Amber's Overall Reflection!!

Trip Start Apr 22, 2013
Trip End Jul 22, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Chiapas,
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Throughout Central America I've noticed many rich but also many poor people. Stray dogs roam the streets, ribs showing and all skin and bones. This struck me to be one of the big differences between Central America and New Zealand.
Caused by poverty the dogs are forced to live on the scraps they find on the streets and in rubbish bins!! Saying that though there are a lot of very rich people and well cared for dogs, mostly based in the wealthier cities like the capitals ... for instance Guatemala City. In Zone 9 and 10, the wealthier parts of the city, high rises and malls tower above everything. Compare this to Zone 1 and 2 ... practically Shanty Towns!!

Although this being the case, I've enjoyed my whole trip. Learning about the poor and wealthy, how to travel safely and most of all the language and culture!!
Some of my most favourite experiences have been the Fair in Antigua, Guatemala, zooming on the rides and having a buzz experiencing the whole night!! I remember hopping onto the rides, blood pumping through my veins. I wrenched my eyes shut and waited to be swung upside down. As I hopped off a wave of adrenaline hit me. I was petrified but at the same time swarming with excitement. What a ride!!! The best part was Zahn winning me a beautiful pink, stuffed lady bird toy from a marble game. I named her Bubbles!
Another great opportunity was visiting the Animal Sanctuary in Oaxaca, Mexico!! Also one of my favourites was the Bay Islands in Honduras! Over the whole of this trip we have had so many great adventures and times together! Wonderful memories to keep!!

All has not been easy though as, as a traveler, you experience challenges along the way. Language has been a big challenge but also very motivating to learn. Another was being in a country so far away from home and my pets. It has made me love them so much more though!! I just can't wait to get home and squash Alfie, my cat, in a great big bear hug!!

This trip for me has been an absolutely amazing experience and Central America is now on my list to come back to!! :)
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Tess on

Sorry i have not commented in a while. Its great to see you had an amazing trip and i cant wait to see you again! give me a call as soon as you get home and tell me all about it! :) see ya soon :)

Sue Sweet on

Hi Amber! I have so enjoyed your blogs, what a wonderful experience for you & the family! Travel home safely xx

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