Poor planning on my part left us with an almost-dead camera battery, so our photolog lacks a great many experiences including a wonderful dinner with many local Baha'ís, junior youth group, a 4-hour cupcake making extravaganza with a lovely local baker, RUHI study circle, and general merriment. Here's what I did manage:
|Day one saw us participating in a wee English class at the Maguana English Center.|
|We drew our favorite animal and talked about pets we had. Chicken was a popular one. |
We understood later (see Zora's photo below).
|Teacher Rouhanieh prepping the next activity. |
Josh was able to substitute teach twice during that week. Always good to be back in the classroom.
|View from atop the English Center. San Juan, you are beautiful.|
|The fam. And one of the only shots of my ever-active Max who I never seem to catch with my camera. |
We forced him to sit for this one under threat of no ice cream.
|We ambled about town.|
|Checked out the local stadium.|
|Yeah. That's a white castle (No John, not the fast food joint, but an actual castle) in the background there.|
|Wandered by this gem of a house/clinic.|
|We visited this neighborhood just outside town several times. Sun sets as a girl runs back home with her treats from the colmado.|
|Camera was slyly just above my purse as I walked by and snapped this shot of a cock fight. |
In the middle of the street. Men yelling and circling as the crowd grew.
|We sat outside a local Baha'is' home, watching neighbor girls play marble games and invent new dance moves.|
|Zora jokes with a local Baha'í youth as we wait for a devotional gathering to start.|
|He shared some just-picked-cherries from the tree behind them.|
Fat eggplants were growing here as well, in stark contrast to the quarter size one that's been in our garden for the last month.
|That thing in her hand is real. It had two friends. And they lived in the house we stayed in. Pets.|
I lived in fear of squashing one the whole week. They had names, after all.
Zora, however, was thrilled to have something to love & squeeze while she was away from Danger.
|Rouhanieh, me (too much Persian tea?), Zora and Nasim say goodbye on our last day. The doll, who sings about giving kids shots, was a gift from the girls. I have the lyrics memorized.|
|Zora did her hair as part of the long bus ride back home (7 hours travel time) with a clip she made in San Juan.|