Sunday, September 18, 2011

101 Things: #2, 35, 68, 99 & 101

Here's a quick post on my 101 things list.

#2 - Get a job: So technically this happened quite some time ago, but I started working almost 2 months ago, so I figure I'd go ahead and add it to the completed list.  Teaching 4th grade here at a private school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  I have a small class (14 students), but they're seriously crazy kids.  Good kids, but more energy than a jack rabbit on crack.

#35 - Get a new hobby: When Ana and I moved into our new place here in SD, we found some plants in much need of care on our balcony. Together we have nursed them to a thriving state, as well as adding some new ones to the mix (Gold Zinnias and we're working on some cilantro) so hopefully this works out well!

#68 - Go to an IKEA: Yes, I'd never been to an IKEA. How? I don't know, but I love it. It's cheap, stylish, fun and they have good food, ice cream and coffee.  I could spend all day everyday at IKEA.

#99 - Watch a sunset on the Oregon coast: Ana and I were able to checkout the sunset this year in Netarts Bay, a nice little place just outside of Tillamook.  The Oregon coast is perhaps my favorite place in the entire world. So amazing.

#101 - Go a week without logging onto Facebook: As some of you have undoubtedly noticed, I've been absent from the online world as of late.  Not because I don't want to, but I've just not had enough time and focus to sit down, despite my promises of doing better. Anyways, in all of that I did manage to go a week without using Facebook. It's not such a weird thing. But I can't let myself get too disconnected.

So Dear Readers, this is how goes my 101 things in 1,001 days list!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Dominican Republic - A long awaited post

I haven't blogged in what seems like years, but it feels like it's time to start picking up the living abroad mantle once again.

So I've been here in the DR almost two and a half months and it is a pretty crazy place, especially when compared with Russia.  The weather is constantly warm, the people friendly and the food delicious (not to say that Russia isn't these things, it's just different over there).  There's been a slew of good experiences so far and a few bad ones, but the good most certainly outweigh the bad (beaches vs. being mugged).

I'm not really sure where to begin with this post, but let me start by saying free time here is quite enjoyable. Just last weekend I was able to take a leisurely trip to the beach...a beach much different than you might see in the Pacific Northwest (pictures coming soon).  But Juan Dolio (a very nice public beach) is a short 45 minute bus ride away.

I've also begun my first real job as a 4th grade teacher.  If I ever thought my students in Seattle were full of energy, it was nothing. Never have I ever seen or heard of kids being as full of pent-up energy as my students or the students in my school.  Recess is an absolute circus and with all the running and screaming and whatever else, I'm pretty sure there's a dead student lying somewhere in the cracks of the building. How there's not a serious injury everyday is quite baffling.

The year is off to a good start though and unlike the last time I blogged, you can most certainly expect more blog posts in a shorter period of time to come. Enjoy Dear Readers