When I first found out I was going on a cruise over spring break my first thought was total relaxation and fun times galore. This thought consumed my mind up until we reached the inside of this island of the coast of Honduras I had never even heard of; Isla Roatan.
On March 27th my family set out on the Carnival Legend from Tampa, Florida. There was 12 family members total traveling including me. Isla Roatan was our first stop. The only thing I expected to learn was how to zip line because we were doing the Victor Bowen tour which included zip lining and a monkey farm. I thought we were going to be going straight to the spot we were zip lining that was, until our bus driver announced that we were going to be taking the “scenic” route.
At first, I thought the island was just another pretty island and that the entire island would be that way. The area around the cruise port was covered in lush greenery and flowers of every color. However as we got deeper into the island I realized that that wasn’t the case. We passed a mall that was completely desolate which is something I am not used to living in Orlando. As we continued driving we passed multiple shacks on the side of the road. When I asked our tour guide what they were she replied that the houses made up one of the biggest villages on the island which contained about 600 people. Each of the shacks was about as big as my bedroom. As we were driving through the village, a little boy came up to the side of our van. He was dressed in a white shirt with holes covering it. He was holding a small mouse and was asking for people to give him money.
After seeing all of the poverty the people had to live in, I instantly became aware of how much I really do have. Before I went to the island, I took everything for granted. From the house I live in to the food that I eat every night, I took it all for granted. Now that I compare what I saw on the Island to what I have in the states, I feel bad for ever never appreciating anything I had. This trip changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. I am now more grateful for everything I have. This spring break wasn’t just the fun, relaxing, and care free trip, it was so much more.
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