DR TRIP: Day 1 – Travel day is done

Thursday, we have been traveling all day, our group from Got Questions and the staff reps from Compassion International. Since it’s already nearly midnight as I am writing this and just about ready to pass out in this very comfy hotel bed, I’m just going to list some of the things I don’t want to forget about today…

The alarm went off at 3:15 AM in Colorado, then Tom and Beth picked me up at 4:30 AM. We flew to Dallas at 6 AM and had a quick breakfast from Einstein’s Bros. bagels. Then it was off to Miami an hour later with a looooooong layover there.

After playing on the internet for a long time, reading, and chatting awhile, I took a walk with Kristi-Joy and Tom to find a Wendy’s. It was a fun little excursion. Got to stretch our legs, ride the Skytrain again, and actually did make it to our destination.

I’d seen the sun rise from the plane as we left Colorado, and during our evening flight to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, I saw the pink shades of the setting sun in the sky. It’s been a long day, but honestly, it’s been fulfilling and has prepared my heart for what lies in store tomorrow.

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This was my first time going to another country, so I got my very first passport stamp when we arrived. Huzzah! Doing the customs thing and having to go through so many checkpoints wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Of course, I was just following all the people who actually knew what they were doing, but that’s beside the point. 😉

The air is extremely humid here. It kind of sticks to you. But it’s perfectly offset by the very friendly people we have met so far. I found it both interesting and disorienting to see all the signs in the native language first with the English translation at the bottom. Of course it would be that way, but I still thought it was cool to see. How strange it must be for people to come to America and never see their native language anywhere.

I also found it interesting that they sold hard liquor and big cartons of cigarettes right where you come out from debarking the plane. O.o

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Our tour van is quite awesome, and our hosts (the ones we have met so far) are wonderful guys. We all got bottled water and a quick rundown of what to expect over the next few days on the way to the hotel.

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The hotel is really nice. The bed is comfy, and there’s AC–VERY important. XD The shower has good hot water and water pressure. It’s going to be nice to come back here and relax after the day’s adventures each evening.

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The one thing that still freaks me out a little is the fact that we can’t drink water from the sinks. In fact, they even go so far as to tell us to keep our mouths closed in the shower. So that’s a little scary. And I drink a LOT of water, so I hope that I can stay hydrated with what’s provided in bottled water. 😛

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Finally, of course, I miss my little squirrely squirrels back at home. I’m not away from them often, but I do always miss them when I am. Julie made a little packet for me with a daily note that I am keeping by my bedside to read once a day. So thoughtful!

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I am really looking forward to all we’re going to do tomorrow. We’ll get an early start with breakfast at 7:30, and the van leaves at 9:00.