The flight to Belize was only six hours - way better when compared to my last field experience which was a 36-hour flight. Once we stepped off the plane, the humidity immediately hit me. Belize is so green and extremely beautiful. The people are friendly and everyone seems to be in a good mood.
Everything was astoundingly beautiful. As an archaeologist, one of my favorite things to do is looking at a landscape and try to imagine what it would have looked like in the past. Standing at the top of these temples, where once only high members of Maya society could stand, was magical. The stones that held up these artificial mountains were beautifully and carefully carved with precision – the level of accuracy is astonishing.
As I experienced all these things, I realized how grateful I am for the ethnographic research tools taught to me by my professors at CSUSM, especially Professor Mike Wilken, because I was able to experience this event through participant observation allowing me to be both an insider and an outsider within the event. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I'm so excited to see what else is to come during my time in this beautiful country.