I'd have to say, running on virtually no hours of sleep, very little food, and lots of nerves kicking in was one awesome and crazy adventure. Yesterday, two of my very good friends were kind enough to take me to the airport at 3:45 am (thank you Caroline and Tori). Leaving buffalo with so much love from my friends and family made settled my nerves. I never felt ready to go more than ever.
My first flight (the 5:30 am flight) wasn't much of an adventure due to the fact that everything was pitch black. However, the second one was quite the sight.
I felt like a deer in head lights when I landed at the airport. There was so much commotion going on. Of course I am familiar with Spanish, but as fast as these people were talking and speaking, it made me feel overwhelmed. I realized that people who are in not only in this country, but our country face these challenges everyday. Whether people move to our country for a better opportunity, or for studying purposes like me and the girls, these are challenges that people face everyday.
The cool thing is, the people at the airport were so helpful and so friendly. They understood that we weren't native, yet they were still so helpful to us.
This experience also made me realize that one day, there is going to be a student in my class who is in an unfamiliar place, and he is going to feel like I felt when I was at the airport. Amazed of being in a new place; seeing and meeting new people. Yet, confused. Unfamiliar with this place.
The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country! The sun feels so good after being deprived from it for so long. It is also SO WARM. The people here are so wonderful and friendly.
I lie in bed, and my only thoughts are that I am so glad that I did this. I am so glad that I have met this wonderful girls, traveling with them, and calling them my friends. I am so glad to have this support system to get me here. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
First full day.
I am so in love with this country. The weather here is so beautiful. Not to mention that this is also the international kite surfer capital of the world. It is so awesome that I can literally walk outside and see surfers, geckos, sand, and the ocean.
Traveling to here from 10 degree snowy weather is amazing.
This also makes me want to travel the rest of the world. Of course I have seen pictures of paradise and many places of the world, but to actually see it up close is something amazing. It makes you very curious of what other beautiful places are in the world.
The people here are so friendly. Today, I was grocery shopping at a local store with our group. Some man saw me struggling trying to hold my coffee (which is AMAZING here by the way). crossants, a list, and rest of my groceries in a basket. He then got a cart, took all of my basket and put all of my food in there without a hesitation. It was so kind of him, and I don't even think he was even shopping at the store!
Today, we started our Spanish class at the CLI (Cabarete language institute). I have taken Spanish for 8 years of my life. I have so much appreciation for my language teacher because she not only from Spain, but helped me and the girls so much with language, and places around town to eat. She was so patient with us, and it also came in handy that I had the most wonderful Spanish teachers throughout the years.
Tomorrow, we start our Montessori adventure! I am so eager to meet the kids, and learn so much more about Montessori. Tomorrow is when my dreams of being in a classroom and observing become a reality.