After our meeting, Sophia and I were loaded up in a van with several other of the previous CIEE professors who were returning to teach again. We chugged our way up to Camp David Ranch, a hotel and restaurant situated near the peak of a closeby mountain. It was the perfect chance to get to know some of the other teachers and ask questions about all those little teacher-y things that a first-timer needs to know...like which building to go to for the best free coffee on campus, and what cultural differences to expect from Dominican students, and which concho to use to get you closest to the PUCMM. Never have I felt so immediately welcomed and accepted before, and it was so heartwarming after my relatively solitary state this last week.
Glasses of wine and tempting appetizers were passed around the table as the sun sank lower in the sky. The views were spectacular (photos really in no way do them justice). The food was divine and the company was excellent. I'm pretty sure I could have sat there all night with the warm breeze and the twinkling lights of Santiago glittering in the background. (Sigh) If you are trying to make me fall in love with you Santiago, you are off to a good start.