Who are you and where are you coming from?
My name is William Hofman, born in Holland but since 1997 live in Belize.
What is your activity right now?
I have worked here for many years in many different jobs from independent handyman, waiter, bartender, internet manager, bar owner and at the moment have a business as a independent shuttle driver. Providing dependable, safe and comfortable transportation mainly to and from the Belize International Airport, Municipal Airport, Water-taxi and many more destinations within Belize.
Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?
All of us go sooner or later thru all the stages in life, from playing with toys, to dating, marriage, kids and so forth but at one stage in my life was wondering if what I was doing for the last years, working in a plant, was all in my life. Doubts came up about what I wanted in my life and how to get it, wanting to leave but promotions, a new relationship, etc etc... always kept me back from initiating the move. Visited Belize twice in 1993/94 and knew about the "roughness" and beauty of the country, the easier way to conduct business and the mellow "demeanor" of the people. Well in 1997 finally the famous straw that broke the camels back happened, I had to go to 5 funerals in 2 months where the youngest was 52 and the oldest one was 63, sitting there at the age of 30 I thought that it was time, I was old enough to know something and young enough to start over, AND SO I DID.
How long have you been in Belize?
All together its now been 9 years and still loving it.
What do you miss the most, if anything?
Some of the food that was available in Holland and the chocolate.
Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?
The biggest surprise was that now in the years that I have spend here I did learn more how to survive anywhere in the world, then I ever did in Holland, the language and the diversity in the people. How much I felt eventually a stranger in my birth country and the pride I felt knowing that I was a Belizean first and Dutch second. Receiving the nationality in 2000 and not wanting to go back but feeling at home here.
Any advices to give to the readers?
Whatever your reasons might be to read my story and how much it hits or misses, Belize is a special country with a lot of things that are worth experiencing and to learn, but also a country where you will have to keep your eyes open and keep your common sens going, as everywhere there are hidden "dangers/things that you didn't thought would be important", that can ruin a otherwise good experience.
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