Usually when you hear about a list of 6 different places you’re going to in one day accompanied by a 2.5 hour drive to get there, it can feel a little overwhelming. Not for the Project World School teens! Yesterday they braved a 6am wake up call in order to have a day full of crazy adventure and fun.
After going back in time an hour by entering into the Yucatan state, we started the day with a tour of the Ek Balam ruins. Our awesome guide Nelson took us through the history and archaeology of these ancient Mayan ruins and helped us start the day off on the right foot. Next up was Casa de los Venados, the largest privately owned Mexican folk art collection in Northern Mexico. The couple that owns the collection have donated over $10,000 to charities in the past 4 years they’ve been open, and were very informative on all things in the area.
The rest of the day held a swim in the local cenote, a chocolate making class, and a light show in the park. I know I can speak for all of the people here on the retreat when I say this: cenotes are magical. We all dived in expecting it to be a polar bear plunge andended up staying for over an hour cliff diving, goofing off, and feeling rejuvenated by the fresh water. Our chocolate class was fantastic, it was full of laughter and knowledge about the wonderful cacao bean. The day finished off strong with a projected light show upon the walls of the convent in Vallodalid, and we all piled in the van for the journey home around 9pm.
The day was full of magical moments for each teen, and everyone is excited for what the rest of the retreat will hold!
And of course, a major huge thank you to all of the people that helped us make yesterday happen.