Various Things I Learned This Week Living in Utila

1. Evidently in Honduras the Government can just decide to stop paying the electric bill leaving schools stranded…

2. Tang is juice according to my students…

3. Never ask a 27 year old Honduran man to get you chocolate chips when he is visiting a bigger island. I got pictures like this on my phone asking what I wanted..

chipsahoyIMG_3628 4. After a tropical storm it becomes island residents job to pick up the worlds plastic trash that washes ashore on their beaches…

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5.The five limes in my fridge are actually oranges….

6.Utila is the perfect place to binge watch “Lost” if you never watched it…

7.Seeing a hammerhead shark underwater for the first time is pretty amazing!…

8.There are small moments that are huge to me that make my life so beautiful, like holding baby turtles with my students…

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9. Even if you are living next door, teaching students at their request and talking to them everyday, some people over 50 are still able to forget your name…

10. My music from home sounds much better blasted in my home over the ocean than it did in my house in the States, of course my voice sounds much better too…

11. Ants eat lizard poop (long story but it is true)…

12. Tropical storms equal snow days in the States but are so much better because you can watch theĀ  ocean all day…

13. Many of the small things that come easily to us in the States are big things here, like groceries, electricity, running water, BUT, they are also soooo much sweeter…

14. Absolutely nothing beats a Sunday morning spent on a dive boat with people you now are lucky enough to call friends…

15. Everyday my students come to my class and work hard, learn, smile, laugh and try no matter the circumstances…

16. Listening to the sound of 25 students laugh at an English movie they probably can’t understand while they eat popcorn and drink “juice”, enjoying their reward for perfect attendance, is one of the most wonderful sounds you will ever hear…

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  1. I’ve been enjoying your blog. I stumbled upon it while researching Utopia Village. In addition to vicariously enjoying your adventures I noticed that you are from Richmond. I live in Short Pump and was lucky enough to visit Utila in May of this year. How fortunate you are to live there!

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    1. Thank you! Are you thinking of coming to Utopia Village? I am incredibly fortunate to live here and volunteer in the little school on Pigeon Cay. How did you like Utila when you visited?

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