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  1. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Thank you so much for thinking of the girls and donating again! I will get the money to them this weekend and do a check in, then post an update. There were a few ups and downs for the girls over the past few months so I'm hoping the latest update comes with some more ups! :(
  2. TravelHippo

    2022 Hurricane Season

    I'm in Cabrera, close to him. No power in our area since early this morning. Was pretty wild here between 3pm to 5pm but just heavy rain now. Hopefully he is okay! I know of a few families around town who lost their roofs, lots of trees down, doesn't seem to be much flooding in town yet but I...
  3. TravelHippo

    2022 Hurricane Season

    Pretty windy and wild in Cabrera now!! Can't see past my own property but so far I just have a lot of branches down everywhere.. nothing too bad... just a big mess (glad we canceled school tomorrow, as well as today). Think we are about to get the worst of it in the next hour or so as it passes...
  4. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Thank you so much!! I will get that to them this weekend. I am sure that will mean so much!!
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    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Thank you for checking in and reminding me to come back here to update!! All 3 girls are doing really well. They are mainly staying with their grandmother in Rio San Juan now and continue to have weekly check ins from my friend (who they were staying with after the death of their mom), who also...
  6. TravelHippo

    Mutual Member Help: COVID VACC ASAP!

    In Cabrera you could definitely get the vaccine with passport only when I went to get mine last week (or two weeks ago? Whenever that was). I have a cedula, but some of my teaching staff do not. Also, I went at first early in the morning and it was jam packed so I left. Returned at 3:30pm on...
  7. TravelHippo

    Is it just me or are you nervous about taking the chinese vaccine

    As a teacher / school director I received my first dose this week. No bad reactions. Was not nervous.
  8. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Photos of Grandma's house, where the girls are currently staying. Also, I believe I was wrong in my post above. I don't think this is the same house they were in before with their mother.. just the same neighborhood and same sort of awful housing situation.
  9. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Also, so sorry for the late response and not seeing your earlier messages!! I will try to do better with checking in and posting updates!
  10. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Hi! I just wanted to post an update on the girls! Firstly, they are all doing really well overall, which is the most important thing. After a while of staying exclusively with my friend, MC, who originally took them in after all this happened, their maternal grandmother began asking to have...
  11. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Wonderful wonderful!! Thank you so much for your kindness and getting us to the goal.. and to you PlayaCaribe especially for really getting the motivation moving. That means a lot. I will definitely keep the GoFundMe open and keep everyone updated on the girls. Currently I am definitely most...
  12. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful support so far! It was truly so nice to come back on here tonight and check back on this thread to see your lovely support for these three beautiful girls. I agree with what was mentioned above that keeping the GoFundMe open would be a great way to keep...
  13. TravelHippo

    Help for 3 girls left as orphans after father killed their mother :(

    Hi! I am not sure if the news story was posted here but a few days before Christmas, in the town of Rio San Juan, on the North Coast, a lady was stabbed and murdered by her ex-husband and father of her 3 daughters (news story...
  14. TravelHippo

    Coronavirus - In the DR

    Yes I agree.. this is what I predict will happen. I think it would be crazy to close borders again right away so that I agree will stay open but restrictions hopefully back on other things soon, especially big crowds in indoor spaces! Silliness!
  15. TravelHippo

    Coronavirus - In the DR

    Yes, sorry, not everything everything... I am aware schools are closed.. I am the director of one as I mentioned in my post. My concern with schools is that here in the DR (unlike Sweden and Denmark), most students (at least at my school) either live with their elderly grandparents or spend a...
  16. TravelHippo

    Coronavirus - In the DR

    I said I disagreed with everything suddenly opening up all at once on July 1st instead of sticking with phases or additional rules. I did not suggest keeping everything closed down. In fact, I think opening the businesses is probably the best overall choice for the country, balancing risk of the...
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    Coronavirus - In the DR

    Yes, I think everything happening right now has to do with the presidential election tomorrow, mainly the ridiculous (in my opinion) decision to open eveeeerything this week, scraping the plan to gradually open things up little by little, or maintain any rules about social distancing whatsoever.
  18. TravelHippo

    Coronavirus - In the DR

    Today's tests came with a 32% positivity rate. I don't think we can blame more testing in this case.
  19. TravelHippo

    When will DR open for International travel??????

    Yes, La Entrada guard reluctantly lets me park car there by the cemetery to cycle but at first was nervous it would look to others like he had let someone use the beach, but I convinced him it was okay! Diamante guard - I managed to talk my way into letting my girls have a 20 minute swim (no...
  20. TravelHippo

    When will DR open for International travel??????

    Beaches were still closed with police officers on duty to send people away, when I went cycling along the beach road at La Entrada today. So far no different than any other day but I go every morning so I'll update if one day the police are gone and people are swimming!!