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Yesterday was my last day of teaching. Next week will be final exams, which is more of a supervisory position. I definitely thought I was on the brink of passing out from heat stroke as I stood baking in the sauna of the classroom. When one of my students called “blan” to get my attention, I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised as I was the only one dripping sweat in the classroom. It makes a person stand out. (I wasn’t the only one fanning myself with a book, however.) Now I’m trying to figure out how I can get class pictures next week without completely interrupting exams…selfish, I know.

Jon and Valentin departed for Santo Domingo yesterday, on an excursion to get the truck fixed and pick up some items to bring back. Since the border is supposedly flooded, Valentin’s plan was to somehow get the truck into a freight truck’s container to get it across the border. I don’t know what went down, exactly, but the fact that they left the house at 10:45 in the morning and arrived in Santo Domingo around 11:30 pm makes me think the border turned out to be a trickier situation than expected. (Travel time usually ranges around 5-7 hours.)

After school yesterday, Liz, Regina, and I went to Haitian Christian Mission for a bible study the gang has been participating in for a few weeks. I met some very nice people. We stayed overnight and it was heavenly. Air conditioning in the room? Ki saaaaaa?!! It was hard to leave that and walk into the sweltering outdoors. Seriously though…it’s incredibly hot here! There’s no “glistening” on this girl. It’s serious business!

We’re back at the house now and I’m enjoying a nice breeze. Could this be because there are no windows or screens upstairs? I’m thinking quite possibly, yes. But I’ll take what I can get. I’m typing the other teacher’s English exam and the Spanish exam. The latter is tiring because I don’t know what all I’m typing and continually have to check and correct myself. Three years of Spanish in high school forgotten (mostly.) It’s very exciting business, but I’m sure you figured that out. I’ve been sitting for way too long, though, and need to get up and move.

By the way (or “btw” or “beeteedubs” in the world of abbrevs I refuse to participate in): Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” is a pretty funny read. I did have “laugh out loud” (lol) moments. A few laughing tears were shed. “Comedic englightenment,” I would call it.

Off to “manje.” And melt.

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