Update from The Island

Well, we made it to the island!

All is safe and sound!

Since, it’s been awhile since the last post I’m not sure where to start.

So I’ll just share some pics and short anecdotes, and of course these are in a random order; 

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The site of Xunantunich was beautiful.   The ruins and stories were great!   We started here on Tuesday morning.

  
One of my favourite shots of Xunantunich

   
On Monday our first stop was a jungle hike.  Although the hike was missing, we did learn a lot about Jungle survival.  

I do have pics of Cave tubing which we enjoyed but they are on another camera so you’ll not see these for awhile.  I did not take pics of us zip lining.  

   
Back to Xunantunich   

 The kids showed no fear on top of El Castillo.

     A highlight for me was learning about the life cycle of the Blue Morpho before getting to see them yesterday.

  A post soccer game pic from yesterday.  Our students were impressed that we only lost 7 to 1.

    
Today we Visited the Belize Zoo.   This zoo only houses local fauna, and focuses on rehibilitation and release.

  
A pic during the thrill of the action; it was very hot, I was impressed with the effort exhibited during the game regardless of how tired people were and how hot it was.

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Lamanai

Well to start – I was wrong!

Today we travelled down the New River on our way to Lamanai.

The Mayan Ruins of Lamanai were incredible.   What an interesting history!

Our day started with boarding the boat and heading north from the resort to see a rum distillery and meet a friendly spider monkey!   The monkey got pretty close – but from where I was sitting and the camera I had I did not get a great pic!   Not a big loss…   Lol

  

We then headed south to the ruins.   The boat ride was wonderful and filled with many sights, sounds, smells.  For most of the ride we were down an engine – but it just elongated the day, which can in my mind made it better!

Once we arrived and entered the archeological site I noticed the humidity, but all in all it hasn’t been too hot – although this afternoon I noticed it was getting close.

Lamanai loosly translates to city of the submerged crocodile.

While there we saw 3 temples, some howler monkeys and an old sugar mill.
   
 

I really enjoyed the many trees I saw and the stories about them.  One of my favourite is the bullet tree;  apparently their fibers are woven making them very strong and as a result were an effective armour against Spanish bullets.

   

Our first temple was the Temple of the Masks – so named because at one time it had 13 of these masks on it.

    

Some of the metal remnants of the old sugar mill

    
    
    
  

Jaguar Temple, you can make out the foundation of a face of a jaguar that would have been cemented and painted like most of the facade. 
  

A pic of the KP students QE and DHS students at the High Temple
 
By the time we got back on the boat the second engine was fixed and we had a much quicker return trip.
When we got back, the students were able to enjoy some free time.  Which for Aidan meant some Volleyball.  He was in his glory!

  

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Belize

Well it may have felt like it took a long time to travel here – but not as little Ng as we’ve been planning and preparing for the trip.

I really wish I could have grabbed a picture coming off the plane.   The airport sign was bright with all the colours of the rainbow.

After clearing immigration, collecting our bags and then customs it wasn’t long before meeting our tour director; Efrain.   He is very friendly and obviously passionate about the outdoors and tourism.

We made a quick stop at a shopping market to grab snacks.   Students quickly realized that prices appeared expensive.  A bag of chips costs $4.50 USD or $9 BZD.

   

I did find some flavoured (salsa) plantain chips.   They are delicious and I’ll want to buy another bag for sure!

The hotel is new and very nice.   I can’t wait to see it in the daylight.

I’m noticing the similarities between us and the Italy trip.  Tonight’s supper was spaghetti and tomorrow while the Italy travelers are on the Venetian Canals we’ll be boating the river Lamanai!

  
    
    
 

This morning I was able to watch the sunrise and listen to many birds!
   
  

  

 

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Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome to a new semester, I am so excited to be working with you this year!

It is great to be back in the Drama Classroom.

I am looking forward to spending this semester getting to know you.

This semester I am going to try using google classroom instead of a wordpress blog.

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ADA 4M1 – 01  (Block A)

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Glad to see ELA is still in the News

I’ve known that this research has been on going at ELA for a number of years.

But I am glad to see that the world class research institute in Northwestern Ontario’s back yard is shedding light on it’s scientific success stories after the controversial news of lately regarding their funding.

Maybe IISD will do a good job of releasing the unique ground breaking research that can only happen at this facility.

Be sure to read this news article; Birth control pills have negative effect on lake ecosystems: study

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Let’s go for a walk!

Maybe this explains why I am so happy?   I like to hike!

Study: Hiking Makes You Happier

Research shows outdoor walks improve mental health

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Late Start Day

It’s time for the teachers to go to school too, and learn in our Peer-Learning-Committees.

As a result Period 1 class will start at 10:15 on Monday September 29th

Here’s the schedule for the day!

Class Schedule

PLC 8:50-10:05    

Break   10:05-10:15          

Period One 10:15 to 11:20

Lunch 11:20 to 12:20

Period Two 12:20 to 1:10

Break 1:10 to 1:20

Period Three 1:20 to 2:10

Break 2:10 to 2:20

Period Four 2:20 to 3:10   

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