23.08.2012 - 26.08.2012
I'm sweating. That is the constant reality here. I have been sweating since I landed at Belize CIty International Airport (one that looks more like a bus station than an airport). The heat is always present, but the sweating is due to the humidity. We are in the jungle after all.
Orientation week has been an adventure so far, and I didn't expect much else. We've spent much of it getting to know one another (there are 17 students and 5 staff members). We've spent some good time in town yesterday and will do so again today, but our biggest excursion so far was a trip to Black Rock Lodge about a 40 minute drive into the jungle. We hiked upstream along the Macal River and tubed down for about a half hour. On either side was dense jungle which is nothing less than boisterously alive with sound. Birds, monkeys (which I haven't seen yet), and cicadas that screech rather than chirp. I'll include a video of the "falls" that we went over before exiting the river.
Campus is nothing less than a paradise. Aside from the lack of hot water (showers are much better cold here anyway) and machine clothes washers, it is a joy to live in. Here is a link to an album of pics of the campus. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150334380344344.363651.199472899343&type=3
We've spent most of our time in town in San Ignacio, which is across the river from Santa Elena which is closer to campus. Pictures are sure to come as the semester goes on. I figured that I should pay more attention to the locals, who are very friendly and relaxed, than to my camera for a while.