Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Life Left Half Behind.

As I write this, I am sitting on a patio, at the Students International base, in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic :) As I'm sitting here listening to the new sounds, cars and motorcycles on the street, dogs, young children, crickets, a weird sounding bird, I can't believe I'm acutally here.. it's really surreal.

The past few days have been insane!!!! We went through two chaotic days of orientation at Bethel to start this week off. Meeting the students from other schools and getting to know the other students from Bethel has been such a fun experience. I went on a zip-line for the first time.. so fun. There has been so much information thrown at us that I'm having a hard time processing it all. I can't wait to put all of it to action though as I start my life in Jarabacoa. The thing I'm most looking forward to right now is meeting my host family and building relationships with them.

Today, we spent about 12 or so hours travelling from Prairie Camp to Bethel to O'Hare to Miami to Santiago and finally Jarabacoa. Long day. It was a weird experience to call some of my family members and know that it might be the last time that I heard their voices for a few months. I have only felt excitement, however.. no sadness :) I wish we could have flown in here during the daytime becuase I'm sure that the drive from Santiago to Jarabacoa was beautiful. We met our team leaders Vicky and Josh tonight and they already laid down a couple of ground rules for us until tomorrow morning including:
no drinking water from the tap
no flushing toilet paper (yikes!)

Tomorrow we start orientation here on base, and will have that until Saturday I think. On Saturday we get to meet our host families and hopefully move in with them. That's when the real adventure begins. Hopefully this satisfies some of the need to know what's going on with me.. I don't know how often I'll be able to update, but I'm here and I'm loving life!


  1. Woo hooo!!! I am so happy for you!!!! We are all so proud. Have lots of fun. Keep us up to date if you can. xoxoxo

  2. Have such a fun time! Love you and be safe!!

  3. YAY! I am so excited for you and remember, if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down...

  4. Hope your having an awesome time!! I miss you so much, I love you Margie! <3

  5. Glad all are safe. Hows the skeeters? can't wait to hear about your family.

  6. dad- the mosquitos are pretty bad, but we have buspray and mosquito net so my roommate and i are getting along just fine. there are some houses where the bugs are way worse and some of the legs of the other girls in our group are just covered with bites.