On our last day of the trip, we explored the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo!
We started out at the Museo del Hombre Dominicano. We learned about the original people group who lived on Hispanola, the Taino. We were surprised to read that the population was almost completely decimated just 20 years after the arrival of Christopher Columbus, and the European diseases he brought with him.
We also saw very unique exhibits about the Dominican Carnival. The costumes were awesome – scary looking somewhat – but awesome. 🙂
Afterwards, the kids got free time to walk around the Zona Colonial, the safest and most historic place of Santo Domingo. The street is filled with shops, restaurants, historical sites, and museums. We loved exploring the city! While the students’ favorite spot was the chocolate store, the teachers loved the Museo del Casas Reales! By Ms. Eckhardt and Mr. Pope’s standards, it was a fabulous museum. 🙂
After lunch, we headed to our Dominican Segway tour. The kids were extremely excited about this! We had a hilarious guide who told us stories about the history of the Dominican Republic. Everyone loved zooming around the city on these trekkes.
Afterwards, we were able to go to the Colonial Gate 4D cinema. While we were hesitant about a 4D theater at first, we quickly fell in love. It was similar to a simulation ride at Disney World. On the first two short films, it felt like we were on a roller coaster! Mrs. Hermosillo could be found giggling throughout the entire “Great Wall of China” ride, while Ms. Powell closed her eyes throughout the “Zombie Attack” ride (probably a smart decision).
However, the real reason that we were there was to watch the award winning short (International Berlin Film Festival 2016) about the Battle of Santo Domingo. It told the details of the battle with the “savage Briton Sir Francis Drake” (their words, not mine). It felt like we were actually back in time watching the battle happen! Ms. Eckhardt wishes she could have a 4D cinema with historical films in her own classroom. 🙂
Later that evening, we got dressed up into our “nice” outfits and headed out to a dinner right next to the water. We enjoyed each other’s company and celebrated a successful trip!
When we got back to the hotel, we had to say goodbye to our good friend from Haiti, Jose. 🙁 He was such a pleasure to have with us on our trip! He is a medical student in Port Au Prince and helped us translate on every step of the journey. Jose speaks Creole, French, English, and Spanish. Impressive! He will surely be missed. See you on the next trip, Jose!
And now, we wake up on Monday morning at 5am to start our day of traveling back to Atlanta! We are traveling through Miami. See you all soon!