At 6 am on Saturday, Miss Cheryl met me and Mrs. G at our hotel, and we walked what must have been at least a mile to a new area called Embarcado. It is a walkway right on the ocean, with a beautiful view of the Mayon Volcano. We joined a public Zumba class with over one hundred people. With roosters crowing in the background, we Zumba-Ed for about 45 minutes and then went to a local shop to enjoy a fresh coconut. We met two of Miss Cheryl's students - Andrei Ashley and Ralph - who are both going to be some of the first students in the country to enter the 11th grade. The Philippines had been one of only three countries in the world in which their public education stopped before 12th grade, and this year is the first year of the change to K-12 education.
Legazpi City is famous for the Mayon Volcano, which is nearby. It is supposed to be the world's most perfectly formed volcano, and it is still active. You can see smoke coming out of the top on a clear day. It's been over one hundred years since its last big eruption, and people aren't allowed to get too close to the top because of the smoke and ash that come out. However, you can get close to the base by riding four wheelers up to the spot where the lava flow from the last eruption ended, and then climbing the rocks to a higher spot. It was my first time riding a four wheeler and it was fun! Here is a video clip from my ride: ensemble.cayboces.org/watch/atv
Riding the zip line was a productive struggle for me because I am afraid of heights, but I did it! If ten people comment with their productive struggles, I will post the video of my zip line experience!
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I am a school librarian at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, NY where I try to inspire students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers and adventurers! In June, I am traveling to the Philippines with a group of amazing teachers from around the country as part of a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship. I hope you'll join me on my journey!