Good morning, everyone!
I would like for everyone to know that I made it back safely to Washington DC! I must admit that I was nervous about being interrogated by the Dominican custom authorities as I exited the country. Nonetheless, I made it through without any hassles and I did not even have to pay the fine for overstaying my visa.
I felt so relieved as I walked towards my assigned gate to await my connecting flight to Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon. As I waited, I walked around and enjoyed the feeling of being a “free man” again; browsing the different stores and enjoying a nice cup of coffee. As the time came for me to board, I returned to find out that my flight had been delayed for 4 hours. Then I was told that I would have to wait and return tomorrow at the same time. I immediately started to worry about my parents who were driving 4 hours from Lynchburg, Va. to meet me. I negotiated another flight that would bring me in early Thursday morning. I phoned my parents to let them know that it would be one more night in the Dominican Republic (they’ve been waiting for this day for a while now). They were content knowing I was given a voucher for hotel, transportation and food.
The following morning I returned to the airport and had to go through the same process with the Dominican authorities. Again, I made it through without any hassle. Coming into the USA via Boston it was cold, snowy and I was thoroughly interrogated about overstaying my visa in the DR. Eventually, I was allowed to pass through. It feels good to be back home, despite the colder weather. I’m excited to see the many friends and family members who supported me through this difficult chapter of my life. I’m grateful to have such wonderful support and readers who’ve followed my story since the beginning.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I look forward to keeping you all informed about life after being trapped in other country. I will miss the Dominican Republic..the tropical beaches, sancocho soup, the many wonderful people, bachata music, motoconchos, and fried fish along the riverside. However, its time to reflect, restore and move forward.