Monday, March 8, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Today Hna. Johnson and I had our first real P-day in 7 months. Since we didn’t have to go to Azua we were able to clean the house, go shopping, relax and go see some of the sights of Santo Domingo. The first place we went to is called the National Park of “Los Tres Ojos” (The Three Eyes). We’ve heard a lot about it and it is right here in Santo Domingo so it was easy to get to. The “Tree Eyes” are three holes in the limestone that exposes three large pools of water connected by caves with stalactites and stalagmites. The pools are fed by a subterranean river and they are a beautiful turquoise blue. Down in the holes the jungle is magnificent as it grows up to the sun.

Inside the caves it was very cool. It was very pleasant, we enjoyed it a lot. The weather outside was cool too. Today was overcast again. There hasn’t been a brake in the clouds for 4 straight days in Santo Domingo. The clouds look like they want to rain but there still hasn’t been any significant rain in months. Because of the cloud cover today was a perfect day for an outing. We really enjoyed ourselves.

Our next stop was right next door to “Los Tres Ojos” at the “Faro a Colon” (Monument/Museum to Christopher Columbus). To say it is a monument is an understatement. The complex, with its huge concrete building in the shape of a cross, including the park are so large they can be seen from space. The museum inside wasn’t dedicated very much to Columbus but to the various nations that donated to the building of the monument. We weren’t very impressed and unfortunately the whole facility has slipped into disrepair. (Termites were in the process of destroying some of the display cases!) But nonetheless it was a fun outing. We enjoyed the cool day and the opportunity to see new sights of the capital.

At the end of the day both Hna. Johnson and I felt a little disoriented! It was very strange to not be in Azua spending the night and preparing for a Sunday full of travel and services in Neyba and DuvergĂ©. It was surreal. But I’m sure once we get introduced to our new branch here in the capital and start serving there we won’t feel so strangely on Saturday night anymore.

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