Week six, I heart you

Week 6

I can’t believe I’ve been here for 6 weeks!

And I can’t believe I forgot to tell you that we had a tremor this week. I think it was Monday or Tuesday morning. I got up because i felt my bed shaking, and (funny line of logic here, beware) I thought someone was ironing outside my room, that the ironing board was bumping the wall, and the wall was shaking the table, and the table was shaking my bed. But when I looked, no one was ironing, and the ironing table was about 3 feet from the wall…

Later I learned it was a tremor. That made more sense than an animated ironing board, but, you know, I was sleeeeeeping.

Here are some pics of classes this week.Every morning the kids line up and sing the Belize National anthem while raising the Belize flag.Then they do morning prayers together and begin class.I can almost sing the anthem myself…

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I have know idea what’s going on here, but obviously it was VERY funny…

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On Valentine’s Day, I went with the Standard 6 students to a science bee in Los Tambos.San Marcos school won second place, out of about 8 schools.

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Think if this is what it looked like outside your classroom window

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The bus

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In the afternoon, we did an art lesson in each class and made Valentine’s Day cards.

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My two valentines

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On Friday night, Santa Familia school had a Valentines Day Festival. Lots of food, games and dancing…

The girls

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The boys

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The teachers

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And these jokers

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My Santa Familia Valentines

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Oh, and PS: My phone card didn’t work. I guess on double minute days, everyone tries to call and the network gets jammed :( So much for my $20 worth of happy phone time.

Bryan Buffington Wilson

Bryan Buffington Wilson

That’s right. I said Buffington.

He’s the type of brother to walk into your gymnastics class and do a standing back tuck, when you’ve been practicing for over a year—he was just there with your dad to pick you up.

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Today is his birthday.Happy birthday Bryan!

Update: I am teaching two classes in the morning and doing an art activity with the Infant classes in the afternoons at the San Marcos school. Here are my new classes:

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Classes on Tuesday afternoon were canceled to clear a soccer field.It was only supposed to be the standard 4, 5 & 6 classes, but the smoke was so bad everyone had to go outside. I got a kick out of the infant classes- they just pulled up their plastic chairs and watched, like it was a soccer game or something:

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I did not get a kick out of the tarantula…

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Tomorrow election day in Belize, so all schools are closed tomorrow and Friday. That means 2 days off, yahoo!

Miss you!
Love you!
Tell my brother happy birthday if you know him…

Coconuts and Mayan Ruins. And Mayan runs.

Whatsoever things are praiseworthy
(write them in my blog)

I am up to 5 friends.

Sabrina’s sister, Sara—friend number 2, said on Friday, “Let’s get some coconuts,” and then she handed me a machete because I am the tallest. We chopped 3 coconuts from three trees.

Then we were attacked by fire ants.

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We dug holes in the side of each coconut to drink the water, and then we chopped the coconut in half and ate the inside. Delish.

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Today (Saturday) the Infant 1 teacher, Ms. Miguelina—friend number 3, invited me to go to Xunantunich with her husband, Domingo, and her daughter, Diana—friends number 4 and 5.

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We took a ferry across the river

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Passed the local arts & crafts market

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And spent the day hiking up & down the ruins

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Original Mayan Art, on the side of one wall
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Tip: look for the pink shorts

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Ms. Mig & Domingo
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On the way home, we stopped at the San Ignacio farmer’s market, and I met Ms. Miguelina’s father, who sells vegetables.

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And then we drove home in the back of the truck with our little cokes and sprites in plastic bags

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Now, for the down and dirty (read at your own risk). Yesterday morning I “caught a pain” in my stomach, and hadn’t been able to eat all day. I went to bed last night with a low fever and a sore throat, so I took some Tylenol and begged my mom to pray that I would be able to go to Xunantunich today. I woke up feeling fine. I made it through the entire day, problem free, then came home and crapped my pants.

Now there’s a praise and a prayer request in the same sentence.