Travel Blogs from Las Galeras
Having fled the hospital for a few days, I joined up with US Peace Corps for their Fourth of July celebrations up in Samana. I was instructed by my friend Yvette to approach any white person on the bus and they surely would be heading up for the same party. After many awkward stares and glances, I wandered over to them and it turns out she was right.
Her group of friends ...
... Tina kindly pointed out she could see my scalp now my hair was thinning and I would put suncream on it, great, yet another reminder of middle age!
We had a nice sail away then decided to watch a film and in the cinema area saw water for
elephants which was good but we got to dinner late as it was closing so got the dregs of the buffet. We swapped out our film for a new one but fell asleep watching it. Still ...
... in the
living room not doing much of anything. It just felt so good to be "off
duty" and surrounded by people I love. During a break in the rain, we all
made our way down to the road the led to the beach. Having little dry
clothing left, and feeling a need for a break from socializing, I opted to
hole up in my hotel room when the rain picked up. After a little while,
though, I caved and made my way alone down the road which had ...
... that my roommates weren't coming until the 4th and
I was going to have to sleep on the floor in another room so we could save
money. After a few warm reunions at the beach and dip in the ocean,
however, I came across Zenia who said she had a room for me with Christina,
Erin, and Sabine and I wouldn't have to sleep on the floor. After another
stretch at the beach including a round of touch football that had me ...
... 8217;t fuss much either. Immigration could have been faster, but not a big deal. Customs was a breeze.
We meet our driver, Marcus, outside the gate. He speaks excellent English and offers to stop at a gas station/chicken restaurant (think KFC), for some vittles to hold us over for the 3 hour ride to our chalet. The ride is pleasant and not at all stressful. We’re heading north through rural areas, and over the mountains that divide this ...