The Question of the day today, La Pregunta del Día #4:
“Ten years from now, what do you think will first come to mind when you think of Guatemala?”
CRA Middle School:
Auggie – The temples, the zip-lining, or my puns, such as “Can you Belize fill up my water?”
Autumn – The zip line – it was the most fun thing. I was dehydrated after it, so that was fun!
Cale – When we went up temple #4, Mr. Elder and I ran up the stairs and he beat me by a couple hundred feet.
Calvin – The Guatemalans have deforested much of the countryside.
Ella – The residential plaza in Tikal where all the elites lived.
Harrison – The higher people were, the closer they thought they were to the Gods; that sunk in my mind.
Jaida – The people – it goes a long way if you try to speak Spanish… there was one guy who joked with me… and the way he interacted, the Guatemalans are very nice to people.
Mia – Exploring the Mayan ruins, especially the temples. I think that was a once in a lifetime thing for most people.
Nico – The temples, zip lining, monkeys, and the relationship that is building between these two (Auggie and Morgan).
Nolan – I will remember that I’m not allowed to take food across the border. They took my pistachios!
Sophie – The food – better than American food. And zip-lining!
Mr. Elder – Watching a number of the approximate 1,000 Guatemalan students who cross the border daily to attend Belizean schools. They had to go through emigration/immigration 2x a day just to get a better education!
John – So much. Jeez. The cave boating [that was Belize John – the question focuses our attention only on our time in Guatemala]. When we approached the main plaza and came up on the back-side of the King’s temple. We walked up between the elite residences and the King’s temple in the rising mist. Or the Spider Monkeys Auggie and I saw. It’s hard to know what will stimulate my memory.
Tracy – The Ruins of Tikal.
Paul – The Orange-Breasted Falcom perched atop King Chocolate Jr.’s temple. Undoubtedly!
Chad – There I was, the randomness of it all, to stand inside Tikal, be atop temple 4 with my daughter, the birthday cake from Carolita at dinner, just a lot of things.
Morgan – The speech Heather gave me before the zip-lining because I was kind of scared; and then it was a lot of fun and I totally want to do it again.
Kendra – Standing on the temple where Star Wars was filmed (Temple IV where episode 4 was filmed).
Maureen – The highest temple in Tikal and how beautiful it was.
Molly – I am going to remember when Kendra lost her wallet. And Kendra was crying (“No, I was balling like a baby” – Kendra) and Erick came in and saved the day like he always does.
Nick – The view from the fourth temple in Tikal. When we were walking up and seeing that carpet of green above the tree line, it was just breathtaking!
Madison – The tarantula in my bathtub and a monkey almost peeing on my dad.
Eli – Having a monkey pee on me was a novel experience. But probably sitting atop the tallest temple in Tikal and looking out over 1,000 square miles of forest canopy with a few Mayan temples sticking out of the top of it.
Heather – I had heard of Myan Pyramids, but once I was there, I couldn’t even begin to describe being there. It was unforgettable.
At dinner this evening, back at Crystal Paradise just outside of San Ignacio, Belize, Paul thanked everyone for their behavior and for being such an excellent group.
There was just one thing he said we really needed to work on (after going over our itinerary for tomorrow, including that we must pack everything up and be ready to go on time. Silence. Mr. Elder groaned, “Really!?!” Amazed nobody knew of what Paul was speaking of. Then Sophie said, “Don’t leave our stuff behind.” Exactly!
Paul said that if there was one thing we needed to do – and that this group had been reminded plenty of times – was to not leave anything behind. Nick, in a dry monotone, reflected loudly, “Well, I guess we just left that one behind.”
Everyone burst out laughing; yes, we have found the Pun King for our trip!