My first hurricane!

Trip Start Feb 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hey!  Ok, so all is well, I was not swept away in crazy Hurricane Dean!  Actually, it wasnt even close to me, but it was still close enough.  I live up in the north of the country, and we just got a lot of rain, but nothing too damaging.  The south part of the country got hit a little harder, and the volunteers down there had to consolidate, but everything is Ok as far as I know.  Its a little bizarre to know that there was a hurricane looming, but not really have any media access to it, besides what Peace Corps tells you over a text message.  So I was kind of just chilling in my site hoping to not be swept away!  But Peace Corps is on top of the hurricane situations, so no worries to all back home!  We have a system and were all in contact, so if anything happens, we all know where to go and what to do, so Im safe.  But thank you to those of you who called or wrote and were concerned; I appreciate it! 

This past week, before all the hurricane madness, we had a camp called Celebrando el Cibao, which is a diversity camp for kids in our area, and it was awesome.  Topics were covered like religion, racism, sexuality, different cultures, and I think it made a lot of the kids really think and open their eyes to different topics and ideas.  We had some really great discussions in my small groups, and from what my progressing Spanish comprehended, I think they took a lot away from it.  School starts up this week, and Im ready to get something started up!  Im really nervous for everything to begin, and Im really hoping that the teachers are willing to work with me and try some new techniques and ideas in their classroom. 

Im still living with my host family and will be until October.  Another volunteer will be leaving then, and I will be moving into her apartment, so as ready as I am to have my own place, itll be worth the wait.  The rat situation is still going on and to add to that, there have been tarantulas in my bedroom.  Im assured that they are not poisonous, but seriously people, rats and tarantulas, for the love, what else is hiding out in there.  Ah, life in the campo. 
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