Here, Carly gives a brief recount of what it was like to be in the jungle, handling ancient ruins and finding familiar refreshment in an unfamiliar place.
I was with my sister and two friends who are professional archeologists as we headed towards a clearing that centuries before had been an ancient Maya plaza. Despite the lush jungle covering it, you could easily picture yourself in that amid the bustle of another time.
After an afternoon of exploring nearby dig sites, we began the bumpy journey back through the sweltering, oppressive heat to the main camp. It included a little gathering of tents, and a few small structures with metal roofs, such as the dormitory, lab and dining hall. But there was no air conditioning or even fans. The only refreshment to be had? Ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola.
I’d been invited there by my friend Fred Valdez, who directs the project and is a professor of archeology at the University of Texas at Austin, and his wife, Palma Valdez, who is an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon University. I’ve always been an archaeology fanatic, so this was a dream come true. Every year about 80 students, archaeologists and volunteers call the camp home.
My week in Belize was an amazing experience and I already have my sights set on several other digs. And odds are that after a long, hot day, a refreshing Coke will be waiting for me.
More on Journey
- Out of Office: Two Years and Counting Restoring a Boat
- Out of Office: Coke Employee Is Fire-breather By Night
- Out of Office: Why This Coke Employee Dresses Up For Carnival Floats
- Out of Office: Imagine Serving 7,000 Lamb Sandwiches in One Weekend
- Out of Office: This World-Class Athlete and Coke Employee's Happy Place is in the Pool