Well, I am really good at failing to keep up with my tumblr as is obviously seen here. But I am avoiding all homework and I have a half hour so now seems like the right time for some Belize loving.
We will go on ahead with day two! We got up sort of early but not too bad and Amy made us breakfast. I can’t remember if I mentioned Amy in the last post but she is a nursing student in her 40’s and she is such a mom. I loved her so much because she always had us covered if we needed anything but wasn’t annoying. She is definitely “the cool mom.” So we had scrambled eggs and then went to mass.
Now this is definitely the best mass I have ever been to. Since we have a built in priest, our group opted to go on our own instead of with the locals and had Fr. Curran say the mass for us. He, of course, is just wonderful in general but this mass was exceptional. It was short with no music but we had an interactive homily kind of. He spoke for a few minutes then asked what we would like to get out of the trip and we just got share with one another. Then for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, he called us all up around the altar and we stood around him while he prepared everything and blessed it. It was pretty cool. And our Eucharist was challa, literally a loaf of bread, that had been given to us. All around it was just so different than anything I have experienced and was for sure the beginning of my connection to Belize.
After that, we headed to the Mayan ruins and just spent a few hours roaming around. It was pretty good and I do like seeing old crumbling buildings don’t get me wrong. I was just a little disappointed people had voted to go see stone piles over hiking up to water falls and plunging into water from cliffs. My group wasn’t always exactly the adventurous type. The ruins were fun though. Theresa and I took our own hike down through the jungle and walked along creeks, hoping to find a massive waterfall but the largest one we found was about 3 feet….disappointment. Then Mindy took some of us through the jungle and really let her inner biology freak show by stopping every few seconds to excitedly talk about the plants and insects we kept seeing.
I bought my first bracelet at the ruins and it is probably my favorite one. Shauna has a similar one and I really like it a lot.
After the ruins, we went back to PG, changed into swim suits, and went down to the sea….which was really gross. We all got in the water, some more than others, and it was fun but the water wasn’t very clean. There aren’t any beaches in PG so we just kind of threw our stuff on a rocky shore and rolled with that. It was still fun though!
We had spaghetti for dinner courtesy of Amy and then had evening reflection. The most memorable was Clyde’s. He is a man of many words and every single thing that comes out of his mouth is genius. He is just inspirational. I wish I could have quoted everything. One thing I do sort of remember is him talking about how we are not master builders, but workers. We may not see the finished product but we made it possible. We are prophets of the future, for the future…… Mind blown. He rocks.
After that, we just made PB&J’s for the work day and I discovered that Theresa is evil because she makes double butt sandwiches with the ends of the loaves. But the kicker is the she puts the butt part facing in so whoever looks at it thinks they are taking a normal sandwich. Pure evil.
That pretty much sums up that day. I remember liking it a lot more the second day but still being sort of sad at night. Thankfully, by day three that was completely gone. Hopefully more updates come soon.