CTurner's Travel Journals


  • 26 years old
  • From California, United States
  • Currently in California, United States


A blog of my adventures while studying in San Ignacio, Belize.

Creole, Coconuts, and Corn tortillas

Belize Belize  |  Jan 24, 2011
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 Well, I am catching on to the Creole a little better... 

January 22, 2011

Well, I am catching on to the Creole a little better. Last night Sam and Enita had a campfire in the backyard and invited some friends over to roast sausages and marshmallows. Their friends were very nice and funny, and I understood a lot of what was said. Generally I missed whenever there was a really funny joke, or someone talked directly to me. But it is a work in progress. Martha mentioned a book that is written in Creole that I may take a look at later. I have realized certain things such as, ‘th’ is said as ‘d’ (ie. Wha’s dat?), ‘g’s are not used (ie. Good Mawnin), and it is common to drop the last consonant of a word.
Thursday night Laura and I went to a house party thrown by some of the people we go to school with. They were all very nice and welcoming and I declared myself as the ‘designated walker’ and enjoyed meeting the locals.
Today Meghan and I went to the village of Esparanza with Sam, Ennita, and Emir. We visited Sam’s parents house, where he grew up. It was really neat. They have a some property with pigs and all sorts of fruit trees. We ate oranges and coconut of the tree. It was amazing. Sam let us try cutting the coconuts open with the machete, but I still need work. I was surprised at how good the coconut water was, a vast improvement from the version of coconut water that I tried in the US. I was amazed by all the different kinds of fruit that I never knew existed, and was surprised by the almond tree. Sam said when the almonds and pineapple are ripe we will go back, and his mother Janet offered to teach us how to make Creole bread.
The initial excitement of being in a foreign country wore off a little this week and I began missing home some, but I did have a break through in the kitchen. With Martha’s help I made my first corn tortilla :D Laura and I were very proud and documented the moment. It was a really special to spend time in the kitchen with Martha, and she told us the story of how she and Pablo met. Next up: flour tortillas.
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    DAD wrote: Mon Jan 24, 2011
    Care Bear
    I have loved reading all of your blogs and journal entries. You have a great way of describing what you are doing, and I like that you are so engaging not only with what you are writing, but with all of the people that you meet. I am sure that you make them all feel very special. That is a gift that your Mom has as well which is why so many people love to be around her.

    We love you and miss you, but are so happy that you have this opportunity to experience a different culture.

    By the way, how did your tortilla's taste?