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2011-10-28 Swimming with Sea Turtles

Week 6 Oct. 2-9

            This week was our second full week of classes. Every other week we haven’t had classes for the full week because we have had designated trips or holidays. It was rough. The classes are all really interesting but the days are long. Mondays to Thursdays we are in class until four in the afternoon or later and we start at eight-thirty. We get an hour break for lunch, which is nice, but it doesn’t leave us with much room for both homework and relaxing time. Especially since it gets dark here around five-thirty it’s hard to do a ton during the week besides classes and homework. Of course we relax some on the field trips and we don’t always have tons of homework, it depends on the week, but it is a different schedule for me and it can be exhausting sometimes.

            Week 7 Oct. 10-17

            This week we went to the Caribbean as part of a school trip. It was amazing how completely different it was from the central valley where we live, and yet it was only a few hours away. We spent six days there, so I will just share the best experience and the worst experience of the trip. The worst was on the first day; we stopped at one of the national parks and I saw some the most gigantic spiders I have ever seen in my life. I have a very irrational fear of spiders that dates back to, well ever since I can remember, so I was terrified. I still haven’t completely gotten over the experience. The best part of the trip was when we went snorkeling. I think this was probably one of the best experiences of my life. We swam in the coral reef in Cahuita and I saw more tropical fish than any aquarium could hold. But the best part of the day was the sea turtle we saw, which I got to swim with before he raced away. I was stunned and so excited. It was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life!    

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