I have to start somewhere, so I'm going WAY back in time.
In April, Bret and I were able to go to the Dominican Republic together. Without kids. It was awesome. Bret had already been there once before for his dissertation data collection and this was his second round of it. My mom came out and stayed with the kids while we were gone. It was so nice of her to do that and the kids loved having their grandma around. As I said before, Bret had gone to the D.R in February and stayed with a great host family. We stayed with them for this trip as well. It was wonderful. We had authentic homemade Dominican food for every meal. They were such an enjoyable family(and all the friends that came and went throughout the day.) They were very gracious hosts and it was sad to say goodbye when we left.
This trip was not your typical get away vacation and stay at a resort type of vaca. It was very make-shift, but that's actually the part that made it so exciting. I loved it.
For the first part of the week we stayed close to the home so we could walk to and from campus everyday. Bret was collecting data on the study abroad students there so we had to be able to meet with them when they could. I enjoyed walking down the busy streets with Bret and seeing the sights. I brought a book and read while he did his interviews. It was nice and relaxing.
The second half of the week we did a lot of site seeing and traveling. All I have to say about that is good thing Bret speaks Spanish. I have no idea how anyone could get around there without being able to communicate!
Here are some photos to show what we did.
This is walking down a busy street to the host family's house with our luggage when we first got there. They were appalled that we walked and didn't get a taxi. To be honest this was a low-budget kind of trip AND the walk really wasn't that far.
They had a fun museum in town that we went to. We also went back there another time with one of our hosts and friend and watched a movie that was made by a Dominican who went with a few others from the D.R. to Mount Everest. It was the first time any Dominican made it to the top. It was fun to watch except I couldn't understand a word of it. Bret translated for me in my ear, but we both got tired of that about half way through.
So my videos refuse to upload. I've tried a million different things to get them to comply, but they won't. I wanted to post this video of a place we went. It's a really cool place where you get a guide and hike up a mountain thing and then go down the river where there are 27 slides or waterfalls you jump off of. the slides are in the rocks and the whole thing was so so fun.