We went to the capital a couple of weeks ago for a Peace Corps Thanksgiving dinner. I actually went a few days before for a TESL class, but Nick didn’t come down for another day because he got the days confused and had scheduled to do a charla (presentation) over cholera to the high school on the same day. I was worried about staying the night without Nick in the capital, but I ended up having a lot of fun with some of the Youth volunteers and other CED volunteers who were in the capital for one year training. We went to a baseball game, which was a lot of fun. Thanksgiving was at a really fancy country club, but it just wasn’t quite like home. BUT we had fun and it was nice to see everyone, visit the capital, and go dancing afterwards. We were also able to Skype with our family, which was really nice. It was a little hard to adjust back to life after the capital, but I guess that’s to be expected. The week we got back we went to the loma (fields) with Ben and Jose (from the cooperative). Ben is a potential buyer for the cooperative who I met the weekend before Thanksgiving when Charlie (the previous volunteer who lived in Peralta) came to visit. Ben is an American who has only been in the DR for a few weeks and is in the process of becoming the CEO of an organic company who mainly buys and exports bananas to Europe and the US. His company is looking to get into coffee, but the cooperative would have to become organically certified first. Ben seems like a really nice guy who knows a lot about coffee and speaks good Spanish. He lives in Azua (about 45 minutes down the mountain) with his Haitian wife and one year old and seems to want to become friends. (He is only a few years older than us we think) It will be nice to have Ben as both a resource and a friend during our time here. Charlie was also helpful during his visit and gave me a lot of material to read over coffee. He also introduced us to several people in the community, including the nun who is originally from Guatamala who seems really nice and helpful. Anyways, the week after Thanksgiving Ben came back to go to the loma (field) and we went with. It was a long trip, but very beautiful. It took several hours, but we went all the way to the top of the mountains. It was so beautiful, tranquil, and COLD! We stopped at several home to meet people and look at the coffee processing procedures. People go and live in the loma during the coffee season and then come back to Peralta or Azua during the off-season. Life is really different in the loma. They have a lot less resources, but the scenery is absolutely lovely! I was glad to finally make it to the loma and learn a little more about coffee. This past week the cooperative had a meeting with CAMRDR (American Chamber of Commerce in the DR) and IAF (Inter-America Foundation) to go over potential funding. I think the meeting was successful, and I talked a bit more with the guy from IAF (he speaks English!). He seems interested in working together and I hope to learn more about the organization through my contact with him. This week I have discovered the Internet on our Kindle as well as the Economist. I think this will be really nice to have during the next two years! In other good news, Lola (our cat) has been killing mice, which have almost disappeared since she has been here!