Archive for August 2009

Bienvenidos a mi vida en la republica dominicana!

August 24, 2009

Hola! This is attempt number 2 at this blog. Last time, my computer timed out and shut off in the middle of writing. I´m sitting in an internet center near my house, lucky me!

There´s so much to share that I´m not sure where to begin or what to say, especially given I have an alloted amount of time to use the computer. My keyboard is different… so I´m not sure where to find some punctuation.

Anyway.

Today I started my spanish class at my training center, and I loved it. I actually feel encouraged to be in class with those that are a little better at understanding and speaking than me, because it makes me feel like the staff sees my potential in learning quickly. I live in a host family home with a mom, dad, and three sisters. They all speak spanish only. My entire community speaks only spanish, with the exception of a few kids who are learning english. My oldest sister can understand some, but she never uses it. I also live with two chihuahuas! Very cute, very friendly. My house is small but cute. I have my own room with a lock on the door, which is PC policy. The shower doesn´t run, nor the sink, and the toilet doesn´t flush. I poor water down it and it flushes, when I get it right. Sometimes it just fills up and I get nervous about the idea of asking for help to flush after I´ve gone to the bathroom. Haha. To shower and such, we use buckets of water that are collected from the rain. It rains almost every day because it´s the rainy season, but it only rains for a few minutes. It feels good to cool down the air. When it rains, my sisters and my host dad run outside to collect as many buckets as they can. Though we don´t have running water, we do have electricity. At times the power shuts off, but we just flip it back on. I don´t use a hair dryer or straightener though, so you can imagine I am sporting a frizzy ponytail everyday… woot woot.

Today we learned how to use public transportation, los carros y los guaguas. Carros are like taxis, except taxis take you exactly where you ask, whereas carros just go down the street. Guaguas are busses. Dominicans fit as many people as possible into a car or bus. Cars fit 7 people, three up front, four in the back. Needless to say it´s extremely packed. My taxi rides in east asia were definitely not this crowded.

I´m understanding more spanish each day. My host mom is very encouraging- she tells people I meet that I don´t understand much but that I´m learning everyday. But in fact, I can now say it myself, yay! The mosquitos are baaaad, and they are sneaky. I haven´t felt any bites, but I´ll look at my legs at the end of the day and there are big red dots all over. They almost look like small bruises. Ew. Tricky tricky mosquitos. I sleep under a mosquito net, it´s a requirement.

Enough for now, I have to get ready for a game of baseball! It´s so common here, they jokingly say it´s their religion. Haha. I´ll update again when I can.

Adios!

3 days to go!

August 16, 2009

In an effort to keep all my friends and family updated on my experience in the Peace Corps, I’ve created this blog. Hopefully I will have access to a computer once in a while to write an update. You may have to be patient though- my resources will be limited.

First of all, thank you Word Press for allowing me to resurrect my old facebook name! For those of you who don’t know, facebook destroyed “The Sarah Roberts Experience” because it was not my real name. But facebook, let me ask you this! How do you justify names such as Katie ‘Don’t Text’ Rada and Hannah ‘No Text’ Jung? What is the harm in a nickname on facebook?

Anyway.

Wednesday I fly to Washington D.C. to meet with the rest of my training group, then on Thursday we all fly to the DR. I’ll spend about two months in training in Santo Domingo. Following a successful training, I’ll be sworn in as a volunteer and sent elsewhere in the country to carry out my service.

What am I doing? I’ll let you know when I figure that out. In the meantime, you can send me mail and packages (in padded envelopes) to:

Sarah Roberts, PCV
Cuerpo de Paz
Avenida Bolivar 451, Gazcue
Apartado 1412
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic