Were we Really Just in CT Yesterday?

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Were we Really Just in CT Yesterday?
Puerto Rico Day 2

Waking up to the fresh sea air was incredible.  After the great gift of sleep, we appreciated more amazing food. 

After breakfast, Lorenzo led the way with our first docent project. He researched and presented  the history of Roosevelt Roads Naval Station (nicknamed Rosy Roads) now known as APRODEC. Manuel Martínez, who is leading the way in returning the area to the people of Ceiba, continued to teach us about the mission of APRODEC and the many hurdles they have overcome, and the many they still face. Hearing the local perspective was truly eye-opening. 

Then Manuel led us around the facility. He took us up on the roof and showed how they got off the grid by installing solar panels and a water supply. After the tour of the roof, we went from the bright sun to the very dark subterranean bunkers and rooms used by the navy base for administration, mechanical, intelligence, computer server rooms, the brig, and even yet to be discovered secret passageways. Manuel even told us that President Bush was here for safety reasons following the Sept. 11 attack. 

Puerto Rico Day 2

And all this was before lunch! After yet another wonderful meal, we changed into swim gear for a water hike. We waded through sea grass (mostly waist deep) to reach Wuanikí Bawa to see the petroglyphs created by the Taíno people. We then climbed farther up the rocks to a ceremonial circle to participate in and learn about a Taíno gratitude ceremony. This involved connecting to the environment and listening deeply.

Upon our return to APRODEC, we engaged in an active listening lesson. Students were truly comfortable and open with each other no matter who they were paired with. After dinner we heard from Barrett, our second docent project. He filled us in on a detailed history of the Taíno people and the petroglyphs which enhanced the whole experience of our sea hike and visit to them. We ended the evening with some incredible stargazing.

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