(I got cut off of my last blog post…so here is the rest!)
Today we went to a B-E-A-UTIFUL beach-Sosua- about two and a half hours away from the ILAC Center in Santiago. We were supposed to film again, but found out that today was a national holiday here in the DR, so we had a slight change of plans in order to accomodate for the city’s festivities. People here take their holidays seriously, so instead of filming, we let the city celebrate:P Anyways, the beach was breathtaking, the sun was shining, the company was wonderful. After a crazzzzy banana boat ride, a scrumptious fish fry lunch, and a little bit of bartering, we headed back to the Mission to look over our footage from yesterday.
We talked a lot about the things we did well, but also about what we can work on for tomorrow. This is definitely a learning process for all of us in many ways, especially considering we are the first group of Creighton students and faculty to participate in this program. But this makes it SO fun because we are all actively involved in figuring out what works, what doesn’t, and just going for it. The experiences I have had and the people I have met thus far are incredible, and I cannot wait for what is to come.
O YES! The reason for this blog post title: Yesterday when we were all driving to Cien Fuegos for the 2nd time in the afternoon, we were just sitting on the bus trying to muster up the energy to shoot the footage we needed to get and interview the community members we had lined up for the day. We were all nearly asleep when the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feelin” came on the Latino radio station! We all just burst out into song and dance…it was GREAT. AND we got ‘er all on film. It just made me really happy. It is SO fun to see our small group of faculty/students/journalists/photographers/filmmakers/etc. continue to build a strong community based on the many things we have in common that you would not necessarily expect at first. We really do have a great group of dedicated individuals who know how to work hard, play hard, and just enjoy the journey in the process.
I gotta feelin’ that not only is tonight going to be a good night, but that the rest of these nights and days are going to be pretty darn good too.