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Day 9- I keep having dreams about Angeli. I also can't help myself from waking up at 6:30 every morning even though we are allowed to sleep in much later. Today, we woke up and then headed over to Cabarete and the lazy dog cafe! Yay wifi! I talked to my friends and family and enjoyed the indoors for a bit. I went out on the sunny beach for just an hour before we all ate pizza for lunch! I've missed pizza so much, so I was extremely excited ...
... potentially die. And this isn't even an exaggeration! It wasn't also just because I was out of shape! Every single person besides the mentors (who completely downplayed this day to a little walk in the woods) was on the verge of death. I even took off my shirt so I was only in a sports bra. I'm not really the type of person to wear minimal clothing like that around people, but it was actually that hot. When we finally made it to the top and I collapsed on ...
Why the heck did I not bring a fan here? You don't understand heat until you go to the equator in July. It is so. freaking. hot. Today we took the short 10 minute bus ride to Caña Dulce. I started out with some more cement mixing (yay) with a group of 5 other kids I didn't really know very well. 4 of them were rising seniors, all from California. The 5th was a girl from Virginia who just graduated and is actually attending UVA this fall! ...
... by rice chicken, fried fish (none for me, of course), and delicious plantains.
We stayed for a beach bonfire, and finished the night with some dancing with the local Dominicans that were there to serve/ have dinner.
The kids were crazy about a baby kitten they found.
Heading back, we stepped onto the boat in ...
... It's equipped with cannons and look-outs for those darned pirates that kept trying to pillage Puerto Plata. The view of the ocean from the fort was beautiful. I would've loved to stay longer, but local vendors were pretty much harassing us so we took off for the next stop.
That day we also went to the Museo del Ambar, where a guide showed us how amber and larimar (blue stone only found in the DR) are mined in the Dominican Republic. Workers there ...