Today was our first official day in the Dominican Republic. We arrived yesterday to our hosts and Dr. Foster waiting with “banderas” the Domincan Flags in hand ready to take our first picture! We loaded our suitcases full of supplies and medicines into our bus with the help of Leo our bus driver and our new friends from the community, and we took off for our 2 hour bus ride to San Francisco Macoris. To our surprise we arrived to a delicious meal of chicken, beans, rice, veggies, and passion fruit juice awaiting us at Rosa’s house. A little exhausted from the trip, after an hour long wait for the cold shower we were ready for bed, but our neighbors had another plan… a celebration for Three Kings Day including loud, loud music luckily some of us had our ear plugs.
We awoke this morning to cockadoodledoo from those same neighbors roosters… and we headed for the beach! We had a few detours along the way, and after 2 hours we arrived at the beach! Only to find the beach was not as beautiful this morning because of all the rain the previous night. So we walked back to the road through the mud… waited for our bus that went to pickup lunch from Margarita’s house (who woke up at 4am to make us our delicious fish lunch!). Then we drove another hour to another beach… Las Terrenas, where we had lunch and got to know our hosts who we will be working with this week.inflatable bouncer
Tonight we had a little debrief and here are a couple things we observed today…
The feeling of being home (some of our team members are from other countries)
The welcoming personalities
And how much fun we are all having!