14.11.2012 - 21.12.2012
It's been a while since we last wrote a blog. Although its true life may not be quite as interesting to read about any more I still think enough has happened in the last couple of months (!) since the last entry to warrant another.
Kerri and I are both well and enjoying life here in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Work is still great, but we now have been working for four months without a holiday (which feels like a very long time to us) so we are looking forward to a break for Christmas. Classes are all going well, our students that started with us in August have all learnt some English, so I suppose we must be doing an ok job. I am finally starting to not completely hate teaching kinder, mainly because the kids do actually do and say the funniest things; Bryan (aged 5): “It's my birthday today.” Me: “How old are you?” Bryan: “21.”
I don't know, I guess you had to be there. Plans are in motion to increase numbers at the school for January, including our grand inauguration on Saturday-ribbon cutting, cake, the works. After that we have the all-singing, all-dancing, 'graduation' ceremony/Christmas party. Should be fun if all goes to plan, if not it has potential to be a complete nightmare so we'll let you know.
We have managed to escape the rat-race of small town Mexican life a few times too. We took a trip to Punta Allen for a few days recently, and that was pretty awesome. It's a small fishing village you can only access by a 3 hour drive down a dirt track through the jungle, interspersed with stunning Caribbean views. We are lucky enough to have friends who own a fishing lodge on the beach so we got an excellent deal for a far nicer room than we are used to. There's not a great deal to do in town except eat fish and tacos. While we were eating fish and tacos we met an engineer who was going out to a millionaire's private island the next day to fix some plastic recycling machine so naturally Kerri chatted him up and got us a free ride in the morning. It was a really nice boat ride out through the mangroves and across the flattest Caribbean sea I have seen. The island was pretty special with miles and miles of untouched beach and crystal waters. We took a stroll and thought about how it must be nice to be rich. We saw huge iguanas and just before we left sharks were swimming off the jetty. The next day we hitched a ride back to civilization with some nice French people.
Back in town life continues. November 22th was our first American thanksgiving. Pretty much its the same as Christmas day without the presents. We ate a lot of food and sat around saying how full we were while continuously eating more and drinking wine. It's a great tradition thanks to all for inviting Brits to your celebration. Kerri also went to see the celebration of the Mexican revolution, kinder kids from all the local schools were dressed up as police men, army guys, peasants, cowboys and cheerleaders- we'll upload a few photos. We've made some good friends in town, and no weekend goes by without an invitation to sit up watching the stars with a few beers. On Friday cycling home from a friends we witnessed our first shoot out. The banditos we told you about previously apparently often scuffle with the local police. They are basically a gang full of unruly teenagers, their children and parents who have lost all power to the gang. It was pretty crazy, in broad day light police officers with riot gear were fighting off rocks being thrown and then a gun went off next to us as 3 police cars rolled in so we cycled off pretty sharpish. Its a lost cause. Poor kids growing up around those idiots.
In a week we're off to Earthlodge, Gautemala, for Christmas so that should be fun. Then in February, my parents are coming. Unfortunately our landlord has given us notice so we have to move on the 1st of Feb. We are currently looking for a place, but it's going to be tough to replace this house as we have grown to love it.
Merry Christmas to all, feliz navidad!!