Dominica, the land of the jungle!
Trip Start Jan 12, 2011
27Trip End Apr 24, 2011
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Anyways, DOMINICA was AMAZING! Absolutely beautiful! We arrived in Dominica at 8am on Saturday and a big group of us headed on a hike to Middleham Falls. After doing some bargaining, our group of 20 got a small bus to take us to the hiking spot. We were so lucky to get the coolest tour guide ever, his name was Leon. Leon told us everything we would ever want to know about the island and he even did some rapping and singing for us. On the way up to our hike we stopped on the side of the road to get an ice cold brewski, known as a Kubuli, their local beer
When we arrived back in Roseau we found a local bar and drank some famous rum punch. Apparently all the bars on the island make up fun names for their rum punch because each have a special recipe. The rum punch at JRs, the bar we stopped at, was known as “Slap my ass and take me to bed”. It was extremely strong and very difficult to drink so I can see where that name comes from haha. At night we all went out to a couple bars that the locals opened especially for us. Leon had recommended Krazy Koconts so we tried it out and it was pretty crazy! It was completely packed with Semester at Sea students as well as some life long learners ha
The whole Island felt so safe and it was so easy to get around. Everyone speaks English because English is their first language so communicating with the locals was simple. The MV Explorer was docked within walking distance of most shops, restaurants, and bars so that made it even easier to feel safe. Monday morning was a bit difficult to get up and out of bed, but once we all passed that point we headed to the black sand beach. It was not the best beach weather, but we still went swimming in the ocean and caught a few rays. I found a few pieces of sea glass and may try to make some necklaces out of them. We ate some local cuisine, right off the grill at the beach. I had some BBQ chicken and beans, I kind of felt like a barbarian as a scarfed down the chicken leg. Later we walked around the markets in the capitol and I got some post cards and a Dominican flag. I am hoping to get a flag from every country we visit and make some sort of quilt out of them. Dominican people are so laid back and easy to talk to. They are intrigued in our culture just as much as we are excited to talk to them about their life. Heading back to the ship was pretty depressing, but it wont be long until we are in Brazil. The coolest thing about this trip is that our backdrop changes everyday. You can be sitting in the exact same spot on the 7th deck and the sensory changes as we travel, it is amazing. We arrive in Brazil next Sunday so we got a few days of work before we get to play again, so I better get started. Adios Amigos!