Belize, part 1

Sunday, December 1, 2013

It's finally here. Something that I have been waiting for and thinking about for months now (the original application started in June) is going to happen TOMORROW.

I'm going to Belize.

I know it's a place that a lot of people go, but I don't think that too many people will see Belize the same way that I'm about to see it. I'm going as part of a Winter Interterm class through DU and PLP, and because of that, I think we are going to see a side of Belize that is much more raw and honest than the side that you might see on a cruise or something (not that cruises are bad... what I wouldn't give to spend a few days on a boat just floating around and having fun. #bucketlist).

In preparation for this course, I had to do a fair amount of reading, including The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift by Andres R. Edwards, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott. I also read the Lonely Planet Belize guide, and my copy is already thoroughly dogeared, even though I haven't even been to the country yet. Through these readings, I came to imagine Belize as a magical place; a place where Mayan emperors and magnificent scholars ruled, a place where wild animals roam and live, full of undiscovered wonder and awe. There is the giant blue hole, beaches so pristine, post-card perfect jungles, mystical Mayan ruins, and the clearest turquoise water imaginable. But there is something deeper than that: It is an incredibly lost country, facing several issues without really having the resources or know-how to manage everything it must deal with.

I like to think I'm an optimist, and in my research it has also become clear that the people of Belize are resilient, and they have the capacity to make Belize into a sustainable, beautiful oasis that locals and visitors alike can enjoy. :)

What am I looking forward to the most?

1. Hanging out with my PLP family.
2. Doing a service project at a Belizean High School, also getting my ass handed to me during a soccer match.
3. Mayan ruins. Xunantunich. Look it up. Do it, do it now.
4. THE FOOD. In Colorado, I don't eat seafood. It's like, would you like your sushi with a side of petroleum? No thanks. But being next to the ocean... imagine all the fresh seafood and amazing food. YES.
5. Relaxing in a hammock on a beach, on an island. A HAMMOCK. On a BEACH. What could possibly be more relaxing?

I set a vacation response for my email, and my 12 days of being relatively on the map (thank the Lawd) now commence. :) For those who I will see tomorrow, safe travels and I cannot wait!

As always, thanks for reading.

xoxo,
Zoe




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