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Day 1: Lamanai

Yesterday our flight landed in Belize, and ever since the arrival at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel we have all become friends and created many memories in only the beginning of our great adventure together. Last night Shawna, Ben, and Javon decided to take a little swim in the beautiful pool while Thavina and Patty dipped their feet and talked. And yes, it was raining and cold, but that made it even more exciting!

On this trip to Belize there is Professor Harris, Randy the tour guide, Patty, Lisa, Steven, Javon, Thavina, Shawna and Ben. We are driving up to New River Lagoon and riding a boat up to Lamanai then driving out to see Almun Ha. A few amazing things we did was hold a baby crocodile, feed bananas to Spider Monkeys, barter with the natives, climb steep temples in the rain, watch a Jesus Christ lizard run on water, slide down the side of a Mayan mound as a short cut and see a double rainbow.

Even though we were all exhausted from exploring the tops of many Mayan temples, the night is still young so we decided to all go swimming and eat by the poolside. After dinner Ben went and grabbed a deck of cards and him, Thavina, Patty, Javon and Shawna played a long game of Spoons, that was filled with many laughs to the point of tears and injured hands. The victor was Shawna with her quick ninja like skills, and her winning prize was to pick a victim to throw in the pool. Her choice: Ben. Now that the day is over we are all going to write in our journals and pack up our belongings for tomorrows adventures!

Quote of the Night: Inspiration – Forest Gump
“There are table spoons, soup spoons, tea spoons… that, that’s about it.” – Ben

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