Day 2 was an extremely full day. It started off leisurely enough with a buffet breakfast in the dining area downstairs. Delicious food, cold juices, and sitting with new people and getting to know them. Lots of time to pack for the day as we had many diverse activities planned.
It started with church. We arrived during Sunday School and we treated with the group of about 40 children singing. One of the little boys (about age 9 or 10) played the drums for the singing. He was absolutely amazing — natural talent.
The church service was wonderful— lots of singing and enthusiasm, our translator was excellent, and the pastor and the congregation made us feel really welcome. Three girls danced to a hymn and did a beautiful job. Even though we couldn’t understand all the words, you really caught the feeling of praise and love.
After church, we drove to the beach and changed into our suits and tested the water while our meal was being prepared. It was a fairly long wait as we’re a large group — about 35 counting the translators. We didn’t have a lot of time to swim but it was so nice and cool at the Caribbean coast and it was a great break in what turned out to be a very long day. Here are some photos of the beach:
From the beach, we headed to Three Eyes National Park. The 3 eyes are underground lakes. We had to go down 95 stairs to get to the first level where we could see the first lake. Then down more stairs to get to it. It was very beautiful and I’m really glad we went there. We saw all three underground lakes; I took lots of pictures and hope you will enjoy them.
From the park, we went to the colonial city of Santo Domingo where Christopher Columbus first landed and where his son built a fort and a home to live in. There are some really interesting buildings in the area and it is a great place for shopping and restaurants. We had pizza on the rooftop of a restaurant there before returning to the hotel.
Back at the hotel, we all gathered in the meeting room with the suitcases full of things we brought for the Compassion centres we’ll be visiting and sorted them and repackaged them. I hope to share a picture of that with you tomorrow. Cheers until then.