Get Out Your Mapas! (thats Spanish for map, btw)

Trip Start Mar 14, 2005
Trip End Nov 2007

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

!Hola Everybodyˇ
So, this week I got a tentative (though pretty certain) site assignment for the next two years! I{m going to be pretty much in the top left corner (aka northwest) of the country -- really close to Haiti AND really close to the beach, both of which are key. The closest city to me is going to be Monte Cristi which should be on a map if you can find it. Visits from everyone are strongly encouraged and expected at ANY TIME! I am going to be working with a mothers group and a youth group on health issues like HIV AIDS and nutrition in my -pueblocito- (cant find the quotation marks again) and there is a sugar cane plantation powered by Haitian labor on the outskirts of my town and I will get to work with them and hopefully use some of my Kreyol.
This last week in training my group built a HUGE community vegetable garden and a chicken coop. By -built- I guess I mean that the 11 Americans fumbled around with measuring tapes and blueprints while the one Dominican mand with a machete actually got most of the work done, but Im still proud! Next week, we have planned a talent show for the youth in this community. My host brother, Erick, has decided that his -talent- is going to be to dress up like a girl and lip synch to a female singer while interpretive dancing to the lyrics. Hes been having dress rehearsals all this week, and now I call him my hermana, Ericka.
Spanish is still a bit of a challenge for me, but its getting better, poco a poco. Im still the queen of horrible verb conjugations, but sometimes I surprise myself when a sentence like -I will kill the rooster tomorrow because it was crowing all night- comes out of my mouth. Whats that saying? Necessity is the mother of making me speak Spanish correctly? Either necessity or hatred of roosters, I guess.
I CANT WAIT to come home for K-bags wedding! and I cant BELIEVE that its only in a MONTH more! Are there any updates or bridesmaid duties I can perform from a 3rd world country? I miss everybody SO MUCH and PLEASE WRITE! Letters always make me MUY happy. I just checked my e-mail and I cant BELIEVE all the celebrity gossip Im missing out on - you guys are the bueno-est! Love you all SO MUCH!
Love, Mole/Molly
P.S. XaXa - I got TWO letters form you last week and I loved every bit of them! especially the Anderson Cooper article!
Jenny, Cornachios, and Cawy! - I dont have your addresses for some reason, tell me!
My address, again, is--
PCT Molly Rosenberg
Cuerpo de Paz
Apartado Postal 1412
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
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