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Puerto Plata is the main city on the D.R.'s north coast and was named by Christopher Columbus when he explored the area in 1493. The harbor is guarded by Fortaleza San Felipe, one of the oldest forts in the New World. Some parts of the town are a little ramshackle but in other areas Victorian houses have been nicely renovated so the center part of town including the Parque Central and cathedral are pleasant to stroll through.
I decided to spend the night at Villa Carolina, a hotel ...
... 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 ...