April 10, 2012

Hola amigos! We're back!

We're back from the Dominican Republic! It was an amazing week. Fantastic. Astounding. I can't seem to find a word that truly captures it. To sum it all one in one blog post would be impossible as well, so I decided to just take it one day at a time. I'll be posting highlights from each day of the trip. 

Re-entry is hard. It's always hard, even when you come back from an actual vacation. But to come back from living in a third world country, experiencing the it's sweetness and hardships, and then returning to your old way of living takes a tole on you. People and and lifestyles are so incredibly different. Being there for a week and giving you a taste, makes you yearn for a simple life. I know that actually living there long term would be a bit different. It's bittersweet.  After I came back from Belize in 2001, I was messed up for a long time. This time, I hope it passes more quickly. I've come to accept the fact that I live in the American culture....and it's ok. It's a goal oriented, fast paced world. That's the way it is. It doesn't make it any easier after a trip though. I'm going to let it be motivation to show love more often. Be friendly and smile around strangers. This country needs salt & light like never before. We can make a difference no matter where we are. We need to keep perspective. I don't know if I'm making sense at all.
My mind is a whirlwind of emotions. . . this is all I've got. 

Saturday March 31, 2012. Travel.
Super early in the morning at  Pittsburgh International Airport. We can barely contain our excitement! 
Dominican Republic
45 minutes to Newark, NJ - 4 hour layover -  then 4 hours to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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Mostly cloudy the entire way. 
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Finally we made it! Temperatures in the mid 80's and extremely humid. :D
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Election signs everywhere!
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It took a while to get to the MGM facility. We didn't mind... it was wonderful to just take in the scenery. 
Exhausted...I did not take any more pictures that day. More tomorrow!