Dominican Republic: Thursday

Posted by on 19 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: my life.

This morning we went to a local AG school and taught the 135 elementary kids in a small chapel room.
Before the program began, we had a few moments so I pulled out my yo-yo and boy did these kids like it. I had used it before on this trip, but these kids’ reaction was really unexpected. I did a couple of tricks, and then they all started motioning for me to do the Rock the Cradle trick, so I did it a couple times, and the kids started chanting with the rhythm of the rocking. That was a pretty cool experience.

This afternoon we went downtown into a marketlookong for souvenirs. I faced a dilema: what to get my wonderful, beautiful wife.
Anyone have any suggestions here?

I have been speaking a little bit of the Spanish I can recall from my freshman-sophomore years. I am able to say little phrases like ‘I don’t speak Spanish’ and have enjoyed some time trying to communicate with the wonderful Dominicans here.
I also have recalled some of the German I learned in my Junior-Senior years in high school. It’s been amazing to me the amount of language stores in my brain that have come back to me after all these years.

I miss my wife a lot. This is the longest we’ve ever been apart since we got hitched almost four years ago. It’s been tough to be away from my wonderful, but I’m very excited to get to spend time with her when I return on Sunday afternoon!

4 Responses to “Dominican Republic: Thursday”

  1. on 20 Feb 2009 at 4:56 pm 1.Carrie said …

    I think you should buy her something native to the country – nothing you could buy here in the states.

    We’re looking forward to having you back in the office! It was fun figuring out the sermon notes for the projector. For some reason I thought I was suppose to make the changes on the JPEG slides. I finally realized I needed to make each screen (picture) in Photoshop first. That was tricky, but I learned a lot.

    Thanks for blogging about the trip.

    From Weather.com:
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM EST /3 AM CST/ TO 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/ SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    MODERATE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ON THE ORDER OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE LIKELY. SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE INCH PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE.

    Don’t come home in shorts and flip-flops!!!

  2. on 20 Feb 2009 at 5:26 pm 2.Todd Helmkamp said …

    Maybe you could build her a cake or something.

  3. on 20 Feb 2009 at 10:27 pm 3.Sue said …

    I would suggest jewelry, native spices for cooking, white vanilla for baking or pineapple! I’m sure whatever you bring will be greatly appreciated. Glad you’re having a great time.

  4. on 21 Feb 2009 at 5:32 pm 4.Patti Trammel said …

    They ahve some beautiful necklaces wrist & ankle bracelets made from a stone that is a national one. It looks like obsidian or onyx. Really pretty. I brought some home from trip in 98 for Sarah & Rachel. They even had some with pretty coral mixed with the black. Hope you brought some of their coffee home. It’ll be a neat thing to have a cup of Dominican coffee in the am for a few weeks after returning home.

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