Also. I taught my first lesson today. It went well. (Just to my brother and my roommate, but still.)
So now it’s 3 AM and I feel well rested.
ANYWAYS. I am officially in the Caribbean, Southside of the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo). Had a nice conversation with my taxi driver in stunted Spanish, with a lot of over-exaggerated facial expressions and gestures. My Spanish classes start tomorrow at ICC Language Institute.
I am staying about 30 seconds away from the ocean, with a host family consisting of Doña Christina, her daughter, and 3 grandkids.
Doña Christina speaks no English, and she’s the one I’ve been communicating with mostly. I don’t speak Spanish very well, but usually I can get my point across. I really really like her, despite the language barrier… Can’t wait till we can actually talk fluidly. I told her I’d make her pizza, but dangit, I didn’t bring any pizza spice 😦 . Could be difficult. I think after these four weeks are done, I will be at level two or three. I’m about halfway through level one, WHICH MEANS.
I can once in a while get past tense right, or I can say that I am going to do something. But other than that I have to speak almost completely in present tense.
I don’t have house keys yet, and I THINK she said I will have them tomorrow. Not too sure about that.
If I walk around I can hear Bachata music freaking everywhere and I love that.
There aren’t really buses here. According to this website, basically what I have to do is flag down a mini-van called a Guagua. I am scared to do that, because my Spanish is so so so so poor right now.
It would take about a half hour to walk to my language school. But I’m awake anyways, so I could conceivably go, and watch the sunrise from the beach (if I don’t get hit by a car.) But then I still need to get back at the end of the day. Hmm. I guess I’ll wait till the Doña wakes up, and ask her. I need keys ASAP. Necesito los llaves.
I’m not doing too badly though, the other girl I rode with in the taxi who is also going to this school only knows “Hola.” I hope she makes it tomorrow.
First view of the Caribbean!
Hmmm not my best photograph. View directly outside of my house.
I just have ONE eight page paper to hack out and then on to graduation !!!! real life. I wish I could pay someone else to do it for me.
I guess I’m actually an adult now. Won’t be in college anymore. But then again, “career” is still a dirty word to me. I cough loudly to avoid it. I wish people would stop asking me what my plans are.
Europe will be an adventure no doubt… but I do slightly wish I was just chilling in Fargo and reading all summer. Slightly, very slightly. I’m only bringing one backpack… hope that won’t prove to be a problem. As long as I have my passport and money I should be good right? Right?
ARGHHGHGH planning out my trip to New York! I’ve always wanted to go and I’m finally FINALLY doing it! I found places to go salsa dancing Monday-Thursday, and then on Friday…. we on to Europe!
I’m getting so freaking excited. I can’t wait to graduate and get on to the business of traveling. I feel bad that I’ll probably never have a “real” job. I’ll just keep my CNA job probably. They let me take a month off whenever I want (two months in this case), so I can’t complain. It’s a messy job. But it lets me travel.
This Mexican restaurant called Iguana in NYC has free salsa lessons Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday… I’m so pumped.
Here is music:
I cannot get enough of this song ermagerdd
I don’t think I have ever danced that way with anyone. which is saying something. so thank you.