Arrival in la Republica Dominicana

Trip Start Jun 30, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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la casa of my Dominican family

Flag of Dominican Republic  , San Pedro de Macorís,
Thursday, July 9, 2009

After saying goodbye to my family in Florida, I packed my 3 duffel bags and continued on to Santo Domingo, but only made it here with 2 bags, as JetBlue has a new policy that no one is allowed to bring more than 2 bags to the Dominican one bag had to travel all the way back to Canada with my mother, so that I can bring it with me when I go back to Halifax in August. 

In any event, I did arrive safe and sound, and was picked up no problem and brought to Consuelo, as I was unsure of where exactly I wanted to live - San Pedro or Juan Dolio.  So I decided to stay with my second Dominican "family," where I lived for 2.5 months last year.   It was a wonderful reunion, with lots of hugging and tears of happiness!  My Dominican dad was visiting their daughters in Antigua, so I did not get to see him until after I moved to my place.  However, it was wonderful to see Juana and my little "sister," Tata (her real name is Jennifer, but Tata is her nickname)

This first week was of course, full of visiting all of my friends and my other family in Consuelo, and of course my Canadian friend Nicole came from San Pedro to see me the day I arrived!  I was also in touch with my various employers, and had some Rotary meetings and apartment-hunting, and also some fun!  It was so nice to see the Consuelo Rotarians again - especially Cristina and Victoria, who are my best Dominican gal friends!!  I had many reunions and catch-up sessions with people every place I was so nice to see everyone again, and I was very happy also to spend some time in my favorite batey, AB-4! 

After much thought and analysis, I finally decided to live in Juan Dolio, in an apartment that had been pre-selected for me by my employers.  It is in a lovely location, with a courtyard and decent sized pool (hooray for laps!), as well as a great brick barbeque, and it is located right behind my friend "Matilda's" mini-market, or colmado, as they say in Spanish.  I am lucky to have a very nice next-door neighbour, who is the manager of Matilda's colmado, and who has been instructed to take care of me and help me whenever I need it!  I will post pictures of my new digs once I am appropriately decorated and settled in...looks a bit too much like an institution at the moment! 

Moving day was quite interesting, as a man was sent to pick me up in Consuelo 6 hours before the apartment was actually ready for me to move into.  Needless to say, I was not impressed to have spent the day waiting around in the school where I will be working.  However, I must remember that I am back in the DR, and that there is no such thing as North American logic here...or punctuality.  In the end, I am very happy for finally be settled into a place that will be MINE, and there is much comfort in knowing that I will not being moving for the next year!
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