World AIDS Day
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Mon 1 Dec 2008
World AIDS Day �"
Back in the park, all the kids partook in the fair activities. There were several games for them to play and win candy and pencils. Everywhere you turned there were kids sucking on candy or snow cones. I was surprised to see the kids so interested. They were grabbing brochures off the tables as if they were candy. Some had to take notes for schoolwork. The teachers did a good job keeping the students in line and they were well disciplined. I gladly continued to walk around as paparazzi for the day. Usually I don’t like to snap shots of kids without their okay, but this was the perfect opportunity, since it was my job for the day. We had food catered for us �" sooo much better than the lunch on Fun Day. We had Johnny cakes, banana muffins, rice & beans, chicken and plaintains. Yummy. The festivities started winding down a bit past lunchtime. All the kids went back to school. Some came back during their lunch break. The volunteer booths kept on with their games on HIV/AIDS and health.
When Nick arrived, we ran around to do some errands. We decided to take a quick trip to Cahal Pech and figure out how to go through the back way without paying. After some navigating and winding up the narrow paths behind Cahal Pech, we finally made it to the top. Now I know for certain I can show the other volunteers how to get there.
It was amazing coming up through the back. And for the second time visiting Cahal Pech, I fell in love with it’s serenity and peacefulness. We walked right up to the ruins straight through and arched passageway. When we came out the other end, we were right in the middle of the large plaza. Again, it was a surreal experience. I thought I wouldn’t really care about seeing the ruins again, but these are different than Xunantunich and
I had to be back by 5PM to take photographs of Sheni’s house. We arrived back to Cornerstone on Belizean time, even though her family and Tanya were on real time. Ooops. Sheni’s house is amazing. I love seeing other people’s homes, wherever I go and here, no two Belizean homes are the same. Sheni is a very kind-hearted lady. She wants so start up a homestay and I’ve agreed to help her out. I’ll probably make a really simple website for her. Most important though, I think, is getting the word out hooking her up with local organizations and global organizations.