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Some additional photos from our first day

July 22, 2015
Blair trying the traditional treatment for warts.

Blair trying the traditional treatment for warts.

Doreen introducing the group to Cohune palms!

Doreen introducing the group to Cohune palms!

Jennifer jump-roping over a root from a Philodendron, turned by Annabelle and Kim

Jennifer jump-roping over a root from a Philodendron, turned by Annabelle and Kim

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  1. Linda Schafer permalink
    July 22, 2015 6:54 pm

    Glad you are there safe and sound. Have fun! Learn lots!

  2. G. Byfield permalink
    July 22, 2015 8:36 pm

    The students were excited to read about the team’s first day in Belize. They had not heard of a kinkajou before and spent some time researching the animal online. Everyone thinks they are cute looking animals. Questions of the day for Doreen:
    – Were you scared of the Howler Monkeys?
    – Did they get really close and try to take anything from you?
    – What type of food did you have for dinner on the first night?
    – What kinds of nocturnal animals did you see on the first evening walk?

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 23, 2015 8:15 pm

      Hello SAU STEM Camp! My first day in Belize I had the opportunity to visit the Howler Monkeys in their natural habitat at the Community Baboon Sanctuary. The Howler Monkeys were just over my head, hanging upside down, on the tree. I had a hat on, just in case they pooped. Surprisingly I was not afraid of them.

      My first night I had grille shrimp kabobs, and fresh pineapple juice for dinner.

      We ended the night with a night walk and observed Walking Sticks, Tarantulas, Moths eating cherries, Cicadas and scorpions to name a few. Doreen Cunningham

  3. Victor Denny permalink
    July 22, 2015 9:05 pm

    The students in my music class wanted to know if you have heard any music so far? Does it sound any like American music? Are the instruments different? Since English is not the main language of Belize, how do you communicate?

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2015 6:23 am

      We have spent most of our first days studying nature, so we have not heard much music. However when we visited Domingo Ruiz Cave, we sat in the dark and learned a folk song “The Dory” from our Belizean teachers. The song was in Calypso style like in the Caribbean. We shopped at a market where some instruments were purchased by our group – a rainstick, a bamboo log drum, and a flute – traditional Mayan instruments. Here the national language is English and people mainly speak it to us. from Terry Denny

  4. July 23, 2015 7:04 am

    I hope the nature treatment helps Blair with her warts!! LOL Love the cave picture.

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