If you didn't know already, this is my last week in Dominica. For good!
Seven more days.
Seven more days of no car in unbearable and never ending heat.
Seven more days of bland repetitive dinners, and bug ridden produce.
No more, hopefully, days of walking home from the store, carrying bags of groceries, in the POURING rain like I did yesterday.
Seven more days of the IGA builders "hissing" at me and asking me if they can come home and help me shower off. Oh, what I will say to them on my last day:)
Seven more days of paying $500 US a month just to run our electricity.
Seven more days of having the crabs scratch at our front door.
Seven more days of dodging cows on the road.
Seven more days of pushing that damn stroller up & down the road.... everywhere.
(love what's in the stroller, just not the pushing... in the heat:)
Seven more days of running out of clean drinking water as a real concern.
Seven more days of the pool... every. single. day. I know it sounds luxurious, but it gets very very old.
Seven more days of 15% tax on everything.
Seven more days of having to buy electricity & minutes for my phone at the grocery store.
Seven more days of having bug spray, anti-itch cream, and a sweat rag in my "purse" at all times.
But, this also means...
Seven more days until I have to leave all my good good friends who I've gotten to know, love, and need.
Seven more days until Tate has to say goodbye to the first best friends she's ever had, the only school she's known, and the only teachers she's ever had, whom she completely adores.
I never expected to meet such good hearted, welcoming, and fun friends. I knew coming into this that we'd only be here a short amount of time, so I wasn't worried too much about making "lasting friendhips", but more just cool girls to hang out with. I got both, and I'm so grateful for that.
I think that is the only thing I will miss about this place. I will miss my friends, so so much!
My last trip to Batibou Bay (my favorite beach) with friends....
Goodbye dinner with friends at Pagua Bay... the best night I've had down here!
Clockwise from top left... Megan from Minnesota, Nicole from New York, Sarah from Indiana, Meagan from Long Island, Taylor from Texas, me, Margo from Washington, Katie from Cali, Lauren from Kentucky, Emily from Indiana, and Cassi from Florida.
Sarah + me + Cassi... queens of the pool:)
Megan, Nicole, Margo and sassy Emily:)
Taylor from Texas (a true Texas belle charmer:), and Emily
My first friend at the Fortune Apartments, Meagan from Long Island. A mentor at the school, host of Glee night... and yes, a rapper- as shown in this picture:)
Giving Meagan her "beat" to rap to. Hilarious!
So I may not have "embraced" life down here like I thought I would, here, but I don't feel bad about it one bit. I didn't save any children down here, learn to love walking in the heat, or become a jungle hippie mama... but I do have a greater love for my family, for myself, an appreciation of all that I, we have, in America.... and the immeasurable gift of genuine friendship.
Even though I am definitely poorer, I am still richer. Richer with knowledge, with friendship, with appreciation and with love.
I guess I owe that much to Dominica.