7:20 Am rolled around and off to the bakery we went (duh), buying doughnuts and croissants galore. Don’t forget the various fruit juice flavors! Sitting together, just like most mornings, we enjoyed breakfast before the last day of teaching. We return back to the hotel and with our fearless leader, we set off for the National Escuela, after picking up Hector (Abuelo) of course! We knew this was a day full of many lasts and even more goodbyes.
After teaching our lessons a total of 27 times (per group) the last time just feels different. It’s hard seeing beautiful faces each day knowing that you will have met them and said goodbye in such a short time.
After teaching all morning it was time to say goodbye to all the kids, as well as the school’s staff and principle, after a few obligatory selfies with the students of course! The school, as a whole, was very nice and very well organized.
We then continued our day by going back to do a quick wardrobe change, then headed to lunch. Sitting right on the water, our big family enjoyed our last lunch together. Leading fearlessly for one of the last times, Mr. Mark took us to the Alcázar De Colón (Columbus Palace Museum). Seeing so many artifacts and where someone from so long ago lived was amazing. We walked all throughout the house, which is the museum, and took so many pictures!
What’s next? Shopping! Having a few minutes to spare before needing to return the van, we set off to make last minute purchases. We walked the unique streets of El Conde going shop to shop to see what we wanted. Then we had to go return our trusty steed, the van, by 5 o’clock. Yes, we were late. I blame the ice cream that we all decided we needed. After returning the van we had some free time to relax and get ready for our last dinner where 21 people would gather for one final time (that was dramatic). A dinner for champions of course! We all feasted on pastas and bread, as well as various meats. Deliciously satisfied, we all sat around and talked for what seemed like seven hours. But, as the night came to a close, those seven hours turned into five minutes and the goodbyes came too quickly. Hector gave us all bracelets to remember him and to remember our time here, and WE WILL!
This trip was an opportunity. It was an opportunity to learn and to grow and to meet the best people you’ll ever know in life. We’re thankful, and I’m more than positive I’m safe speaking on everyone’s behalf.
Dominican Republic, thank you, and that’s a wrap!
Brittany Rude, Towson Student