Published: January 20th 2012January 19th 2012
Poor neglected blog! I’m coming back to you, I promise. Life has been a bit crazy, with the end of last semester, followed by a wonderful 3 week break from school, followed by a bit of a stressful return to school. The winter concert at the end of last semester went very well, and I was really happy with it. The students did a great job, everything ran smoothly, and the venue was packed with people.
At the start of winter break, I went to the beach a ton with my friends and finally got to do some diving. I also took one day to go with a bunch of friends over towards the East end of the island. The first stop on our trip was Herby’s, a sports bar. This wouldn’t seem exciting, EXCEPT that it makes you feel as if you’re back in the States and not in Roatan. We actually went on an elevator (the first time since I arrived in Roatan)! Anyway, after getting lunch there, we continued on to Camp Bay, which is waay in the middle of nowhere down a longer-than-average dirt road. The beach was absolutely beautiful and completely deserted. It was a
nice change from West Bay Beach, where I normally go, which is much more developed.
Christmas was relatively calm, and since no one really has family down here we all got together to do dinner. It was kind of nice to have Christmas go by and not be surrounded by the massive amounts of materialism that occurs in the States.
During the second week of break, I went on vacation with some friends to Copan, Honduras and Antigua, Guatemala, but I’ll save the details of the trip for my next post. It was nice to get off the island and see some new areas, but that’s not to say that I wasn’t in a bit of beach withdrawal by the time I got back.
Over the break I also went to Gumbalimba Park, where there are monkeys, birds, an insect museum, and zip lining! I thought that it would be really scary (the zip lining, not the moneys and stuff), and have to admit that I was a bit intimidated when they were gearing us up and provided us with hard hats and work gloves. Luckily I ended up NOT having to use the hard hat for
its intended purpose, and figured out that the work gloves were just for us to hold onto the lines without hurting our hands. I thus escaped my zip lining experience unscathed. (Side note: Well, actually, I was a bit sore the next day, but that’s only because I did the “Superman”: Instead of zip lining normally, where you sort of sit in the holster, you go on your stomach and “fly”. The effect is really cool but it also, I found out too late, meant that my entire body weight was resting on my stomach muscles. And I, being super out of shape, definitely was feeling that the next day). The zip lining itself was really fun. After taking my first leap of faith off of the first platform and figuring out that I was not, in fact, going to plummet the 50-whatever feet to the ground, I found that I quite enjoyed zipping through the tree tops. There were also a bunch of safety precautions, like the fact that we were always clipped on to a safety line in addition to the main line, so it felt really safe. And this is coming from me, a person who fully
admits that she’s afraid of heights.
After zip lining we walked through the rest of the park, and got to hold parrots and monkeys. Well, rather, got to have them sit and/or jump on us while we just stood there like a kid who plays the character of “tree number 3” in his school play. Sorry. That was a weird analogy. Anyway, the monkeys were really cute, and it was a really fun day overall.
The rest of my break I basically spent at the beach, soaking up some sun before going back to school. At this point I’m now into the second week back and school, and so far I’ve lost 1 student but gained 3 more (for those of you keeping up with my class, that means I’m up to 7 students- but only 1 girl), 2 of which don’t speak any English. Gotta keep things interesting, right?
Expect an update soon on the Copan/ Antigua trip! P.S. Scroll down for more pictures!
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