Hotel Villa Colonial
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... Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
... technology, and education volunteers came in around Feb-March 2011.
*August 17, 2011: weŽre juniors!!...1 year in the DR.
A group of health, business, youth, and water volunteers arrived August 17, 2011.
*Feb-March 2012: weŽll be seniors...another group of environment, tech, and education volunteers will come in to start training.
*August 2012: the August 2010 group (my group!) graduates in Aug-Oct after finishing 2 years ...
... in Miami to meet up with Michelle who is inbound from Spain (they would join the rest of the team in Santiago, DR on Tuesday).
3:30pm: On DR soil, clear of customs, and loading 28 people and 50+ bags onto two buses. In the rain.
4:00pm: The bus ride to Santiago begins. And oh, what a ride.
8:30pm: The buses roll in to Hotel Platino, the home-away-from-home for the girls. The boys head on over to Denny's house, where they will be bunking. ...
... our tour guide came out and she was really great! She spoke to us in English! I really appreciated that because all the signs were in Spanish. We went into the permanent exhibit on the cultural history of the DR. It was a pretty cool exhibit that started with a movie room with a never ending film clip of paintings, people, landscape, homemade goods etc. It was pointing out the light, the life, the flavor, the mixture that is the culture of the DR. After this video, our ...
... I learned the specifics of Englilsh teaching in the DR. It's taught by Dominicans that have not been taught how to teach a class, much less a class about English. So they don't know the rules for English grammar or how to pronounce the words.
CHRISTMAS: I ended up not going to the Christmas party/dinner in the capital at our boss's, Rome Massey's, house. I wanted to save money and I had baseball games 2 days after. Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) ...