CBT Training begins

Trip Start Feb 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Ok, we are at our Community Based Training(CBT), and our special ed group is in Sabana de la Mar.  It is a pueblo of about 8000 people, and for me it has been so great because I love the smaller towns and not so much the big cities.  We are right on the ocean, so itīs beautiful, and there is a national park close by, which is suppose to be great, so we are excited to go check out the sites.  My new host family is great, which I was a little nervous about having another family, but they are sweet.  There is a doņa and a don(so a husband and a wife), and they are probably in their 60īs maybe, and then their son lives with them and his daughter, who is 9 and is learning English...yay!  His wife is studying in the capitol, so she is there only the weekends, with their son, who is 2, and we are now best buds after a day of playing outside, giving airplane spins, and then watching the Little Mermaid together.  He is adorable, but he called me 'mama' today, because they just call every woman 'mama', but it freaked me out, and I was like, ok, letīs go find your real mom! :)  The doņa and I are also walking every morning together down to the ocean and around the town, and she is so cute about it...they are into exercising here, which is great.  Iīve been able to go running without people looking at me like I am the weirdest person they have ever seen.  Iīm all about the smaller pueblos!! 

Hmm, what else...oh...the doņa's friend...she is HILARIOUS.  She is also like in her 60's and is a smoker, so she has this raspy voice, but she came over the first night I got here, came into my room, looked me up and down, and the first thing she said to me was ''are you single or married''.  That is all she wanted to know, I guess!  But then we all sat around talking, and she is just one of those ladies that says whatever she is thinking and just cracks me up all the time...they let me watch their soap with them at night; itīs called Dame Chocolate, and itīs sad that I am actually into it!  They are also teaching me how to cook, so I can be a good wife, I guess!  But itīs been good...I have no idea what I am making really, but they are happy that I am learning.  All I really want to know is how they make this amazing pineapple smoothie drink.  Itīs incredible.  Ahh, I love the fruit here! 

Monday, we start going into the schools here.  I am with another girl, and we will be in a really small school...two rooms total, and itīs pretty poor.  But we are excited to start seeing what kinds of things we will be working with.  We are in the schools from 8 until 12 and then we have Spanish from 2 until 6 every day. 

Oh, my new phone number is 809-556-7247.  You can call me on this for the next 5 weeks, and then I will get my cell phone, and that will be the last number, I promise! 
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