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Dominican Republic – Day 6

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We had only one workshop during day 6, but DREAM volunteers took us to different sites, considering our different interests and Centennial programs. Me and Vicki visited a community radio station in a neighbouring town and spoke with a radio DJ Loreidy.

Later we attended a journalism panel at DREAM site, where two local journalists answered our questions. The day ended with another Spanish lesson.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

DJ Loreidy works at a community radio station that has a reach of 5,000 people and is supported by the Dominican First Lady.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Fresh meat, fruit, veggies, often chopped on the same counter.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

This lady would not let me pass until I agreed to take her picture.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Organic?

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

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March 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Dominican Republic – Day 5

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Day 5 was amazing. We spend first half of day kayaking and jumping into the water from a swing. It was absolutely amazing, especially the part when our kayak flipped and I broke my lip, hurt my knee and ankle. Really, I loved it J

The second half was free time, which we waited a long time for)

Shops, souvenirs, and beach – although we’re not tourists, we deserve some of that too.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Motoconchos are the most popular for of public transport in the DR. It's hard to walk for 10 meters without hearing a "Moto! Moto!" offering from passing bikers.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Kiosks like this one sell fruits, veggies and meat. Dominicans in Cabarete don't go to nice big supermarkets for their groceries - there are none.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

All tourist shops are offering the same stuff, be it paintings, statues or magnets. Bargain all you want. If a store owner says a painting costs 2,500 pesos, you know you can buy it for 750. It doesn't always feel good though. These people still have nothing.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Jamie the business student, a.k.a. Bilo the Haitian, the youngest guy on the trip.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

The guy in the hat is so cool!

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

All private guards in Cabarete (and there are many, unlike policemen) look somewhat like this.

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March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

El futuro de blogging

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The final stage of my workshop on blogging and photography:

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

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March 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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Dominican Republic – Day 4

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Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Day 4 was the first day of workshops for us. Other than that, I got a bit sick with my stomach, and we hand another Spanish language class.

Also, we witnessed how the roads inside Cabarete were being paved for the first time ever. The whole neighborhood watched it with us. The thing is, Cabarete recently became an official city instead of the district, so now it’s going to have real roads and a real mayoral election.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

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March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Dominican Republic – Day 3

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Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Day 3 was all about Santiago. We went to the Centro Leon museum, which was pretty cool, but pretty small at the same time.

Then we toured the Grupo M factories, where Dominicans make jeans and t-shirts that sell for hundreds of dollars for different US companies, like DKNY, Banana Republic, American Eagle etc.

But the highlight of the day was definitely the drive to Santiago and back to Cabarete. This country is rich and poor, dirty and beautiful at the same time, and always very colourful.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Day 3 was the first day I saw a policeman in DR. Turns out they look as if they are about to go to war, bulletproof wests, shotguns or automatic rifles in hands. Private guards are all over the place and carry shotguns too.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

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March 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

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Dominican Republic – Day 2

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Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

At the beginning of Day 2 DREAM volunteers met us at our hotel, and then we walked together to the DREAM site.

We toured the site, looked at the classes, learned a lot about the project.

DREAM takes pride in creating the best available map of the area, and in having the only public library with lots of children’s books in the area.

After that we took a walk through the town, then through the forest, then we swam in the cave. I can’t say that the swim was something really spectacular, but I had to do it, right?

At the end of the day we had our first Spanish language class.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

For those unaware - this is how pineapples grow.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

One flew over the peacock's nest.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

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March 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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Dominican Republic – Day 1

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Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Today was a really long day for me. Actually, for most of us it was two days squeezed into some kind of a double day. Our flight departed at 6.30 on Sunday morning, and we had to be in the airport at 3 a.m. None of us were able to get much sleep that night, and the flight was long enough for just a nap.

But that was just a start. Once we landed, we didn’t have much time for rest, although we didn’t do any real work too. We settled in our hotel, Swell Surf Camp, which is a really beautiful place with lots of open space, a pool, a pool table and a ping-pong table. Lots of ways to enjoy ourselves.

Then we had a dinner at a nearby restaurant, which was really amazing. The food tastes differently, the portions are huge, and it’s just all new to us. Even the air in this country smells differently from the one we’re used to.

After that we had a tour of the town. We saw the place where we’re going to be taking Spanish lessons, we saw the DREAM Project site, and, of course, we took a swim in the ocean, which just made my day.

This was day one, and keep in mind, it’s only the beginning. We’re going to have more pictures, we’re going to have videos, we’re going to tell you everything about our workshops and this trip. Stay tuned.

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

Dominican Republic. Photo/Aleksejs Nesterins

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March 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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