Day 1: Hello Santo Domingo!

Hello Boca Chica

We just landed. It’s beautiful, sunny, and hot! This is quite the contrast to the rainy 45 degree weather we left behind in CLE. As we arrived at the baggage claim, we were warmly greeted by Marta, a Caminante employee, who guided us through customs. Even though we are a large group, maneuvering through the airport was a breeze. As we left customs and exited the secure area in the airport, we were surrounded by a large crowd of people waiting for family and friends.  Sr. Denisse quickly emerged through the crowd and welcomed us all with warm hugs.  Our hotel in Boca Chica, “Hotel Zapata”, was just a 20 minute ride from the airport and it brought us directly to the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Within 15 minutes of settling in our rooms, we all took our first dip into the hotel “pool”.  The first 2 hours in the DR have already surpassed my expectations. We are having dinner with Caminante at Sonny’s restaurant tonight (a former graduate from the Caminante program). We are excited to meet the rest of the staff and get to know our new Dominican friends. If our first day is any indication of what’s to come, then this journey is going to be even more amazing than we anticipated.  I can’t wait for tomorrow…  -Cristina

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