Friday, March 4, 2011

Random Search

I was out for an evening walk when I was stopped by the police and searched. They were looking for drugs and weapons. Of course I had neither. They asked me where I was staying, where I was from, if I had a passport, and then what my Kindle was. I didn't have my passport with me because I have never been stopped before, and usually leave it in my apartment when I go out, unless I am doing something for which I know I will need it. It was a short event, and didn't bother me in the slightest, but it is in the nature of such events to leave one's heart pounding and breath a little short after.

I finished my walk and then sat in the park in front of my apartment to do some reading for a while. While I was sitting there, the truck drove down Main Street, but they did not bother me this time. I suppose one search in an evening is enough, right? I do not know if such random searches are the norm here, but I know Belize has been stepping up its efforts to deal with drugs in the last couple of years.


  1. You look like a drug dealer, you americano. What other reason will a young man have for actually walking out in the open air? And you must be sending secret messages or setting off bombs with that kindle. I hope they spoke English. LOL. I do hope you sense the tongue-in-cheek nature of my comments.

  2. The official language of Belize is English, so they probably spoke it, Lynn. And yes, it is kind of funny and scary at the same time.

  3. Dallen is write. Most everybody speaks English, although some older people mix in Creole without realizing it.

    The police spoke English though, no problems.



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