Travel Blogs from Puerto Plata
... and visit with their neighbors. The people who run the villa where
we are staying, have people over and eat or just sip wine and talk and laugh at
least 6 nights a week! Apparently, people are not too busy with their
schedules, or don't mind missing the latest episode of Breaking Bad.
And I have noticed something else that goes right along with being still. In the DR, you
have to learn to let go. In the U.S., for various reasons, we have a lot of
... as I write this that I truly have the best family ever. Not once did they make fun of me for being scared of fish or tell me that it was stupid to have a fear of something so harmless. Instead of telling me to just get in the water, they stayed by my side and helped me through every step. And so, with the help of my amazing family and my Lord and Savior by my side, I overcame my fear.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me ...
... who introduced us to even
more new friends. And He gave us an amazing example of what it truly means to
be the hands and feet of God. Mike and Toni did not wonder if they should give
us a ride, they just stopped and offered. They did not discuss whether or not
they should open their home to four perfect strangers, they just invited us to
stay. They did not take some time to get to know us before they attempted to
get us plugged into ...
Today, for the first time, we took the initiative and went to a school and did a craft with
the preschool class without anyone holding our hands! Considering that the kids
and the teachers all speak Creole and only broken Spanish and almost no English,
this was a big step. We were all very nervous because the teachers did not even
know we were coming and so it felt funny to burst in on their class, but the
teacher was actually very glad to have us and a huge ...
... larimar and making jewelry on site. We also saw more cigar making/rolling and got to try the Dominican's famous mama juana -- an "aphrodisiac" drink made from soaking rum, red wine, and honey in bark and herbs. It was interesting, but nothing to bring home to share... We made a quick stop at the Brugal rum factory, where I sneaked a few forbidden photos (justified by my purchase of two bottles of rum).
After seeing a few other places like the city center ...