Tiny fishes and revolutionary sisters

 The longer I spend in this country the more I’m fascinated by its people and culture. This past week we got to go to a museum dedicated to the Dominican Republic’s Mirabal sisters. They were a group of revolutionary young women who were martyred in their quest to bring independence to the country they loved during the time of a fascist dictator, Trujillo. [True-he-yo] They were nicknamed Las Mariposas (butterflies) as they were 3 beautiful young women. Minerva studied law at school and wasn’t allowed to receive her degree because she opposed Trujillo. There is a movie that was made a few years ago dedicated to the story of the Mirabal sisters called “In The Time of the Butterflies”, it’s a good movie and worth watching if you’re interested. Here are some pictures from the museum:
The Mirabal sisters statues.

The Mirabal sisters statues.

A picture of the sisters

A picture of the sisters

 

The Mirabal Sisters' house from the garden

The Mirabal Sisters' house from the garden

The Sister's graves and a fountain

The Sisters' graves and a fountain

A Burger King cup

A Burger King cup

What a better way to finish off a trip to the museum than with a trip to none other than an American embassy in disguise? Yay BK!

At the end of this week we were able to travel to Bonao Lake. For those of you from Vegas, it’s like a little Lake Mead. It’s a man made lake that was very refreshing after a hot day. We spent the night there camping out on a baseball field at some friends of Escuela Caribe’s house. It was amazing how giving and hospitable these people were even though they had very little. They welcomed us with open arms and we spent some time helping them finish to build their house. It was the first time I’ve seen Dominicans playing baseball as well and while they weren’t anywhere near Pedro Martinez quality, it was still fun to watch them enjoy the sport. We also got to enjoy some DR sport fishing which was an interesting experience. Their idea of a fishing pole is some line wrapped around an old shampoo bottle or in one of the girls’ cases, an old stick of roll on deodorant that had hair on it. It was pretty funny. We caught only tiny fish off the dock but it was a good time. We came back the next day and it’s been nice to have some time off! Here’s some pictures:

A DR fishing pole

  

Jess with her big catch of the day

Jess with her big catch of the day

Bonao Lake

Bonao Lake

Worms

Worms

YAY! Lake Bonao

YAY! Lake Bonao

Meredith doing a backflip

Meredith doing a backflip

These are Jessica's nieces with their signature moves

These are Jessica's nieces with their signature moves

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2 thoughts on “Tiny fishes and revolutionary sisters

  1. Hey rach,

    I had to read in the time of the butterflies in college. you may have inspired me to pick it up again. i miss you – you should come back to vegas now.

    thanks,
    schnitz

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