07 March 2009

Leaving Luperon

Saturday, March 7, 2009

It's been raining in Luperon. Raining and pouring every day since we've been here. The town is the same as it was when we were here for 5 months in 2007, but instead of wearing shorts and t-shirts and sweating all the time, we're both wearing jeans, long-sleeve shirts and foul weather jackets. In Luperon!

Some things are different: new restaurants, closed restaurants, bigger kids, new babies, new comandante (rumored to be less corrupt), different growing season so there is different fruits and veggies; and some things are the same: same loud stinky motoconchos, same produce stands, same rotisserie chicken shack, same dirty harbor water, karaoke at Puerto Blanco Marina, familiar faces in the harbor and in town, and same slow to non-existent internet service.

It's great to be back here; the town is poor, shockingly so after being away for over a year, but the mood is relaxed, "tranquilo", everyone is so friendly, kids playing baseball in the streets, stray dogs and cats, roaming cows and goats, in general a great, easy-going small town feel.

*No pictures b/c the connection is so slow.*
We leave tomorrow for the Bahamas, well-stocked with the rotisserie chicken, fresh juice, and lots of produce.