Base, Sweet Base...
We're finally back on the Students International base here in Jarabacoa. We returned last night from our Travel Week adventures in Santo Domingo, Los Haitises, and Samana'. I trekked through at least 5 different caves and saw all sorts of Taino cave drawings, (Tainos are the indigenous people of the Hispanola) went to 3 different beaches, and wandered through beautiful colonial archetecture including a castle and a couple cathedrals.
The caves were fascinating, but I have to admit I got a little caved-out by the fith cave. Fortunately, the last cave ended up being my favorite cave, Cueva de las Maravillas. It was beautiful and had unique pintografias. The Carribean Sea is incredible. I'm bragging right now. I spent my fall break by the ocean. So there. :) At the last beach we went to, there were three interesting rock structures off shore and I decided to get a closer look. Upon reaching them, I was tired (I'm not a very proficient swimmer) and decided to rest on the rocks. The rocks had a different idea. They were COVERED with sharp coraly-things that cut my feet as I tried to climb and discouraged any continued attempts to rest upon them. So I jumped back in the water but landed on a submerged coraly-covered rock and it also was very angry about my presence. In my frantic efforts to scramble off the rocks, I'm certain I looked ridiculous. Somehow, throughout this whole experience I either angered some kind of vengeful underwater porcupine or I just got some coral splinters. Not sure which, though the former sounds more exotic. Regardless I recieved six or seven sharp black things lodged in the skin on my foot and hand. Unfortunate.
- various photo-shoots with the girls in Santo Domingo
- learning to dance Dominican Bachata while waiting for my food at a fancy restaurant
- realizing that we got American cable channels at our hostel
- the ensuing Parenthood party:)
- being asked if I was from Spain by a current Madrid resident
- discovering that I can make a convincing Angler fish face:
So overall, a really good week. Lots of good bonding and cultural exposure.