I was up bright and early on Friday to be at the airport by 6:45am. The night before one of my biggest fears started to materialize, I was getting a sore throat! Luckily there was a 24 hour drug store near the airport so I ran in and picked up 2 packs of 24 hour cough and flu medication and 2 bags of Hall's so that I could "be prepared" if I really was getting a cold!
A ice bound lake from the air
First sight of the D.R.
As I stepped out of the airport I was warmly greeted by Mioced! She was one of our guides last year, it was so good to see her. I also got to see Beto another guide from last year and Wally who was our bus driver. I was a little sad to find out we had a completely new team this year, but I very quickly became fond of them! This year's guides were :
Patricia - I met her last year as she was/is my host Mother's sister, she had a baby shortly after we left last year
Pedro - So full of life!
Ray - the senior guide, and quite serious
The traffic is a little... different (crazy) down there!
A sprinkling of rain on the drive
Pedro getting ready to play the drum.
Domincan Dancers in traditional dress
After the dancers, we were all paired off with our Dominican families for the week. It just amazes me how week after week these special families welcome us into their homes and truly make us part of their families. They make sure we eat properly every day, get clean water, and not once have we heard a complaint! I stayed with the same family as I did last year, which was re-assuring. When I got to my new home for the week I was soon served a fantastic dinner and had a little time to relax.
In the evening we met up again on the roof top of one of the homes in the area for a brief meeting to review the rules (when is there not rules?) what was expected of us during the next day's visit to NPH (the orphanage Nuestos Pequenos Hermanos).
It was a great day!