Purchasing my dream as a dolphin trainer, I worked and lived in Dominican Republic for 8 months straight. It was a dream coming true, but it was sometimes really hard. I've lived at 3 different places one with a roommate and a pool, a beautiful tiny beachhouse and an apartment on my own. It was a crazy but hard adventure. I made many memories and new friends but it's time to come home. Here are some of the messages I wrote when I was there:
Janneke Charlotte De Vries 3 February 2016 · Hello everybody a little update from my Dominican Life, today I am already one month here!!! It's super true, times flies when you are having fun . I love love love the island life and I am truly so grateful that I can be up-close to such wonderful and beautiful animals each day, my job is truly amazing and I am super happy to see these faces everyday, to play, connect, train and of course cuddle with them. Let's celebrate, today it's beach day for me, Pictures are coming soon!!! Ps. I already have beautiful wetsuit tan lines.. xxxxx — celebrating life in Punta Cana. Janneke Charlotte De Vries 18 August 2016 · Once upon a time there was a little girl with big dreams. She never gave up on those dreams and never stopped believing. Now that I am a grown-up, I am happy and proud to have done what I was passionate about and that I've done what I love doing most. They have taught, inspired and healed me and they made me laugh every day. I will miss them and I will cherish those moments and memories forever. Lost adventures & new beginnings, farewell my friends and on to the next adventure. <3 <3 <3 Janneke Charlotte De Vries 20 August 2016 · Super excited to tell you guys, I am coming home!!!!! Flight is booked, I arrive the 11 Th of September at Brussels Airport. Super happy to see my loved ones again!! I never expected me to say this, but I have missed the Netherlands, the people, the food, the culture, the seasons... and so much more! I am gonna miss Dominican Republic, especially the Dolphins, the ocean, sun and beautiful nature. But I am ready to come home after 8 months, living in a third world country made me realize how good we actually have it in Europe , say yes to new adventures.. — feeling excited in Punta Cana.