The Amazing Race and the Phantom Puppy Theives
Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
41Trip End Apr 06, 2008
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I am in the capital doing some work so I wanted to take advantage of the free internet to give another update on life here in the DR. My most recent adventure referred to in the title was a bola race from Santiago to Samana. In Dominican Spanish, a "bola" refers to a free ride. So, a few of my friends and fellow volunteers got it into their heads that we needed to have a bola race. Santiago is the second-largest city in the country and the closest major city to my site. Samana is on the northeastern tip of the island on a peninsula jutting out into a large bay, situated close to some of the best beaches in the country. Participants were recruited, teams formed, and strategies planned. There were ten teams of two (male/female) because it isn't very easy for two men to get a ride and it was determined that two women wouldn't be safe. We convened in Santiago on Friday night for a cookout and a "charla" (Spanish for chat) on the rules and regulations of the bola
After a weekend of fun and adventure it was hard to go back to my site, but knowing that I had a small fluffy ball of enthusiasm by the name of Stella waiting for me made it a lot easier. She came running out of my host family's house to greet me and covered me with kisses, which was a nice homecoming. I had been worried about her because my host family told me that people steal puppies all of the time. Apparently if they are driving along and see a puppy they will snatch it up and take it away. I was worried that I would come home to news of a puppy theft (I mean, Stella is pretty darn cute and who wouldn't want her?). But alas, she was alive and well and escaped the puppy theives for the time being.
Lest you get the wrong impression of my life here in the DR, my work is coming along and I seem to be getting busier and busier. I wanted to start off my youth group with a big fundraiser but I quickly realized that first we needed to be organized before we could attempt anything of that nature. We have been working a lot with concepts like what it means to be a leader, how we can be an example for the community, etc. I am really excited to work with these kids - they are pretty amazing and I know that eventually we will get a lot done. Next Saturday we are commencing with the gardens at the early hour of 6:00 am, so I will post pictures as things progress. For pictures of the bola race and the beach, check out my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/90483948@N00/
Hope all of you are well. I miss everyone and am looking forward to coming home for the holidays!! Take care and stay in touch.