Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day 3

Posted by: Seniors
Third Day - (Sorry the internet is shaky at best)
"Then sings my soul, my Savior Lord to Thee, how great Thou art, how great Thou art". The location of our experiences today made me think of those words. Elvis (yes, like the singer), our Dominican tour guide, spoke perfect English, and all of us felt very comfortable with him from the moment we met him. He remembered our group from last year and asked about certain people. Since today was a "fun day", we headed to the Damajagua waterfalls, a touristic place well known for its 27 waterfalls. However, Elvis first took us to Mama Dora, a sixty four year-old woman, who makes coffee and chocolate in a firewood stove. She and her family (fourteen children) plant, pick the coffee and cocoa beans, and toast and smash them in a giant grind stone with a heavy wood stick (come to our mission chapel to see the photos). From there, we stopped in a stone sculpture depot, where we could observe men making beautiful sculptures from the native Dominican rocks and stones. We had a traditional lunch in a beautiful open area, where we had a certain vegetable that most Americans have never eaten, called "taiota" (in Mexico is known as "chayote"). Finally, we arrived at the waterfalls. The lush green forestry and the turquoise water surrounded by majestic rocks and mountains gave us a sense of refreshment and excitement. Mr. Smith gave a "Happy Birthday" banner for Devyn to wear since she celebrated her 18th birthday today. Finally, after a day of new experiences, we arrived home, where Norma and Oscar cooked a delicious fish dinner, with carrots, beets, and taiota (again!) After dinner, Norma surprised Devyn with a birthday cake, which was devoured in a matter of minutes. Before heading to bed, a few of us decided to play "chubby bunny". For those of you who don't know how the game works, two people take a marshmallow one at a time and say, "chubby bunny". The one who cannot fit anymore marshmallows in his/her mouth or cannot understandably say "chubby bunny" loses the game. We got a good laugh out of that, and then headed to sleep. ¡Hasta mañana!