Trip Start Aug 29, 2005
10Trip End Jun 01, 2006
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This week was orientation. I don't start my job until next week. I have no idea what to expect. For the first part of orientation, speakers spoke about Belize. I thought that most of the speakers were too general. One thing that I did not know was during emancipation of the slave after the civil war many southerners fled to Belize. One reason for choosing Belize was because the language spoken is English. However, growing crops in the jungle was too hard and most went home. The most interesting speaker was a lady from the woman's center
Thursday after the morning presentation, we went to Old Belize. Old Belize is new not old. The taxi cab driver said that the reason why it was called old Belize was because that was what Belize city used to look like thirtyyears ago. First we had lunch, then we went to the museum and finally we went swimming. Swimming was fun. There was a water trampoline and a rope swing.
Friday we took a guided tour to Xunantunach, meaning stone maiden. Historically, locals used to avoid the ruins because they believed that a maiden lived in Castillo, the main building and guarded the ruins. We were able to climb the stone steps to the top where we could see parts of Guatemala and Belize. There were no guard rails.
By the field were huge termite nests and a strangler fig. Strangler figs are interesting because they begin as an epiphyte and then slowly take over its host. The advantage is that the tree can get lots of sun.