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So I feel like it has been over a week since I have updated my blog, I have been pretty busy recently. Currently working on three projects in school. The first of which was a stock assessment that was for resource management and I finished today woo! In marine ecology we have to identify and put together a powerpoint of marine organisms we have photographed in the water for the past week. Lastly, for environmental policy we have a total ecological valuation thingy. That involved using GPS to find the area of seagrass beds and mangroves at East Bay. We also had to use quadrats to figure out the density of the sea grass. Definitely the kind of school work I can have fun with. Aside from class, my days have been filled with bonding time with the locals and lots of sea shell finding/ snorkeling/ dock jumping with the friends. This Saturday and Monday luda, Kirby and I hit the town (with other SFS kids) and we have made some incredible memories. I love going to the bars here and getting to know the people who call South Caicos home. I have met tons of cool people and have heard lots of cool stories. I met one man who is a fisher and free dives for conch and lobster, and can dive up to 100 feet for four minutes! I have also talked to a guy who once found 5 bags of cocaine that washed up on the beach and he was able to buy his family a home (when he was just 14). I also made friends with the island “police man”. I am still unsure how legit he is…I mean he was in a police car but he also gave me his moonshine and tried to convince Luda and I to sneak out of SFS sooo it’s a little questionable…but he was awesome nonetheless. Last night was pretty hilarious, it was a guy name “Juice” birthday so he bought a bunch of us girls a lot of drinks. The bartender (Suzette) just kept on filling up our cups… which ended the night a lot more blurry than I intended. But, the night did end up fairly interesting, I talked to a guy named “crunchy” who tried to convince me to marry him, then I went to the docks with other SFS students who were hanging out, jamming on the guitar, and star gazed. The stars are unreal here and the sky is always crystal clear. I have a turks and caicos bucket list going and I got to check off two things last night. The first was to see bio luminescence (which was SO cool) and also to see a shooting star (which was also epic).

The Community

I have found that my favorite parts of the week are when I am able to volunteer and interact with the community. Twice a week we have outreach where I have taught swim lessons, done a beach clean up, and tomorrow I am going to a local school and teaching kindergarteners. I am stoked. Swim lessons have been amazing. They literally make me so happy. The kids are fucking awesome and they love me. I have really bonded with quite a few of them. Some of them come to the center after they get out of school to work on their homework with me.   They are all just so cute and happy . I have been working with Gregory almost every day this week with his school work… including a reproductive unit lol. The beach clean up was quite an experience as well. The beach was so beautiful and could have been so pristine if it wasn’t for the piles of trash everywhere. I have never seen so much garbage it made me so sad. I took pictures I will def have to post.   I am glad I can help but it made me think how little of an impact I actually make compared to the mass amount of trash piled up on the coastlines everywhere. AHH about to compete in a dominos tournament (super huge game with the locals here, they love that shit) so I have to go! BYE

Camping Mishap

Friday night was hilarious… as we attempted to go camping. This was a mandatory event that was put in place to make sure we knew how to set up a tent and prepare for a camping trip we will go on later on in the year. So all was going pretty well.. we were shuttled down to East Bay where we set up our tent (quite gracefully) and built a fire. The fire was pretty raging and hot and there was a nice breeze to deter the misquitos. We made some yummy smores and started chilling by the fire when the wind picked up. Shit hit the fan from there and the sky opened up and downpoured. The wind basically blew away our tent and we were inside avoiding the rain when the tent collapsed with us inside and I died laughing and literally couldn’t move. As soon as we got comfy in our moist sleeping bags Molly announced that we had to pack up and head back to campus. I had taken Nyquil for my cold so I passed the F out as soon as we got back.

Saturday did not start out well. I woke up feeling like absolute shit. I felt hot, dirty, sore, I had a fever, sore throat, ear infection, and cough. I really wanted to scuba though so I woke up and went out with my dive group. As soon as I started to descend I knew that it was not likely I was going to get down. I couldn’t clear my ears so to much disappointment I went back up to the boat and chilled with one of the interns. I was super upset and just sad that I was missing out on a dive. When the group surfaced they were so excited they had swam under a coral arch and even saw a turtle. I was heart broken (as I fucking love turtles) but as soon as I looked out into the ocean a turtle surfaced and swam to the boat. I swear turtles are my spirit animal and it was trying to cheer me up, which did bring some light to my day. I got back to campus and was still in a little bit of a funk, me and Luda basked in our self pity together. But no worried cause Saturday night we went crazy and had tons of fun. Even Sunday was unreal with a yummy breakfast than a walk to East Bay where we did some snorkeling, skinny dipping, and shell collecting. It was an amazing day ending with some one dollar ice cream. I felt much better after this rest.

So I feel like it has been over a week since I have updated my blog, I have been pretty busy recently. Currently working on three projects in school. The first of which was a stock assessment that was for resource management and I finished today woo! In marine ecology we have to identify and put together a powerpoint of marine organisms we have photographed in the water for the past week. Lastly, for environmental policy we have a total ecological valuation thingy. That involved using GPS to find the area of seagrass beds and mangroves at East Bay. We also had to use quadrats to figure out the density of the sea grass. Definitely the kind of school work I can have fun with. Aside from class, my days have been filled with bonding time with the locals and lots of sea shell finding/ snorkeling/ dock jumping with the friends. This Saturday and Monday luda, Kirby and I hit the town (with other SFS kids) and we have made some incredible memories. I love going to the bars here and getting to know the people who call South Caicos home. I have met tons of cool people and have heard lots of cool stories. I met one man who is a fisher and free dives for conch and lobster, and can dive up to 100 feet for four minutes! I have also talked to a guy who once found 5 bags of cocaine that washed up on the beach and he was able to buy his family a home (when he was just 14). I also made friends with the island “police man”. I am still unsure how legit he is…I mean he was in a police car but he also gave me his moonshine and tried to convince Luda and I to sneak out of SFS sooo it’s a little questionable…but he was awesome nonetheless. Last night was pretty hilarious, it was a guy name “Juice” birthday so he bought a bunch of us girls a lot of drinks. The bartender (Suzette) just kept on filling up our cups… which ended the night a lot more blurry than I intended. But, the night did end up fairly interesting, I talked to a guy named “crunchy” who tried to convince me to marry him, then I went to the docks with other SFS students who were hanging out, jamming on the guitar, and star gazed. The stars are unreal here and the sky is always crystal clear. I have a turks and caicos bucket list going and I got to check off two things last night. The first was to see bio luminescence (which was SO cool) and also to see a shooting star (which was also epic).

The Community

I have found that my favorite parts of the week are when I am able to volunteer and interact with the community. Twice a week we have outreach where I have taught swim lessons, done a beach clean up, and tomorrow I am going to a local school and teaching kindergarteners. I am stoked. Swim lessons have been amazing. They literally make me so happy. The kids are fucking awesome and they love me. I have really bonded with quite a few of them. Some of them come to the center after they get out of school to work on their homework with me.   They are all just so cute and happy . I have been working with Gregory almost every day this week with his school work… including a reproductive unit lol. The beach clean up was quite an experience as well. The beach was so beautiful and could have been so pristine if it wasn’t for the piles of trash everywhere. I have never seen so much garbage it made me so sad. I took pictures I will def have to post.   I am glad I can help but it made me think how little of an impact I actually make compared to the mass amount of trash piled up on the coastlines everywhere. AHH about to compete in a dominos tournament (super huge game with the locals here, they love that shit) so I have to go! BYE

Camping Mishap

Friday night was hilarious… as we attempted to go camping. This was a mandatory event that was put in place to make sure we knew how to set up a tent and prepare for a camping trip we will go on later on in the year. So all was going pretty well.. we were shuttled down to East Bay where we set up our tent (quite gracefully) and built a fire. The fire was pretty raging and hot and there was a nice breeze to deter the misquitos. We made some yummy smores and started chilling by the fire when the wind picked up. Shit hit the fan from there and the sky opened up and downpoured. The wind basically blew away our tent and we were inside avoiding the rain when the tent collapsed with us inside and I died laughing and literally couldn’t move. As soon as we got comfy in our moist sleeping bags Molly announced that we had to pack up and head back to campus. I had taken Nyquil for my cold so I passed the F out as soon as we got back.

Saturday did not start out well. I woke up feeling like absolute shit. I felt hot, dirty, sore, I had a fever, sore throat, ear infection, and cough. I really wanted to scuba though so I woke up and went out with my dive group. As soon as I started to descend I knew that it was not likely I was going to get down. I couldn’t clear my ears so to much disappointment I went back up to the boat and chilled with one of the interns. I was super upset and just sad that I was missing out on a dive. When the group surfaced they were so excited they had swam under a coral arch and even saw a turtle. I was heart broken (as I fucking love turtles) but as soon as I looked out into the ocean a turtle surfaced and swam to the boat. I swear turtles are my spirit animal and it was trying to cheer me up, which did bring some light to my day. I got back to campus and was still in a little bit of a funk, me and Luda basked in our self pity together. But no worried cause Saturday night we went crazy and had tons of fun. Even Sunday was unreal with a yummy breakfast than a walk to East Bay where we did some snorkeling, skinny dipping, and shell collecting. It was an amazing day ending with some one dollar ice cream. I felt much better after this rest.

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