Trip Start Feb 2007
26Trip End Apr 2009
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This summer, I am doing a teacher training camp in July with a few other volunteers back in Sabanan de la Mar(where we had our 5 week training). Then at the end of July, we have another training session with our group again for a week, and then school starts in August. I'm hoping to move into my apartment the beginning of July, and it supposedly has electricity and running water-things I never knew meant so much to me
There are a million new things that I'm learning to love at my site, like yesterday I was walking the dog on one of the back roads that I hadn't gone down yet, and it was the most beautiful walk I'd taken yet. The mountains were right in front of me, it was an old back road, in the country, so there were no people hissing at me or calling out "Americana or Rubia", so it was peaceful, and then I came up on these forests of cocunut trees, which I know are a common thing here, but it was something new and gorgeous to me. The family is shocked that I walk the dog...it's their "guard" dog, and they keep her in this tiny, tiny cage, and the poor thing never gets out, and she is absolutely beautiful and sweet, but she's really big, so everyone is scared to death of her
Another thing that I don't understand is all the catcalls here on the street. It's not bad in my campo community, but when I go into Santiago, it's crazy. I can't walk 10 feet without the guys yelling out or hissing. But it's so strange to me. If we were in the US, and I saw a Dominican guy on the street, and started yelling out "Dominican" "Brown guy"...that would be really weird! But that's what they call out here..."americana...gringa...rubia"...american girl white girl or blonde girl...or my favorite is when the little kids just call me "America". It's just weird to me for it to just be a normal thing here to call out to people like that.
But on a plus note, my Spanish is getting better!! It's still pretty rocky, but I can pretty much understand everything being said to me, even if I can't find the words I want to reply, at least I know what going on around me for the most part. The other night, I was sleeping over at my friend Jen's house, and I woke up in the middle of the night all confused and not knowing where I was, but she told me the next morning that I was speaking Spanish, so I'm taking that as a good sign!
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer back home! Take care and keep sending me updates; I love hearing about life back in the States.