What the Maya calendar really tells us about 2012

By: Kristin Hansen

Why (we) want to experience the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice at Chaa Creek

This really shouldn’t be that hard of an essay to write, considering we are anxiously counting the days until our trip in December to visit Belize including San Ignacio and Xunantunich. The Maya have fascinated me since my first encounter with the movie, Apocalypto (as true or not as it might be). Since then, my family vacationed in Tulum, Mexico and my captivation grew as we explored Chichen Itza in the Yucatan.

While my partner vacation in Belize before he met me, I am a first-time visitor. We cannot wait to ride a horse for the first time, get lost in the lush, tropical jungle trails, canoe down the Macal river, visit the butterfly farm and lounge by the pool.

As if Maya culture, history and tradition are not reason enough to inspire 300 words of prose regarding our genuine enthusiasm for Chaa Creek’s planned activities including interactive workshops, seminars, lessons on Maya farming, arts & crafts, Maya medicine and holistic healing, I’ve managed to put off writing this for the better part of three weeks because I was looking for that extra spark to inspire me.

Well, I found it….

Last week, Tuesday, October 23, out of the blue (no pun intended), my boyfriend of 2 ½ years PROPOSED!

Already eager to take in the sights of Belize and experience this once in a lifetime adventure, now, our trip to celebrate the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice has new meaning. As the Mayan calendar turns another cycle, so will our relationship.

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