I consider myself so lucky to be amongst a group of people that have an unquenchable thirst and desire to learn. Fall break was no exception in that we pushed our bodies to hold off on the relaxing every now and then, instead, be active— to adventure to yet another beautiful treasure of Mexico, where we could continue to experience as much as possible, hoping to get our hands on whatever adventures we saw within our grasp; we set off for Zihuatanejo.
After an early start and long, bumpy bus ride, we finally reached our destination, a paradise bountiful of Vitamin D, green lush forests, and promises of memories to be made and knowledge to gain. After unloading, a few of the students and myself accompanied our CGE driver, amigo, Ismeal to Ixtapa, a nearby town. It was here that one of our students, Lorreal, not only saw, but experienced her first step into the beautiful ocean. It was quite an intimidatingly strong current, but by the end of it she was allowing herself to be tossed in tides like a pro.
The days to follow proved to be just as adventurous for us all. We visited an island of the coast of Ixtapa where we talked with locals, swam with fish in coral right along the beach’s shore, enjoyed fresh caught fish, pet a random deer, and collected shells. It was such a different experience than any beach in the States. Besides the different language of the people, there was a different language within nature there. It was not over populated with people, but instead with multiple kinds of fish and plants. In front of us we saw lush mountains, to our left the lingering moon and cactuses, up and to our right, the sun. It was like our own private place to enjoy conversation with people who had lived there their entire life, while taking in the untouched beauty of Mother Nature.
Another day, we kayaked around the bay closest to our condo at Playa La Ropa, coming upon coral, local fisherman boats, and a sea turtle! The following day we got to jump in the water and take a turn at looking at it all from underwater, up close and personal when we went snorkeling. Our guides took us to an island that only locals know about for our trip. You could tell this island was untouched by humans in the way that the fish were not timid to swim along-side of you, coming to take a gander at you, just as you were doing at them. It was an underwater rainbow scheme of colors with a vast amount of sizes and shapes. We also saw an eel and a few Pufferfish! We fished off that day and with the help of our guides’ muscles, the fish we had caught earlier that morning, were brought back to shore and cooked for dinner. Que rico!
It was truly an extraordinary experience, one not easily forgotten and spent with a group of people as equally unforgettable. I look forward to more adventures with the students and lovely people here in Mexico.
Rachel with the catch of the day
Not only did she just set foot in an ocean for the first time during this trip, but she went out and snorkeled amongst the beautiful sea life!
La Vista from our living room of Playa La Ropa
The group on the island off the coast of Playa Linda of Ixtapa, Mex.