A week of travelling
Trip Start Aug 21, 2006
16Trip End Aug 18, 2007
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In La Carpio I ended up talking to a grandmother who stopped me on the street. She was so excited when she found out I was a teacher and spoke about the school and what she considers to be the void it is not filling in the youths education. She said that there is no sex education in La Carpio, and that she attributes her 12 year old granddaughter getting pregnant to this. She mentioned that if volunteers from Upeace come she thinks sex education is what we should teach, though I'm not too sure how that would be seen by the rest of the community.
And the other exciting story is that I have just returned from a weekend in Tortugeras, which is located pretty near to the Nicaraguan border on the Carribean side. Tortugueras is the national park set up for the conservation of sea turtles. The hotel where we were staying was built on a tiny piece of land lying between a lagoon and the ocean, and me and some classmates spent the weekend taking boat tours in the canals, watching wildlife (I saw SO many monkeys!) and relaxing. We saw sea turtles and barracudas in the ocean (no swimming on that beach!) and water buffalo in the lagoon, crocodiles and monkeys (no swimming on that side either, but there was a beautiful pool at the hotel, so we made up for it). Anyone who comes for a visit here will ABSOLUTELY be brought there; it's really quite a sight.
And now it's back to work, I have a really big paper due tomorrow and another class starting then, research methods, promises to be lots of fun (can we all hear the sarcasm in my voice?). The only good thing about it is that by the end of this class we're supposed to have the subject of our thesis and started to have collected some information. I promise to write about that soon, but for now I'm back to work.
One last thing, my wonderful father knows so much more than I do about technology and has managed to get me an internet phone registered in Montreal, so I have a phone attached to my Internet modem that people can call as if they were calling a regular 514 phone number a.ka. no long distance charges. I feel a bit sketchy about giving out my phone number on the internet, but if anyone wants to be in touch with me send me an e-mail and I'll get you the phone number.