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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 ...
... world. I also walked to the beach with James, our mentor, and 15 other girls to enjoy the ocean at the night. For the remainder of the free time, I called my parents and talked to Adele and Olivia. I'm going to miss them so much much. We've become so close these past 8 days, I already consider them my bffls. Something funny I realized a couple nights ago was that all the girls in my room happened to be the ones I was near on the plane. I was on the window ...
... of tension in the country right now so it's rude to ask if someone is Haitian or Dominican. I avoided that topic which was easy because everyone here speaks Spanish. I then experienced another traumatic scenario where I went to a market and everyone was trying to get me and the rest of the group to buy things from their store. I promised my friend Ramona I would go to her store but instead I was grabbed by somebody else and literally was dragged by the arm to her store. ...
Today, for the first time, we took the initiative and went to a school and did a craft with
the preschool class without anyone holding our hands! Considering that the kids
and the teachers all speak Creole and only broken Spanish and almost no English,
this was a big step. We were all very nervous because the teachers did not even
know we were coming and so it felt funny to burst in on their class, but the
teacher was actually very glad to have us and a huge ...
... after our messy day and enjoyed a nice dinner with the community again. Some even got to witness the "cleaning of the chicken" that would become
our lunch the next day. I respectfully chose to pass on that
activity... We spent the evening relaxing with the community (in the dark since the power goes out each evening) and playing dominos (VERY popular in the DR) and cards.
All in all, it was an amazing experience to be able to work with the ...