Volleyballs, Gua Guas, homemade Sangria, and banan

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Rachele's house

Flag of Dominican Republic  , Santiago,
Friday, February 12, 2010

The weather has been fantastic, mild in the morning, warm during the day, and pleasantly cool at night.
We still rise with the roosters, but we’ve gotten kind of used to the sounds of the barrio. We’ve only really gone out in the area with Rachele as our interpreter because Dominican Spanish is a little different, full of slang and unaccustomed accents. Abby is getting better at adapting and it always impresses me when they speak a thousand miles an hour and she is able to pick out what they just said.
We went with Rachele to her youth volleyball practice and could not believe the view from the modest baseball/volleyball field.
We also managed to snap a few pics of one of the “gua guas” we use to commute to and from Santiago. These little vans would seat 8 comfortably in the states, however we have been crammed in with at least 20 on multiple occasions. If we can, we will try to snap a few pics from the inside when it’s that crowded.
We celebrated our Friday night with some homemade white Sangria, using fruit that was gathered in Rachele’s yard and some very cheap white wine that we purchased in Santiago. We sipped sangria in the dark and made our plans for the weekend.
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