Sunday, June 22, 2014--
Hey to my family and friends and students!! Hello also to my fellow travelers' family and friends!! I hope you are enjoying keeping up with our trip!
I slept in a hammock last night!! It was very comfortable! The homestay family is very nice and so is their home. We had breakfast with our host families. (Pairs of teachers are staying at different home stays with varying levels of 'comforts' like wifi or air conditioning.) Our host family took us to a restaurant in the market for breakfast. They are very funny and welcoming people.
We are learning more about the culture and education through the Na'atik Center, teachers, and students involved with the program. We started with a celebration of Carrie's birthday with singing and a delicious cake!
Joined by people from the Na'atik Center, we went to the Sijil Noh Lagoon and cenote. It is a beautiful place off the beaten path. Some of us trekked through mud and 'jungle' and someoif us canoed to another beautiful cenote (not in a cave). Snorkeling in the cenote and seeing small, colorful fish was fun! The climb up & down the wooden fire tower was a little frightening yet the view was well worth it!
Another fantastic meal was prepared for us there at the lagoon/cenote. I am so impressed at their ability to be such wonderful hosts at places with only the very basic essentials. Someone picked a fresh watermelon for a delicious & impromptu snack.
We are all just arriving back to our host families for the evening. Buenos Noches!