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2011 December

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Our Christmas Wish

From our home across the waves we say Felices Navidad
May this Christmas Day be the best of all you’ve ever had.

Though we’re miles and miles away,
We think of you all this special day.
Our friends we miss this time of year,
And our familes who we hold so dear.
So this poem brings our Christmas wishes:
Enjoy the day, and hang the dishes.

While you’re eating turkey with every trimming
On Christmas Day, I’m going swimming;
White sand, not snow, between my toes
Ice in my drink, not on my nose.

From our home across the waves we say Felices Navidad
Christmas day in the sun isn’t all that bad.

(Inspired by my God-daughter. Happy Christmas, Beth)

Christmas in the Domincan Republic Republic (¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!)

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A few words on how Christmas here is different to back home, and on our plans for a very different Christmas.  Plus a few drawings by the children to remind us what Christmas is really all about.

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A school trip

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A few weeks ago, we visited another “colegio” (private school) to have a look at their facilities and for an intra-school (friendly) basketball game.

The trip was optional but our school would be closed for the day so if you weren’t going on the trip you had a day off school.  Guess what – most of the children chose the “day off school” option!  So the trip comprised the two basketball teams, the two cheerleading teams, their friends and groupies and the teachers who had been conscripted (all of us who don’t have afternoon or evening jobs).

The first rather surprising aspect of the trip was the start time. [Read more…]