Hotel Conde de Penalba
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We have officially made it to the DR! We found our rooms! Are a yummy dinner, and are preparing for tomorrow! Our drive from the airport was dark, but the road paralleled the water. I can't wait to see it in the light! We have wifi in the hotel (still can't believe this is such a nice hotel!) I am being spoiled this trip! First day at the hospital tomorrow! Meeting everyone and getting a lay of the land! Can't wait to get started! Good night everyone! Traveling done for now... ...
... font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">We met a girl from Texas, who is now living in Philly, Her name is Alix. And a guy from Estonia who was in DR for a month up north Kite Surfing. His name is Tarvo. And another guy from Chile (I think.. maybe it was Argentina) who I would find out later was an excellent dancer! His name was Daniel. There were also 2 people from Germany (I forget their names :-/) and another girl from Argentina named Maria.
... less eventful than last year's ride.
4:15pm: Once we arrive in Santiago, we stop off for supper at a local pizza hut. Pepperoni (and cheese) pizza and grape fanta with real sugar definitely hit the spot after a long day of travel.
5:30pm: The buses roll in to Hotel Platino, the home-away-from-home for a few of the girls. The rest of the group heads on over to Denny's house, where they will be bunking.
... practice because of the boys. I cried, but then we talked about all the possibilities for that not to happen.
The girls wanted another place to play where no one could bother them so they could focus even more. There was no other land in Guasumita to practice...so it was the cacao factory across the street to the rescue! We were told if we wrote a letter they could bring some tractor/machine to clean land (because they had so much ...
... only covered about 1 mile each way, but most of it is spent swimming/trudging through water/rocks, or being thrown up the rapids by the guides. The way back down is even better, because you're either jumping or sliding down the rapids. Honestly it was like nature's watermark. The whole time I kept thinking how something like this would NEVER fly in the US due to the extreme liability the company would face. ...