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Today we got to visit and teach a little bit at the Haitian school in the Soto barrio. I was struck by how much smaller this school is and how much poorer it is than the TEARS El Comino school. Most students sit on benches rather than at their own desk. The students were very sweet and when we entered the classroom they would sing us a song of welcome in French. This school is poorer because the government doesn't fund them as they are not totally pleased to have Haitian immigrants. ...
... the Dominican Driving Experience (DDE). As if navigating other cars and trucks isn't difficult enough, there is the added challenge of constantly avoiding motorcyclists and moped drivers, who seem to follow their own rules of the road (which include driving side-by-side on narrow roads and taking whichever lane happens to be more convenient when turning). The roads seemed to be extra crowded today, and there were several instances of ...
The hundred mile drive north across the country from near
Santo Domingo to the western end of the Samana Peninsula was on a pretty good
new toll road, only one lane in each direction but little traffic and skirting
towns. The scenery was quite varied from the open cattle country in the south
to a low mountain range, the hilly karst landscape at the edge of Los Hiatises
National Park, and flooded rice paddies in a river floodplain.
The Samana Peninsula is ...
... down this car to take us into town - these cars are just cars belonging to regular people and they pick up folks along the road who want to get somewhere . . Sounds pretty simple - huh? Well - there are usually several rows of seats and people jam themselves in here and there. Seats coming all apart! Some sit backwards - some sidewards - holding bags and ironing boards and all sorts of stuff. . The ...
There are 3 mosquito borne diseases present in the DR and I can pronounce all of there names:
Dengue Fever, Malaria and Chikungunya.
Mossies love me so I take all of the standard precautions i.e. coat yourself in cancer causing insect repellent as the lower DEET repellents do not work.
FYI - Over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every ...