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Parasailing in Grand Cayman


Nearing the end of our term here in the Cayman Islands, the entire family created a bucket list, one of those items just happened to be being connecting ourselves to a boat by while dangling by a single rope several hundred feet in the air and sitting on a lone strap, all for pure amusement. This is also better known as parasailing.

Sophie was cool as a cucumber until we boarded the boat, then she politely allowed the other couple to go ahead of us. Such a courteous girl. Once she saw the first couple safely take off and land, she felt comfortable going next.

Attached to that 400 foot rope, we gently left the deck of the boat and began floating gently above the Caribbean Sea. It felt like hovering over an immense crystal blue fishbowl with slices of coral reef descending towards the depths of the sea floor. Fortunately, a single strap hugging our butts separated us between 15 minutes of great views and the largest tandem cannonball of monumental proportions.

Parasailing in Grand Cayman

Shouldn’t I Have Been Clipped In?

Parasailing in Grand Cayman

Just Hangin’

Parasailing in Grand Cayman

Such a Courteous Girl

Parasailing in Grand Cayman

I See Some Reef



A Cayman Bucket List

There are a two instances while traveling or living abroad that really light a fire under your ass to get moving.

That first moment that really gets you rolling is when you first arrive to that new location. You must experience everything unknown and you relish life in an acute way. It’s that National Geographic phase of travel. “Geez, those pink flowers sure are beautiful!” “What do you know, there are rare iguanas just soaking up sun in the middle of the road. How quaint!” “That is amazing, look at all these free range chickens hanging out next to the trash cans without a care in the world.”

Eventually, that National Geographic stage just wears you out like a New Mexican police report. You start taking naps, lounging around the hotel room, maybe stare at the chlorinated water splashing around the pool instead of making the epic 50 foot walk over to that big, beautiful, sandy beach. This stage eventually passes too . . . shortly before you leave.

You hit the third stage. You realize you have a limited amount of time before you return. You make immediate plans for the following morning to beat the crowds to the Queen Elizabeth Botanical Gardens that are teeming with blue iguanas (truly rare).

Cayman Bucket List Cayman Dock

Cayman Dock

That leads us to our current story. We moved to Grand Cayman three years ago, but we now stand just 46 short days until we depart for good. So we sat down to dinner one night and I asked each family member what they wanted to do before we left the island. The answers below reveal a bit of each person.

Annie B

* Go to the Big Park (We really don’t think she truly understood the question and we really didn’t understand her response (“Dah dah dah park.”) The Big Park isn’t really big, just a little worn down playground)

Domino

* Eat dinner at Margaritaville (They have a pool and a slide)

* Eat dinner at Casanova (He won a gift certificate there. He feels obligated to go there since us adults really want to go there.)

Sophie

* Eat dinner at Margaritaville (Duh, they have a pool and slide)

* Go shopping at the Book Nook or Books and Books (This has been her go to place for birthday presents)

* Have a playdate

Deeners

* One last dinner cruise over to Rum Point with Red Sail Sports (It’s peaceful and cruise over the water)

* Visit that one new tourist spot, Crystal Caves (Maybe if it is not too expensive)

Me

* Helicopter Ride around the island (This is the one thing that I vowed to do when I arrived to the island three years ago)

* Parasailing along Seven Mile Beach (Nothing wrong with another aerial view of the island and Seven Mile Beach)

* Just one more quick visit to Cuba before the real changes occur this next year (Quickly vetoed by a very pregnant wife for some reason)

* Just one more quick visit with the family to Little Cayman

* Participate in a Cayman tradition, Sunday brunch (Mimosas with brunch are strongly encouraged as you get the best of both worlds, a little juice and a little bubbly)

* Kayak one of my favorite spots on island, South Sound

That leaves us 46 days to get accomplishing. Oh by the way, I forgot to add that we also need to have our fourth child and pack up to move from the country. No worries, just put those on the bucket list!

Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Inca Trail

Some places leave a mark on your soul, Perú and Machu Picchu are two such places.

Fourteen years ago I served as a volunteer in Perú and it had been 11 long years since my last visit. This last week, I was fortunate enough to return to the country that left a lasting impression and benefited me and my family ever since.

Setting foot back in the land of the Incas was a professional trip in nature, presenting and attending the 2016 AASSA Educators’ Conference in Lima at Colegio Roosevelt.

That doesn’t mean it was all business, there was some pretty amazing amusement to be had as well. A few days prior to the start of our AASSA conference, our Cayman International School staff made a little ol’ side trip over the Andes to the cradle of the Inca civilization, Cusco and Machu Picchu. We had just enough time to complete a two-day hike on the Inca Trail (it really was just a one-day hike with a second day to run around Machu Picchu) with our great guide Casiano from Llama Path.

Below you will find some of my favorite photos (a location a bit more desirable to visit than New Mexico).

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru - Mystical

Machu Picchu, Peru – Mystical

Foggy Machu Picchu, Peru

Foggy Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu - Looks like the states of Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas

Machu Picchu – Looks like the states of Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas

Machu Picchu, Perú

Machu Picchu, Perú

View from Wiñaywayna

View from Wiñaywayna

The Inca Trail from Kilometer 104

The Inca Trail from Kilometer 104

Cusco Cobblestone Roads

Cusco Cobblestone Roads

View down the steep mountain, Machu Picchu, Perú

View down the steep mountain, Machu Picchu, Perú

Foggy Morning, Machu Picchu, Perú

Foggy Morning, Machu Picchu, Perú

My traditional view of Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu, Perú

My traditional view of Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu, Perú

CIS at the Sun Gate with a Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu backdrop, Perú

CIS at the Sun Gate with a Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu backdrop, Perú

Strolling to Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu, Perú

Strolling to Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu, Perú

Doorway in Wiñaywayna, Perú

Doorway in Wiñaywayna, Perú

Great view from Wiñaywayna, Perú

Great view from Wiñaywayna, Perú

Wiñaywanya Retaining Walls, Inca Sites, Peru

Wiñaywanya Retaining Walls, Inca Sites, Peru

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Perú

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Perú

Inca Trail to Wiñaywayna, Perú with another site in the horizon

Inca Trail to Wiñaywayna, Perú with another site in the horizon

The CIS Inca Trail Crew

The CIS Inca Trail Crew

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Perú

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Perú

My traditional view of Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu, Perú

My traditional view of Machu Picchu and Huanya Picchu, Perú

And let’s finish off this entry with some wise lessons from the Incas presented by Casiano.

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Using Online Resources to Engage Students in the Learning Process - AASSA Educators' Conference

Using Online Resources to Engage Students in the Learning Process
AASSA Educators’ Conference
Lima, Perú
Thursday, April 14th, 2016

I will present “Using Online Resources to Engage Students in the Learning Process” in room HS 101 at 11:00.

The presentation introduces educators to online resources that engage students in the learning process. You will learn about six resources (four for all curricula and two specific for world languages) and how to incorporate these resources into your curriculum and captivate your student’s attention.

In addition, two lucky attendees will win Tortuga Rum Cakes straight from the Cayman Islands!

Look forward to learning from everyone at the conference. You can also find the more materials here at www.tulsatrot.com.

John White
IB Spanish Instructor
Cayman International School
jwhit003@gmail.com
www.tulsatrot.com
Twitter: Tulsatrot

AASSA 2016 Educators’ Conference – Lima, Perú

John White – AASSA Educators’ Conference – Lima, Peru – April 14

If you would to talk, don’t hesitate to contact me at jwhit003@gmail.com or via twitter at Tulsatrot.

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