Now for Part 2 of the Q & A. If you have questions, feel free to post them in the comments below. We will periodically do these posts if there is enough interest.
Beth asked: “I see you with crispy cream donuts….do they have like american food places? And how do they drive? Can you watch our american channels on TV……I could go on and on”
Kay also asked: “What’s the food like there?”
We live in the campo (aka country) that is about 1 hour outside of Santo Domingo, which is the capital of the Dominican Republic. The main dishes that most families eat here are rice & beans, and chicken. Salami is also very popular here, and we typically eat salami sandwiches or salami and eggs for lunch. However, when we are feeling the effects of living in a 3rd world country and need some semblance of our old life, we make a trip to the capital. We do our grocery shopping and usually grab a bite to eat. There are many American restaurants there, such as Wendy’s, MacDonald’s, Chili’s, Outback, Johnny Rockets, and many more.
Traffic is INSANE!!! Seriously, there are very few traffic rules that are followed. Basically, it’s all man for himself and can be quite frightening! Most of the time, we say it’s like playing the game Frogger. We have to avoid other cars, people, and motorcycles at all times.
As far as TV, some of our neighbors have satellite TV. My family does not have any type of cable/satellite. We do have a TV and one of those Apple TV device thingies. With satellite TV, you can get many American channels. Most are in Spanish but you can get English subtitles. We have chosen, for now, not to spend the money on satellite TV. If we want to watch a movie, we download it on iTunes. Hulu does not stream here. I hear that Netflix does now but does not have a large selection here. Mo watches sports using frontrowsports.com.
Yes, all of the sponsor children live in this community. For those that don’t know what this means, “sponsor children” are the children that attend the private school with which our church partners. In order for many of the students to attend this school, they need to be sponsored because their families cannot afford the tuition. Through an organization called Vision Trust, people living all over the world can sponsor the students here. All gifts and supplies that are sent to these students must go through the Vision Trust organization. However, if you want to know more about your sponsor child or want pictures, just message me. Many people will ask us to set up Skype dates with their sponsor children.
Kristy also asked: “What is your favorite thing about your new home?”
When you say “home”, I think that you are talking about the country that I now live, not the actual block structure. There is so much that I love about my new home. Number 1, my neighbors are amazing with the biggest, most loving hearts that you will ever find! Number 2, it is gorgeous here! The picture above was taken from my back porch. Number 3, they have siesta here from 12:00-2:00! Seriously, U.S., you are missing the ball on this one! This is the time of the day that most of the families return home, eat lunch, and rest before returning back to work/school. LOVE that time of day!!!
Lara asked: “I’d like to know some of your favorite recipes!”
As I mentioned before, I am not much of a cook. Many of the women here have TRIED to teach me how to make Dominican dishes such as Moro con guandules (rice and beans) and chicken. I still can’t do it! I do make one dish that my family and I enjoy. First, you have to have this magic pot (because it rocks)! Fill it will potatoes, carrots, onions, fresh cilantro, a special Dominican spice, chicken, and water. Then cook it for about an hour, stirring occasionally. It’s delish…and so easy!!! I can do easy!
Of course…last, but not least…
Lexie asked: “How does it feel to have an amazing daughter like me?”
Gosh, Lex….there are just no words to describe the joy it is to have such a beautiful, talented, funny young lady as my daughter!