Surfin´the D.R.

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Nov 07, 2007

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The Windsurf Resort At Cabarete Beach

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Monday, April 3, 2006

So some might think that Peace Corps life is all work and no play, but when my freind Karla from San Diego came to visit, I knew that it was time for a much needed vacation.

I picked up Karla in the Santiago airport which was slightly chaotic...first, her plane was supposed to arrive at 3 in the afternoon, but did not arrive until 11 that night. In addition, the hostel which usually houses PC volunteers was closed, since its owners were on vacation, and I had no idea where we were going to stay. Luckily, I took advantage of the fact that there are volunteers in Santiago and they invited me to hang with them and found us a place to stay for the night. We went to the ĻAnd1: street basket ball tournament which set an american team against a dominican team.

The next day we did some exploring around Santiago, and then back to my site in Pimentel. The very next day, we ventured to Jarabacoa, a hidden paradise of waterfalls and natural beauty. It took us some time to get there, including a few moments where we thought we might be lost or taken in the forest to be murdered, but alas, none of this occured and we ended up having a great time. During our excursion, we met two zany, hypermasculine, but very friendly Dominicans named Jose and Frances who ended up being our guides and also helped us ensure that we would not fall off the side of the mountain, to which we were very grateful!

After Jarabacoa we decided to take it easy back in Pimentel where Karla was embraced by my friends and neighbors and they took Karla in as one of their own: We hung out with Ana and her family and tought her how to play dominoes and dance the bachata: two must -haves for any visitor to the DR!

The next day we were off to Cabarete. We stayed at the beautiful Windsurf resort for about 75 dollars a night American. It was gorgeous and the staff was extremely friendly ( A friend of mine, another PCV named Juan, joined up with us to hang out for the few days we were there. We spent most of our time hanging out by the pool and beach, but it was very relaxing.

Two days I went to the surf beach, Playa Encuentro, to attempt to catch some waves. I had little luck as the ocean tossed me around like a rag doll. The waves were icky due to the wind both days, but the ocean bottom was coral reef, which tore up my feet even though I wore special shoes. The atlantic current was so strong it kept dragging me down the beach and I found myself paddling out more than actualy surfing. After I was sunburnt, muscles aching, I decided that the ocean had one and had to call it quits. I managed to catch about five waves total, being mostly just whitewash. Oh well, it wasnīt a total loss...I developed a crush on a handsome DOminican surfer named Christian who gave me a ride on his motoconcho back to Cabarete (while I wore my helmet, of course!). It painted a very romantic picture, I think.

After our getaway to Cabarete, I took Karla back to the Airport in Santiago and wished her a fairwell. It was a great time, and I am handing over my blog to Karla for one entry to get an outsiders view of a visit here! Enjoy.
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