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... with an elevation of 2,600 feet just inland from the city, is Puerto Plata’s main attraction. I had a great clear morning for it, apparently unusual since the peak is often shrouded in mist. There’s a small botanical garden and a mini version of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue on top, as well as great views of Puerto Plata, the north coast and the Cordillera Septentrional mountain range. They claim it’s the only "teleferico" cable car ride anywhere in the ...
... br> the Jewish refugees who settled there.
Trujillo’s willingness to take in Jewish refugees shouldn’t
suggest he was some kind of benevolent despot or humanitarian. He was
apparently very racist and hoped European immigrants would helped whiten his
country, and his invitation came within years of his 1937 ordering a genocide of
Haitians in the border region, a brutal affair known as the Parsley ...
... and tired for most of the day, rightfully so. It is the longest day of the year, after all.
Before dinner, I asked Otto to take us all on a walk along the beach. We are staying in Islabon, the same town where we will be serving in the day school. The poverty is apparent and we are really learning the non commercialized culture of the DR.
In Cabarete the ...
... to avoid bad luck. I immediately regretted the sentence as soon as I said it. The world of American social services trained me well not to throw what I have in the faces of those who have less. But instead of hanging there heads in shame, Ricardo and Marcus had me list all of the 13 the countries. After I named each one, they chanted either "poor" or "rich". At the end they asked, "so which is the poorest country you have been to? Definitely this one, right?" I had to think ...
... gifts for free which was awesome. Definitely worth the 15 minutes of attention they asked from us. We were too timid to leave the resort, minus the excursions we signed up for. We went on boat ride out to Paradise island and snorkelled with the Monkey fish, a very fond memory!! (IF you don't have an underwater camera, spend the $5 to buy one, wish I had!!). This also included a stop at a Vigar factory which was interesting. We also ...