Belize: Day 8


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On Friday, I took my own little adventure to the bakery.  No, I did not choose to ride my bike because I was uncertain about the level of traffic that would await me.  After walking the long distance, I realized that I could have actually ridden the bike.  Oh well.

Yeager, taking a rest break
There's something quite peaceful about walking alone.  You get to take in the scenery a bit differently than when you are accompanied by others.  Walking alone also allows your mind to focus on your own thoughts - processing what you see and hear along the way.  At the beginning of my journey I was greeted by two young children sitting in a tree.  As I continued to walk, I was able to pay close attention to the different shops, taco stands, the people and their activities.  I wasn't concerned about dogs, which in the states is a big concern for me because I have been terrified of dogs for a long while.  In fact, this year, my cousin's dog jumped in my lap and rested there for quite some time.  That was my first experience with a pet of any kind that close to me.  In San Pedro, the dogs (for the most part) have been very calm.  I was told it was because their mood matches the mood of the island.  The dogs do not have a reason to fear or attack because no one bothers them.  The water has such a calming effect on everyone.  It must be true.

After eating the most delicious ham and cream cheese croissant and drinking yet another fresh fruit
smoothie, I was able to engage in conversation with the bakery owner, originally from the UK.  The bakery owner had previously owned his own bakery in the UK, but had decided to relocate to Belize in the past year or so and start a new business.  We discussed differences concerning traveling in the U.S. as opposed to the U.K. and how the U.K. has worked towards unifying the European nations through the implementation of the euro for their currency and healthcare.  What fascinated me about the health care was that if a resident of a E.U. country has medical care in another E.U. country, their home country will pay the bill.

When discussing health care with a 19-year old Belizian student, he told me that although their country does not have public health insurance, there are free clinics available to all citizens who cannot afford to pay private doctors.  I know that there are pros and cons to different types of health care systems, but I think it shows that our nation has a ways to go in creating a system that truly benefits all people.  As a developed country, we still have too many people who cannot afford health care and prescription medications.  For me, this solidifies that fact that all nations have something worth sharing and worth learning from each other.

The same is true in education.  Veteran teachers should take note of what beginning teachers are adding to the profession and vice versa.  I think we need to remain focused on our end goals and realize that we as educators are in this business together.  Remember, there is an African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."



Loving the conversations,

1 comment:

  1. I'm so envious of certain European aspects like their healthcare system and vacation time. I wish our system wasn't controlled by for profit insurers. Even with the Affordable Health Care Act I purchase one of the cheapest plans available but it is still extremely expensive in my eyes.

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