Saying goodbye to Ambergris Caye and the Marine Tropical Ecology and Conservation is not going to be an easy one, especially to all the people. It’s especially hard to be leaving just as I was getting settling and growing into a routine.
This place has been one hell of a dream. Ambergris Caye, for a little Belize geography for you, is located off the coast of Belize. The MTREC is on Ambergris Caye, just a 5 minute walk to the shore. I’ll upload a video of the center when I’m not pressed for time and internet.
The center is run my Dr. Ken and Maureen, and I cannot even begin to describe how much they know about the area and how full of knowledge they are. They have been running this station for many years and host multiple schools even within a week. You can ask them about any fish or coral, and they will know the answer as well as be able to tell you their behavior, history and so much more. I wish I could write down and just absorb every single bit of information they say.
I’ll also definitely miss Maggie and Minerva, our chefs. Maggie’s breakfasts are seriously the best thing you will ever have. I’ve been living off of fried chicken, huevos rancheros, spaghetti, coconut french toast, curry chicken, fresh watermelon, papaya and pineapple, fried jacks, beans, banana pancakes, and I have no complaints to the least. If you want any of Maggie’s recipes, ask David, he’s been helping Maggie every morning with breakfast and Minerva every night with dinner.
Siete, our dive guide will also be missed. Siete has a new story every week for what he’s going to be doing next. Owning a boat and his own dive tour group, joining the coast guard, becoming a professional soccer player, he wants to and has tried it all. Siete loves diving with bull sharks but is surprisingly afraid of kittens.
Speaking of kittens, I’ll miss the pets around too. There’s Bobby the cat, Choc and Buluc the larger dogs, and Delilah the yorkie.
As much as I’ll miss hanging out in the hammocks, the internet will definitely be missed the most I have a feeling. The next two weeks is even more up in the air as far as electricity and internet. Right now I am getting ready to leaving with four other students and Dr. G to go back to the mainland where we will be going to the Belize Zoo. We’ll be staying at the Belize Zoo for a little while and eventually working our way into the jungle to Dr. G’s field research station.
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