Women's Basketball Shares Experiences from Abroad



May 21, 2013

Grand Valley State women's basketball junior-to-be Meryl Cripe and sophomore-to-be Jammie Botruff share their experience while studying abroad in a quick post.

Hola Laker fans from yours truly in the Dominican Republic! After three long flights and several bug bites later,Meryl and I officially survived the first week. The city is beautiful and the weather is very hot.

Our first day here we had orientation and learned the routes of the city and also got our really cool cell phones. The following day was spent soaking up the rays at the ocean on Sosua Beach. Before we knew it class had begunMonday morning. We have been learning all about the bones and joints and the importance for athletes to fuel their bodies.

Los Tres Ojo


During our second class is spent listening to historical stories by the one and only Professor Midence about Latin American culture. We have visited many historical monuments, museums, and the capital. We also walked through Christopher Columbus’ first home here and went to an aquarium and Los Tres Ojos. Los Tres Ojos were beautiful underground caves shown in our picture above.

Our host family is wonderful. We have Mama and Papi and our brother Moises. It is hard to get accustomed to here because everyone only speaks Spanish so I have to translate everything for Meryl and even she can’t always comprehend what they are trying to say.

Never take for granted the amount of showers a day you get to take after workouts or the fresh ice cold drinking water after a nice run because you can’t find either of those here. Even though we are having an amazing time here so far we never forget about our crossfit workouts. Hope all of you have a great week and we will be sending another blog soon!

Until next time,




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