Coco Cabanas Beach Club
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
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Our day started out with a trip to the zona franca, or Free Zone in the city of La Vega. This is essentially a place where foreign (usually American) companies are allowed to set up factories and hire Dominican workers with little to no tax. The conditions are that the companies must agree that the products produced by the factories must be exported, and cannot be sold within the Dominican Republic. This is to ensure that the economy is not altered in any negative way ...
Our first full day in the Dominican is complete! Already so much has been seen, heard, and learned, and much more is yet to be processed. Our morning began with a walk to the nearest "barrio", which literally translates as “neighborhood.” In the Dominican, however, barrios refer specifically to those areas which contain the poorest of families. As we sauntered toward the barrio, Maria Auxilliadora, we were informed of the condition of the local education system. Currently, ...
Updates: I made it four days in a row without anyone taking my tools away. Spiny orb weavers are tiny (and therefore, they are our friends). And there is a Dominican version of a tick...let that sink in for a second. Gaaaaa!!! There we were, minding our own business enjoying lunch when Christina spotted it in Jackie's ear. We had proper surgical tools to remove it, and after hasty inspections, it appears the rest of us are clean. ...
... deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out. The work of the world is common as mud. Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. Greek amphoras for wine or oil, Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums but you know they were made to be used. The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is ...
... milk that tastes as sweet at condensed milk! We had the latter as the only option for cereal in the campo.
Then, we took inventory of our supplies for next years trip.
After a lunch of meat very similar to tapas, rice and watermelon, we left for Carnival!
We rode in a Ford Windstar minivan just like in the states!
We arrived in La Vega, the city famous for Carnival in the DR.
As we entered Carnival, it looked and felt like a mix between the ...