One of my biggest papers I had to write in the year was one about Latin America. There were seven options of where to do it you could have a cruise on the coast, a cruise through the Amazon rainforest, a trek through the Andes, etc. I choose a cruise on the coast and learned i had to have 6 stops. 2 in South America, 2 in Central America, and 2 in Mexico. This is the Paper I wrote.
I am going on a cruise in Latin America. My destinations will be Havana, Cuba, Kingston, Jamaica, Panama City, Panama, San Jose, Costa Rica, Cancun, Mexico, and last but not least, Chichen Itza, Mexico. I have just arrived at my first stop in Havana, Cuba. I had to convert some of my money into Cuban Pesos. That is the currency they use here. My guide speaks both Spanish and English in case we needed to talk to the local people. My guide explained to me that long ago the Spanish came and colonized Cuba. He also told me that a major export of Cuba is sugar and a major import is petroleum. He recommended we go to the Zoologico Nacional (National Zoo) in Havana. I saw a variety of extraordinary animals from flamingos to rhinos. We got to ride a train around the zoo and get a close up view of all the dangerous animals. I also collected sand from the Havana beaches for a souvenir. I’m back on the boat and my next destination is Kingston, Jamaica.
I have just arrived at my second stop — Kingston, Jamaica. Again I had to convert my money into Jamaican dollars. Lucky for me they speak English here, so my guide doesn’t need to translate. My guide told me that Spain had colonized Jamaica at first, but then the British came and conquered them. On my guide’s tour he explained that a major import of the country was machinery, but the major export was alumina. He brought us to the Bob Marley museum, which was the musician’s house before he passed away. It displayed all of his personal treasures. I even got to see the wall with a bullet hole in it from the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. At the souvenir shop I got a “Bob”-ble head Marley. If I ever visit Jamaica again I will definitely come back to the museum, but now it’s off to Panama City, Panama!
Hooray! I have just docked at Panama City, Panama and I can’t wait to see the Panama Canal. My guide lent me some Panamanian Balboa, so I could buy some food. While we were eating at a restaurant my guide explained to me that like the others this country was also colonized by Spain and they brought along their language (Spanish) and religion. He also said that the major import of this country was machinery and a major export was bananas. After we ate he brought me to the Panama Canal. It was an awe inspiring sight with the two oceans coming so close together. As weird as it may seem it was kind of fun watching the cargo ships raising and lowering in different sections of the canal. I bought a small model of the Panama Canal with a cruise ship in it at the souvenir shop. Panama City was a lot of fun, but I can’t wait to see San Jose, Costa Rica!
After a long night on the cruise ship I woke up to the sight of the beautiful beaches in San Jose. I was informed that I needed to use Costa Rican colones as currency. My guide/translator went through his usual routine of telling me that this country was also colonized by the Spanish, and therefore this country also spoke Spanish. He also said that its major export was coffee and its major import is raw materials. My guide said that we should go to the Manuel Antonio Beach. According to him it is the most popular beach in San Jose. When I got there I saw the most angelic beach with white sand and gentle waves just perfect for swimming. After hours of having a great time at the beach I got sunburned like a piece of burnt toast. I went and got a postcard from the beach souvenir shop. But after that I couldn’t wait to get back to my room and lay down.
My burn is finally healed and I am ready for my next adventure in Cancun, Mexico. I got up early so I could eat breakfast and get outside earlier. I met my guide at breakfast and he caught me up with all the latest information. We were in Mexico and I already knew that they spoke Spanish here and it was colonized by Spain. But I didn’t know that they used a Mexican Peso or that a major import was machinery and one major export was crude oil. I asked him if he knew any exciting places to go and he recommended we go to the Interactive Aquarium in Cancun. When we got there we paid the entrance fees and bought a Shark Tank ticket. They put us in a cage and lowered us into the tank with all the sharks in it. I came up nose to nose with one of the sharks and almost fainted. I bought a model shark to remind me of when I went to the interactive aquarium. After all that I got tired and went back to my room on the cruise ship.
This was the last day of the cruise, so when I got up and went to the breakfast I wanted to eat real fast, so I could spend as much time off the boat during the day. My guide started to tell me about imports and exports, but I reminded him that we were still in Mexico and he told me yesterday. He told me we were in Chichen Itza now and we should visit the famous Temple of Kukulkan. When we got to the temple I admired the pyramid while my guide explained to me that it was built by the Mayan civilization some time between the 9th and 12th centuries. He also said that during the Spring and Autumn equinoxes the temple casts a shadow of a feathered serpent on the side of the pyramid. I got a little model of the temple at the souvenir shop. That was my last day of the cruise and I thought back of the places I went to in Havana, Cuba, Kingston, Jamaica, Panama City, Panama, San Jose, Costa Rica, Cancun, Mexico, and Chichen Itza, Mexico. I not only had an extraordinary time on this cruise, but I also learned a lot about the countries I visited.
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