A Day in my Dominican Life

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A Day in my Dominican Life
The girlinthedr is a almost-thirty (gasp!) woman living in the dominican republic with her husband and two kids. I've been here since 2004.
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  • break-bone fever, bent-back fever and malaria, oh-my! 2 months ago When I first came to the DR ten years ago, I was given a course in tropical diseases - it was a general "going-overseas" course, so a lot of the diseases we learned about didn't even really apply to my part of the world, and really, THANK YOU WORLD. Some of those things - worms that bore through...
  • never a dull moment. 2 months ago On Sunday, I took the kids to the beach with our friends, The Rousculps.The nearest beach is only about an hour from our house, and I'm very sad to tell you that we do not visit there often enough. It is a beautiful, Caribbean beach with waters as azul as the sky, and as warm as ocean water should...
  • on reading. 2 months ago Volunteer Anne Pelsser read to studentsthree times a week for an entire semester.We miss you Anne (and Pierre!)I've said - quite frequently and to anyone who would listen - that most of the problems that we've dealt with in starting and running a school are not the problems that I foresaw. I...
  • Emergency (part 3) 1 month ago Last March I had a health scare. It started with just a little shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and, overnight, escalated to not being able to breathe. I got  up in the morning and even got in the concho with Jewel to go to school. Half-way there, I knew I wasn't going to make it....
  • school's out for summer! 3 months ago This school year was filled with growing pains - we now have a 100% different staff than when we started imparting informal classes three school years ago, we have new resources and a completely new national curriculum to comply with. It's a lot of figuring things out and dealing with problems, and...

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