March 19, 2015: More student reflections on Capstone

Evan: This Capstone trip has been a great experience, staying with host families, having the new knowledge of how Mexicans live their daily life. In our second week we have traveled to a variety of different unique places such as Dzibichaltun and Uxmal. But, the one that stood out the most for me was Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is a enourmous mayan town that once had 50,000 inhabitints. This city stood out to me firstly becuase if you wanted to see everything that was uncovered you woul have to go there for two weeks. Also, only 12% of all the buildings and structers are uncovered, so Chichen Itza is huge. Secondly, the architectural is amazing becuase the mayans were great astronumers and they aligned their buildings to have the sun shine through the piramids. This particular structer in Chichen Itza is one of the ancient seven wonders of the world, so it was quite amazing to see. Chichen Itza is big, but it is not the tallest of the piramids the mayans made. Chichen Itza was known becuase of the knowledge the mayans use to make their calender. It was a amzing trip, one that will never be forgotten.  

Charlotte: Celestún is famous for  it’s big, fat PINK flamencos. They were cool. Some of them were gray, others were whitish, some were a light salmon color, some were a vivid bright pink. I’ll admit to you, I thought they quacked like ducks, until . . . I saw that there were ducks swimming around. I actually don’t know what sound they make. Maybe a bark, a quack, a whine, a song . . .?

The water was this kind of puke  brown. It was yellow, mixed with green and brown. That was because of the sulfur. The sulfur STANK, with a capital S!!!

Along the sides of the water, there were mangroves. Aren’t those the trees that produce mangos? Anywho, they provided shelter and shade for crabs, fish, turtles, and other water life. It was shelter because the crocodiles couldn’t get through the roots of the trees, half in the water, half out.

Speaking of the fauna of Celestún, there were a bunch of animals, although we only saw a few. There are blue crabs (which I heard were actually blue and RED!!!) fish, (delcious fish, DELICIOUS FISH. Oh, great! Now I sound like a gator or shark or something), stuff like that. Celestún is also a fabulous place for bird watchers.

Honestly, I can’t name all the birds that we saw, but, sadly, we only saw a select few. Herons, blue and white, kingfishers, colorful, brown pelicans, as opposed to those in the U.S.A., and hawks, atleast I think that they were hawks, circling above overhead.

There were also animals like tapirs, ocelots and jaguars, but we didn’t see them.

The crocodiles  were capital A AWESOME!!! We saw two babies, that looked like swimming twigs, a toddler, that looked to be about half a meter, and a big mama that was like three meters.

The water  in which we swam was clear, horrible tasting, and crocodile free. It was a lot of fun to jump into.