photo blog: Caye Caulker askew

27. February 2012 at 15:04



I've been to Caye Caulker a lot lately, working on a promotional video for the BTIA, taking and editing thousands of high resolution, colorful postcard photos of Caye Caulker. In fact, it's hard to take a picture there that does not look like a typical postcard. To give my brain and eyes and trigger finger a little postcard break, I tried anyways. -------------- Ich war in den letzten Wochen sehr oft auf Caye Caulker, um ein Video für die Insel zu schießen. Dafür hab ich Tausende Fotos und Videos geschossen und editiert: So scharf und farbkräftig wie möglich. Alles Postkartenmotive (ist auch schwer, dort eine Szene zu finden, die nicht Postkarte ist). Um Hirn, Augen und Z...