|Jana: English-German translator|
|Thursday, 05 March 2009 00:00|
Who are you and where are you coming from?
I am Jana and I am from Munich in Germany.
What is your activity right now?
I work as an English-German translator with clients all over the world via the Internet.
Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?
It is a LOT warmer than Germany, they speak English here, I wanted to experience a different lifestyle and I needed to get out of the rat race that is taking place in Germany before I get too old and too set in my ways to be able to move.
How long have you been in Belize?
What do you miss the most, if anything?
Good movie theaters, book stores (although Amazon.com is great for getting new books here fast and not too expensive), my friends and family (sometimes), good cheese and meat, ok, really good restaurants for that matter.
Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?
The slow pace here in the country. Although I had expected the laid-back life-style, I never expected it to be THAT laid-back and it took a while to get used to it. I was positively surprised when I noticed people standing in long queues at banks or other places without complaining, just chatting.
Any advices to give to the readers?
If you plan on living in Belize, stay here for a while in a rental, get to know the people and see if you can handle the completely different way of living, shops with less variety than you are used to, etc. Then buy. Take your time, take lots of time to find the right spot so you can be happy for a long time. Pick a qualified and knowledgeable real estate agent. Talk to people who made the change. Belize is great, but you need to check it out first. A short holiday is very different from actually living here. The people here a wonderful and warm and friendly and usually a pleasure to be around.
Do you have something else to share with us?Some experiences and fun stories from a farm in Western Belize in Central America, by two gringas at "Whistling Ducks Farm Belize"