Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sea Turtles and More in Monterrico

By Ronnie Lovler
I said I would tell you about seeing the sea turtles on the beach of Monterrico in my last post, and now I will. It happened at night, of course, which is when the sea turtles lay their eggs.  I was opting out of the trek along the beach because I was a bit worn out from the day.  My son, who is many, many years younger than me, (duh, of course, or he wouldn’t be my son!)  was up for adventure, so he went out to walk along the beach.  Sure enough, he found what he was looking for – sea turtles.  Then he came racing back to get me.  So I just had to go.  And lucky for me, there was one sea turtle had not yet made its way back into the water. It was amazing. Words fail me. That was my first sea turtle and this may sound like an exaggeration, but if I had gotten nothing else out of this trip, seeing that sea turtle might also have been enough.
One of the things I did that week in Monterrico was teach English classes to many of the kids from town. My host always organizes these types of givebacks. So in the morning, I was sitting down with the older kids (aged 12 – 15); and in the afternoon, when they got out of school, dozens of the younger kids would race over for their introduction to English. It is rewarding, but for this old gal, also exhausting.