A Puppy is For Life……

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We made it! Term has ended; we survived to the end of the academic year. There were many days and weeks along the way when we thought we wouldn’t and only sheer bloody-mindedness has kept us here at times. Looking back, we continually ask ourselves if we were right to stay and the answer is surprisingly yes. It was absolutely the right thing to stay in the Dominican Republic and on balance it was the right thing to stay at the school. If we hadn’t had the children it would have been a different story with a different ending. But by Christmas the children had settled at school, they had made friends and they had started to learn Spanish. These were our three goals for them and our needs and goals were very much incidental to theirs. [Read more…]

Strange but true….

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As we are starting to make friends with the locals, we are finding out more about how the country works. Life is almost suspended here at the moment as the presidential elections loom (Election Day is 20th May). As the election approaches, more “one-issue” candidates or candidates without a big war chest start to throw their hats in the ring but essentially it is a two horse race. The two principal candidates are: [Read more…]

Only Fools and Horses

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Someone brought a horse to school today. Not a wooden horse or a toy horse but a real horse, a chestnut mare, about 12 hands I would guess. Someone else brought a chicken and tied it to a tree by one of its legs. Two 13-year olds brought machetes. It was a sort of show and tell day! [Read more…]