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  •  I met the guy who served in my community (15+ / 0-)

    back in the late 70's. We met at the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in the DR. He met his wife here while serving.

     You see, they installed cell towers in my town about 6 years ago. They paved the roads about 4 years ago.
      My situation isn't the rule. Many volunteers don't have luz or agua. Most are living in places that are very hard to reach. My best friend has 24 hour luz and agua, but no phone reception or internet, and you can only reach his site by moto.
      It varies.

     Anyway, while we were talking I explained that I had a video chat with my parents a few days before.
      His mouth just dropped. Then he said, "I never talked to my parents for two years when I was serving."

    ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

    by gjohnsit on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 05:21:15 AM PST

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    •  I went to Santa Domingo (6+ / 0-)

      To use their phones when I went to call parents back then. I lived in area of the Capital, when we got too hot, tired, needed a bed or floor to sleep on in air conditioning, we'd go into SD to a Hotel,  for a weekend, chow down at one of those buffetts,

      I also knew the same guy who married a Dominican associated with the Peace Corps that came in the 70's when Ballaguer was first elected President. By the time I was there, he was reelected, so old they had to almost prop him up, campaign slogan "Ballaguer Bomba"

      I lived on top of a ridge of hills with about five campos, no roads, although at one time the government bulldozed for a road up there, never paved it, so the poor people just squatted on the land on either side of the road, they farmed on the hillside, sometimes, so steep they tied ropes around them  in case of falling.

      WOW I tell you, I love the opportunity to remember these events.  Gracias por la oportunidad

      •  Y los mosquitos puyan (1+ / 0-)
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        Ah, the Sunday brunch.   My favorite was the Jaragua, because they had ceviche.  I could never stand going to the Embajador because it had clowns.  Last thing I need when I'm hot, hungover, and eating a week's food budget at one sitting is clowns.

        We used to say the DR was the American model of a stable democracy:  anybody can run for president, but only one person gets to win.  Balaguer - what a surreal character.

        To be fair, a contact back in the DR says the town I lived in got electrified and paved too a few years back.  

        But back in the early nineties you'd have to go all the way into SD to pick up a letter that might be pretty old already.  And of course there was the yearly decision of which side of the road you'd rather be trapped on for a few weeks come flood season.  It was totally Macondo up there.

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