Sunday, February 27, 2011

Independence Day, Dominican Republic Style

Rebecca Trego and Edee with proud DR soldiers

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic---One of the first things we found out was that Carnival was going to be going on during the weekend. Finally, after missed timing on so many things, we were excited to find out this was going on during our stay. But someone got it wrong. A few years ago they separated Carnival from their Independence Day so the seriousness of the national holiday would not be mixed with the party.   Carnival is NEXT weekend.

Another ironic twist happened. My cousin who I visited in South Africa in October, has a daughter working on a project in the DR and is still here! My cousin's kid: Rebecca. She's amazing 29 year old who is based in Washington, DC with a non-profit. Her work here is with the Haitian children abandoned from the earthquake and ended up in the DR. I had to wait to see her for two days because she needed to travel to Haiti for some work. But on Sunday, I took the bus with Becky (our past crew who came to the DR for a visit) to Santa Domingo where she lives.  This, as it turned out, was the day of the Independence Day Parade. A military parade. And yes, they do have a military. LOTS of men in uniform.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

What's with the black and yellow face paint?