Internship Abroad | Santo Domingo | 2014 travel blog

A lot has happened since the last time I wrote - I know that was a while ago! I've been so busy here lately, and it is unbelievable to me that we will be finished working one week from yesterday. I'm definitely starting to realize my attachment to this country and to all of the people in it, and I am not looking forward to having to say goodbye.

This past weekend, we went on our very last excursion to San Cristobal. We explored a couple more caves and did a little bit of hiking, which somehow made me extremely sore the next day! It was a beautiful area with a beach surrounded by mountains - that was probably my favorite part about it.

This week at work has been a little bit different, and it was nice to have some variety! On Tuesday we went to the botanical gardens with ALL of the children (about 95 of them), and it actually went surprisingly smoothly :) It was probably one of the coolest days that we've had here, temperature-wise, which was a blessing because we spent the whole day outside. It was a really nice and relaxing day, and it was great to be in a cleaner space away from the noise and pollution in the center of the city.

On Wednesday, we were supposed to meet the vice president of the country, but she canceled at the last minute because the community center was still being painted and undergoing some light maintenance and wouldn't be ready for her that was a little disappointing!

Yesterday was one of the most fun days that I've spent at the community center. We had a smaller group of kids, which made it a lot easier to work with them and get to know them better (and it was also a lot quieter, too!). We played games, worked on puzzles, sang, etc. Yesterday afternoon, however, I got caught in what was probably the biggest rain storm we've had since I've been here when I was walking back from the supermarket! The streets were flooding quickly and I almost lost my flip flop in the current!! Apparently it gets really dangerous when it storms here because the sidewalks are very uneven and there are some large holes in the ground, so when there is water rushing over them, people cannot always see where they're stepping and have fallen in and drowned (or so I've been told). Thankfully, I made it back alive, even if I was soaked!

Tomorrow, we are trying to make plans to go to 27 Charcos, which is a place where you can go for the day and jump down 27 will be quite an adventure, so hopefully everything works out! Other than that, I am trying to make the most of the time that I have left and check off everything on my to do list! I only have a couple of weeks... :)

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