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Trip Start Feb 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

This past week was Semana Santa, our first Holy Week in the Dominican Republic! The town of Sabana de la Mar has been completely full of family and friends of people that live here, so there has been a lot of activity going on.

Itīs also been a busy week for our group, as well. Wednesday and Thursday, we painted a gorgeous mural on a wall outside of a school here in Sabana. This was the thing that I was the most scared of during CBT, well that and all the public speaking, but I think my painting abilities are worse than my public speaking abilities. But we have some amazing artists in our group, and it turned out so beautiful...all I drew was a heart and wrote some words, but itīs a beautiful heart! : ) It was a lot of work, and it was so hot working in the sun, but it turned out so great, so Iīve been running by it in the mornings just to look at how pretty it is!

Yesterday we went with Robynīs brother and his friend to Caņo Hondo again (the natural pools), and it was a completely different experience because it was so packed with all the people from Semana Santa. And everybody knows when the ĻamericanasĻ come in; I feel like we are a walking show for the people of this town! Itīs definitely awkward for me to be a ĻsiteĻ for the people to see. The best thing was on the way back, we stopped at his friendīs farm, and we got to see all the incredible fruit that they grow here...oranges, mangos, bananas, guavas, tamarindos, and then the guys picked us some sugar cane for everyone to eat on the way back. Here is how they did it; first they pulled the sugar cane out of the ground, and then to peel it, since they didnīt have a machete, they tore the outside the cane off with their teeth, and we ate the sugar cane stalk. It was so good...such a Dominican experience.

CBT time has completely flown by, and this is our last week here. All of our families are asking if we are staying here, and itīs hard because none of us know where we are going to be, and we are dying to find out! We have all really come to love Sabana de al Mar, and our families are so great. The two year old boy in my family has become my favorite person here...I think I am learning the most Spanish from him! This really is a good town, though, because we all feel so safe here. We all know everyone, I can run in the mornings without any problems, itīs close to so many great sites, like Samana, Los Haitises, Miches (the great beaches), so itīs hard to leave, but we do know that there will be someone placed here, but I donīt think it will be me, so Iīll come back and visit.

Oh, and if you havenīt seen them yet, Iīve posted pictures on my blog finally! If I have posted pictures, there will just be a little camera sign with the number of pictures I have posted next to my update. I hope all is well back in the States; itīs getting nice there...spring and fun. Enjoy and give me some updates on life.
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