This Past summer (2009) I was blessed with the Chance to Go to my parent’s homeland of Merida, Yucatan. Also known as the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Chichenitza.
It was my first time going to Mexico which made it all the more wonderful and exciting for me. I was able to explore and learn (about) the Interesting Mayan culture.
I personally think it was the most interesting topic to gain knowledge about considering all the questions about what is expected to be the end of the world (2012). Being able to see first hand the Ruins of a Mayan civilization, well it was such an extravagant way to spend a 104’ degree day.
Another very interesting thing about my trip was actually getting to know my family that I had never met in my twelve years on this earth. Of course I was able to communicate over the phone but due to the fact that I grew up learning to understand, not speak Spanish made it pretty difficult, and the feeling that I was talking to complete strangers did not make it any easier.
But now a-days when I talk to my aunts, uncles, and cousins I feel like I can easily carry on a conversation with simply asking what they have been up to. But what made it such a memorable and Life changing trip was just learning how a typical day was for a human being in Mexico.
It is a sad thing to see how much of the population lives under the poverty line. Just learning how difficult it is for a parent to work just to be able to keep food on the table and also keep a child in school. It is a heartbreaking situation considering how many kids drop out of school in the U.S, if only they knew how many Hispanic children are FORCED to leave their chance at an education to work to help support their families.
I truly cherish the chance I get to have an education and I learned never to take it for granted. And now as I look back at my trip to Merida, I easily remember the memories that were made during those two months of being out of the U.S and I am oh so very thankful I was given the chance to go.
It’s something I will always look back at and smile about (:
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