Boca Chica

Trip Start Dec 08, 2007
Trip End Dec 14, 2007

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Flag of Dominican Republic  ,
Sunday, December 9, 2007

As I land at Dominican Republic, I am awed by the challenge of living and traveling in the DR without knowing/speaking any Spanish. That would not be too much of a problem if I stick to resorts where the staff has acquired some english skills, but when traveling independently the tables are turned and its you who would have to acquire some spanish to get by.

As soon as I get out of the airport I am struck by the non-aggression of the cabbies while hustling fares. I ask for and reach the rental car offices and here is the first challenge. The lady at the rental car counter speaks very little english and I speak almost no spanish ( my vocabulary is limited to these 2 words .. gracias, buenos dias).

I rent cars often and the transaction takes about 5 minutes; here it took about 45. Anyway alls well that ends well I get into the car and drive away towards Santo Domingo. the roads remind me a lot of my native India. The road rules consist of jungle maxims like 'might is right', 'survival of the fittest',  'every one for himself' etc.. ( you get the picture)

I end my day at Boca Chica, which is a beach within spitting distance of santo domingo. The beach is disappointing but it is the right place to be immersed into DR. I find a hotel, check in and then immediately go out for a walk. I run into Miguel and his very pretty and intelligent girlfriend. Miguel has lived in the US and Puerto Rico and is fluent in English. Infact he works as an english-spanish interpreter. His skills are soon put to test as his girlfriend (who speaks no english) and I have a good conversation about all things indian (movies, food and hindusim).

Boca chica is full of dominican women offering themselves for money , but apparently prostitute is not the word used to describe them ... go figure!

I have a good local meal of fried fish, fried plantain and fried tortilla like stuff. all for about 6US$. The rest of the day is a blur, thanks to Barcelo, Brugal and Presidente.

Here I am introduced to a Mamaguana, an alcoholic beverage that consists of rum (or other liquor) mixed with honey and then infused with spices like cinnamon, vanilla and a few others. It is also considered to have Viagra like qualities. While I cant attest to those affects it is certainly delicious.
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