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Day 9

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So, we’re slowly settling into a schedule.  This week has been orientation (how to cut cadavers, how to keep balance, etc) each morning for Jacelyn and various lingering details (currency exchange, hand-washing clothes, hot showers, etc) for me.  The tour of the day was a trip up the Indian River, 5 minutes from our house, to see the lush jungle flora and fauna AND to see where they filmed the swamp scene from Pirates of the Caribbean II.

Our tour leader was a man named James who introduced himself as “James, James Bond.  007.”  He was awesome.  The whole time, all I could think of is, “I can’t wait until people come to visit and we get them in a boat with ol’ James!”  He was really entertaining and knew a LOT about the area.  (at the end of the blog is a link to the photo album of our time here and at the bottom will be the pics and videos from the river tour)

We went on a run just before dusk and, at the end of one road, these two dogs came out, barking and wagging their tails, which I usually interpret to mean “stay away, but we’re pretty benign”.  I guess I didn’t realize how closed-minded I am in regards to dogs and culture.  I naively assumed that dogs are the same everywhere. (such a jerk, I know)  Apparently, on Dom, the tail wag means “stay away and I’m coming for you”, because that’s what they did. (apparently the dog had been speaking with the centipedes)  We slowly started walking away and I turned just in time to see one of them with a completely open mouth, aiming for Jacelyn’s beautiful, toned, golden calf muscle.  That’s when my knife came out and I picked up a big rock and she picked up a stick.  Fortunately, our yelling of “NO” (yes, like they teach in women’s self-defense classes) caused them to stop where they were and leave us alone.  Lesson: Don’t be too hasty to judge ANYONE from another culture and DON’T make assumptions, because that’s just wrong and you MAY end up missing part of your calf or having to knife an animal.

So, here are a couple of pics which highlight our river trip…

The trees have amazing root systems:


The dark blob in the center is a termite nest…

Forcefully and repeatedly tried to sell me hut insurance at affordable rates…

Click HERE to see where they built the hut for Calypso to live in for the swamp scene in Pirates II and ALL the other pics/vids from the day.

Well, that’s it for Wednesday!  As always, thanks for keeping track of us!

On to the next thing…

About Nic

We are The Davidsons. While Jacelyn was attending med school on the Caribbean island of Dominica, we adopted three siblings (2 boys, 1 Girl). We will be living in St. Cloud, MN, for the next three years whilst Jacelyn completes her medical residency! Nic will be writing and doing his best to come speak wherever you are.

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