Today is a beautiful day. I got up at 7am today, which is very unusual for me.
Next week is the election for the congress here. I will be so glad when it is over. The rallies and traffic jams and the LOUD (!!!!) music goes along with it is starting to get on my nerves a bit. Though, I must admit, there has been very little violence. I have been asking everyone if they are going to vote, and it is interesting to hear people´s opinions.
There is a very strong rumor going around that an American is opening some kind of bar/club here. I have not been able to pin the rumors down, but I figure if I mention it here someone might know something and pass it on.
Byron, from Casa New Yorker, has entered the blog realm. He will be musing on his journey through what we affectionately call the Drama Republic. Please check out his blog here.
Another reason to be careful about what I write in the blog. Several local Dominicans have mentioned to me that they read the blog and it helps them with their English.
Those who know me know that Boca Chica is not a place I like to go to. But yesterday, I went with some friends and it was quiet and tranquil, though there are still too many people trying to sell you something. I had a great time.
The Parque Independenica has a photo exhibit about the Dominican Revolution of 1965. In April of that year, 42,000 American troops invaded the Dominican Republic to ¨restore order.¨This was following months of civil unrest and protests. The country seemed to be on the verge of a civil war. 1965 was not the first time that Americans occupied the DR. They were also here from 1926 - 1924, and trained a brutal national guard, from which the dictator Trujillo would rise and run the country with an iron-hand for more than 30 years. Anyway, the exhibit is truly great. It has many pictures of exactly what was going on during that time.