The last time I lived in the Dominican Republic for an extended period of time I was ten years old.
Now as a 21-year-old woman, I am spending my summer on the island doing a three-month long internship. My experience so far has not been that of a common vacationer. I have immersed myself in my country and its culture and I could not be happier.
When I say I have immersed myself in my country and its culture, I mean that having lived in the United States for the past 11 years I have lost touch with some of my roots. I have forgotten what it means to live a day to day life in the Dominican Republic and have taken for granted a lot of the things given to me.
My people and my family live a simple life. A life filled with richness made out of happiness. This may seem a bit fictional and unbelievable but what I mean by this is that I have never encountered a group of people who are as happy as my fellow Dominicans. A lot of people view Dominicans as drinkers and partiers but the world needs to realize that we are more than that.
This past June I was a foreigner in my own country. I did not know how to take public transportation or how to even ask for directions without making a fool of myself. After realizing that I needed to take a step back and relearn some of my own customs I can now proudly say that I feel more in touch with my culture than ever before.
have learned what it means to live in the campo (country side) and enjoy the blissfulness
of being awaken by the call of a rooster. I have gotten the chance to
experience public transportation and have learned that more than 5 people can definitely
fit in one car. I have learned that my people are revolutionary and that we are
hungry for change. I have learned to feel proud and most importantly grateful
to be Dominican. #Dominican @depurasepa