I went to bed at 7 PM, which was great at the time, given how incredibly tired from 21 hours of travel I was (SERIOUSLY Fargo needs a direct flight to New York, that would be amazing).
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.