Saturday, June 30

End Of Volunteering Part

The volunteering part of my trip has ended now. We did loads. On the school we managed to get the walls a good 4 feet high and we cleaned and sorted most of the other classrooms so all the broken furniture was out the back. With the kids we managed to teach them a few things but they were greatful that we had come from afar to amuse them. One could say it has been incredibly fulfilling. Either way it has been a lot of fun and it has been one of the best experiences of a foreign country i´ve ever had.

Now comes the fun part, though. The adventure tour lasts for 2 weeks and is going to be fun. Today we went horseback riding to a waterfall. The waterfall was quite high and was cool but i couldnt help thinking of the plitvice lakes and how it compared. Even so here you can swim in it and there was a small cave behind the fall to explore. My underwater camera is going strong and it takes good pictures.

The hotel we are at now (thank god to be in a hotel) is called tropic bananna and is owned by a french man. The hotel is fairly nice, has a pool, and the rooms have AC. It has all the basics and the food is pretty good, although all the food would seem good after Fusimana where lunch each day was crappy sandwiches. I think the volunteering part makes you appreciate this part more fully.

Tomorrow we´re going to a small island called cayo levantado off the coast of Samana. It should be great fun. Hopefully i can update the blog more often on the tour as there will be mnore net cafes.

Sunday, June 24


These are some kids photos


These are some of the phots from the construction part of the volunteer work.

In the truck on the way there. It takes an hour to get there each day.

1 Week In

Well it's been a week now and we're back at the beach in sosua for a fun day out. We're not going on the beach today because yesterday we went to a place called 27 Waterfalls. About an hour out of puerto plata the place is located at the back of a sugar field. We didn't really know what to expect when we got there and the 20 minute hike to the actual waterfalls made us wonder if it was worth the 10 dollars we paid to do 12 of the 27 waterfalls. It was. The activity consisted of half climbing and half being hoisted up waterfalls by underwater monkey men. The place was beautiful and i took plenty of pictures with my underwater camera as we swan along the deep channels carved over millions of years by the running water. When we got the the top of the 12th waterfall we had to head back. What better way to head back then to jump and slide down all the waterfalls we had just climbed! The Pentax Optio w30 is a really well made waterproof digital camera. These waterfalls were the acid test for this type of camera and it passed with flying colours, not leaking when i lept off a 30 foot cliff into a pool of water with it. I will post the photos when i find an internet cafe that lets me use my memory stick.

The volunteering is ace. The school is already ahead of schedule and on friday we levelled the floor and on monday we will be starting on the walls. The old school we demolished was made out of sticks and tin and came downb really easily. Its hard work but you can always see progress at the end of the day.

Every other day we go and teach some poor spanish kids different things. This is also fun and the kids can be really adorable. We tought them Geography and Ecology last week. I'll write more next time.