Hey friends! It’s been over a month since my last post (apologies) and a whole heap of stuff has happened. But first, some much-awaited photos!
A row of local giftshops at Playa Dominicus near Bayahibe (closest city - La Romana).
Friends from El Seibo and La Romana. The girl in the black is Yadely, one of my neighbors.
The living room in my apartment! I have 2 plastic chairs and the machine on the right is my little washing machine. On the outside there is a small porch surrounded by criss-cross bars and a locking gate.
My kitchen - medium size fridge, wood table, bottle of drinking water, gas stove with propane tank behind it, and a sink.
Bathroom - toilet and sink (left of the toilet), shower where I fill up the white bucket and use a smaller bucket to pour over myself to bathe.
My closet - a pole hanging from the ceiling. Notice the huge black butterfly in the corner. This my bedroom where I have a bed and a fan.
The remnants of Earl rumbling in - the view from my window
My old host mom, Ana Celia, speaking at my center's graduation in August.
Cultural and scenic paintings done by students at my center
And finally, the view from my little porch
Since my last update, I went to my 3-month IST (in-service training) up in the mountains in a town called Jarabacoa where we presented our diagnostic reports with our project partners to the rest of the group. We also worked on our one year plans and played some team building games. Now that IST is over, we are finally free to pursue our own projects and are officially working volunteers! This weekend marked 6 months that I’ve been in the Dominican Republic. It feels like it has flown by. I moved into my apartment 3 or so weeks ago and have been getting to know my neighbors and slowly buying furniture and appliances to make it a home. I will post a full update later this week, don’t have much Internet time left. Hope you all enjoy the photos! Hasta pronto…